Tuesday, May 22, 2012

{Reader's Review} Kisses From Katie

Some books simply move you. 
They can move you to laughter or tears. They can spur you to action or frighten you to inaction. Sometimes it is the subject matter, others the eloquent language. Maybe it is the name of the author that gives you a glimpse of what lies ahead before even opening the cover. An inspiring picture may grace the book jacket or one so horrendous that you rip it off and tuck it away. Whatever the reason or way, some books simply move you. And this book moved me.

The cover picture was telling, the name was unfamiliar, and the style of writing was clean, simple, and inviting. The story inside --the message within-- was one I'll never forget. It is a story of a girl who said "Yes" to Jesus with her whole heart and it turned her world upside down. Her yes took her to Uganda. Her yes filled her days with dirt and disease. Her yes brought her fourteen adopted daughters at the young age of 22. The key here: she continued to say "Yes!"

I had never heard of Katie Davis before picking up this book at Barnes & Noble. Honestly, I had only heard of the book once, spotting the brightly colored cover on a friend's instagram. Roaming the Christian Inspiration section, I saw it again and before I knew it, I was out the door, book in hand. I remember debating whether to buy it or borrow it, back and forth, back and forth. But now I am so thankful to have it in my library because I plan to read it again and again, and maybe even lend it to a friend or two. Actually, there's no maybe about it. It is quite worth the read!

In Kisses from Katie, Katie shares her story. After graduating high school, she planned to take a year off, serving at a school in Uganda. Within that year, her roots began to grow in the dry, red dirt and her heart became tied to the villages in which she was working. Her work: sharing the love of Jesus in any and every way possible. There was a language barrier, she was out of her comfort zone, and she came in contact with poverty, disease, and filth daily. But she had been given a key to the Kingdom and she wanted these children and their families to go with her.

She writes time and time again that she is hardly heroic, but was simply following her calling. Our calling. To give of ourselves to others, making disciples of all nations. She did not go on a short term trip to convert as many natives as possible. She went to disciple them, to share the love of the Lord with those who may have never experienced love before, giving her time, her resources, her abilities --all of which the Lord had given her-- to see peoples hearts healed and turned toward her Creator.


We may not all be called to be missionaries abroad, but we are called to live a missional life. Our mission: to love God, to love others, and to multiply the lifestyle that Jesus demonstrated for us while on earth, serving others and telling the world of His goodness, sacrifice, and salvation. For some, it will mean leaving our homeland for a distant nation. For others, it will mean standing boldly within our homes, workplaces, and schools, sowing widely so that others can know the love of our Father.

This book challenged me. It moved me and it challenged me and I don't want to lose this by turning the last page. My life is not about me. It is not about this blog, it's not about school; it's not about what I wear or what I eat or how many followers I have on Twitter. It's about Him and furthering His Kingdom. How easily we forget that.

As for Kisses From Katie, I recommend it with my whole heart! Your faith will be stirred, your heart will be broken, and you will want to do more.  If you have a heart for adoption, this book will increase your aching for the abandoned and inspire you to either keep pursuing it and to continue to trust our Father to be such a figure to the fatherless. It is beautiful!


The story doesn't end here. Katie is a blogger too, on occasion, and it is the best way to keep up with the goings-on of her life in Uganda. You can find her at Kisses From Katie.  Her non-profit ministry, Amazima, can be found and followed at their Facebook page, their blog, or on their website as well. From any of these locations you can read more about Katie and even donate to her cause and ministry.  I highly encourage you to read the book and get involved. If nothing else, add Katie and Amazima to your prayers. The Lord hears us when we call and the power of prayer is greater than we think.  I'll leave you with this, one of my favorite quotes posted by the Amazima site: "Compassion means to become close to the one who suffers. But we can come close to another person only when we are willing to become vulnerable ourselves. A compassionate person says: 'I am your brother; I am your sister; I am human, fragile, and mortal, just like you. I am not scandalized by your tears, nor afraid of your pain." Henri Nouwen.

Read Kisses From Katie! It will change your life and stir your heart!

2 comments:

  1. I just got through reading this book and it is wonderful! :)

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  2. My brother gave it to me as a Bday gift. Can't wait to read it!

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