KISSES FROM KATIE BOOK REVIEW

 

 

 

 

 

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption is now available at your local bookstore! I cannot say enough about Katie, her inspiring story and the impact that she is having (with Amazima) on the people in Uganda. I visited her in May and met her girls and met the Amazima team and I feel so privileged to know these people and serve with them.

In Kisses from Katie you read how Katie Davis graduated high school and moved to Uganda at the age of 18 to teach Kindergarten in an orphanage. She did not know the language. She had very few connections in the country. She took the untraditional, unconventional path and followed Jesus to Uganda, away from her sheltered upbringing, leaving behind her little brother and her boyfriend and all her high school friends, to live in a tiny bedroom (more like a closet) in a land of red-clay dirt, orphaned children, poverty, and disease. Yet she would find in Uganda a joy that surpasses her greatest expectations. She discovers the closer she gets to following Jesus, the more beauty and joy and purpose she experiences.

Some of my favorite parts of the book are describing all her first impressions and cultural observations of Uganda. Believing she would teach 12-15 students, she arrived to 138 pairs of eyes eagerly waiting her instruction. Can you imagine it? She describes encounters with rats, diseased children, her first trip to Masese, how she came to add her daughters to her family, and the birth of Amazima Ministries, the organization I work for and love.

Mostly this book is about an ordinary woman who is able to do extraordinary things, not because of who she is, but because of who He is. I really love Richard Stearn’s endorsement of her book:

“When you think of what one young woman can accomplish by simply being open to God’s call no matter the cost, you begin to ask questions like, Am I really open to God’s will for my life? Through Katie’s story, we’re reminded how God can use ordinary people to do extraordinary things for Him. We simply need to be willing to be used.” Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S. and author of The Hole in Our Gospel

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