Chasing Hope (Tomorrow’s Promise Collection Book #6) by Kathryn Cushman



A Personal Drama of Shattered Dreams and Second Chances

A talented runner fully committed to Olympic dreams, Sabrina Rice’s future was shattered by a devastating diagnosis. One forfeited scholarship and several years later, she has new goals and dreams that have nothing to do with running–something that’s become far too painful to think on.

Until the day she sees Brandy Philip running across the community college campus, easily outpacing security. Sabrina immediately recognizes world-class speed, and it’s all the more painful that it belongs to a teenage graffiti artist. When a chance encounter brings the two young women together, Sabrina becomes Brandy’s best hope for staying out of juvenile hall. Soon, Sabrina begins to feel an uncomfortable nudge that her new life is just about to be toppled…that God may be calling her to minister to this talented but troubled girl.

Review by Venture

When Sabrina is a young girl she feels that God is telling her she should win an Olympic medal and minister to the world.  She is a young girl on fire for God and is on fire for running.  It consumes her life.  It is very inspiring.  We fast forward 10 years where Sabrina is a hardworking college student with a job.  She still goes to church and is a good person but she has lost her fire for God.  She has rechanneled her focus onto her studies but she feels like her life went off course.  Things didn’t happen the way she planned and so she decides to settle.

Brandy is a young girl that everyone has given up on. She gets into trouble and she keeps getting passed on to family member to family member.  No one truly caring about her or will stick up for her. She is now living with her Grandmother who is at her wits end on what to do.  She tries and tries to reach Brandy but Brandy isn’t listening.  She decides to introduce her to Sabrina since she is friends with Sabrina’s grandmother.  Sabrina looks at this mouthy, rude, and insolent girl and dislikes her on the spot.  She is disgusted by her behavior to her grandmother and her lack of respect.

Sabrina’s grandmother asks her to help Brandy.  Since Sabrina would do anything for her grandmother and loves her, she agrees.  Brandy and Sabrina’s relationship is fraught with issues.  Lack of trust.  Lack of respect.  Lack of compassion.  In time, Sabrina and Brandy realize that they have a lot to learn from each other. Sabrina thinks she is the one teaching the lessons but she learns differently.  Maybe Brandy will be able to fulfill both Sabrina’s dream and create one to fulfill as well.  Sabrina might come to realization that at the age of 17 she knew the right path to be on even if life didn’t turn out the way she planned.  Sabrina might find that fire for God that will truly inspire the world.

This story was completely and utterly amazing.  I started reading this book and thought I saw how it would play out.  I was wrong.  Sometimes we need to look back and follow the dreams of our youth.  They might not unfold the way we had planned at a young age but that doesn’t mean we cant achieve what we ultimately want.  What we ultimately need.  It made me realize that even when hard ships come which they always do.  We need to hold onto what is important.

Chasing Hope gets 5 out of 5 books

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