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On-Sale Dates

US & Canada Trade Book - June 13, 2017

US & Canada Children's Books - August 29, 2017

US & Canada Young Adult Book - August 29, 2017

Trade Book Available in Spanish - June 13, 2017

Children's Book Available in Spanish - September 26, 2017


A man, a dog, and the lengths to which love will go to sacrifice for its companion.

Finding Gobi is the miraculous tale of Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner who crosses paths with a stray dog while competing in a 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert in China. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the Tian Shan Mountains, across massive sand dunes, through yurt villages and the black sands of the Gobi Desert, keeping pace with him for nearly 77 miles.

Although Dion did not cross the finish line first, he felt he had won something even greater – a new outlook on life and a new friend that he planned on bringing home as soon as arrangements were made.  However, before he could take her home, Gobi went missing in the sprawling Chinese city where she was being kept. Dion, with the help of strangers and a viral outpouring of assistance on the internet, set out to track her down, and reunite forever with the amazing animal that changed his life and proved to him and the world that miracles are possible.

Finding Gobi

Dion Leonard

Dion Leonard is a 41 year old Australian who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with his wife Lucja. Dion has not only completed but competed in some of the world’s toughest ultra marathons across the planet’s most inhospitable landscapes. This includes running across the brutal Moroccan Sahara desert twice in the 250km Marathon Des Sables and also twice across South Africa's Kalahari Desert, also 250km.

Dion's latest 250km race across the Gobi Desert in China turned out to be a completely different race where he fell in love with a stray dog (later named Gobi) that followed him during the week and who would change both of their lives forever.

Finding Gobi

Craig Borlase

Craig Borlase ( is a bestselling British author and collaborative writer of more than forty books. He specializes in dramatic memoir driven by faith. His most recent book is 10,000 Reasons with Matt Redman (David C Cook, August 2016), and his next releases are Fleeing ISIS Finding Jesus with Charles Morris (David C Cook, January 2017) and Finding Gobi with Dion Leonard (Thomas Nelson, summer 2017).

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