Monday, August 13, 2012

Book review: Kisses from Katie

I just finished reading "Kisses from Katie" this week.  Have you heard of it?

It's the story of Katie Davis, and how she left her home in suburban America to live in Uganda, devoting herself to the people there and eventually adopting 14 orphaned Ugandan children.  It is a fantastic story of what God can do through those who choose to really follow Him.  Here's part of the blurb from Barnes and Noble:

"What would cause an eighteen-year-old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to disobey and disappoint her parents by forgoing college, break her little brother’s heart, lose all but a handful of her friends (because they think she has gone off the deep end), and break up with the love of her life, all so she could move to Uganda, where she knew only one person and didn’t even speak the language? 

A passion to follow Jesus.

Katie Davis left over Christmas break of her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved by the people of Uganda and the needs she saw that she knew her calling was to return and care for them. Katie, a charismatic and articulate young woman, is in the process of adopting thirteen children in Uganda and has established a ministry, Amazima, that feeds and sends hundreds more to school while teaching them the Word of Jesus Christ."

I loved this book.  Katie's story is incredible powerful, not because she is living in another country but because she dared to follow God's will that took her out of her comfort zone.  I wonder how often we don't do things Jesus wants us to because it requires going places that scare us.  Are we really so scared to be uncomfortable?  I know I am at times.  God is so faithful to us when we are in His will, though.  I loved the countless stories in this book that pointed to that. 

It's interesting that I would read it while also doing Beth Moore's study on James.  James' theme is" If you aren't living it, you don't believe it."  God is definitely stirring His spirit within me to show my faith through my acts; to do what he says and go out and feed the hungry, heal the sick, comfort the suffering.  I definitely encourage you to read this book--it will encourage and challenge you!

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