Book Review: Kisses from Katie

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Katie Davis (now Majors) was a highly privileged teen from Tennessee with a bright future ahead of her. By the end of her school career she could tick the boxes of prom queen, top of her class, great boyfriend, cute car and doubtlessly popularity. But those were not her defining factors.

Katie has a heart for Jesus. And Jesus has a heart for people. And so since her first trip to Uganda at the age of eighteen, she fell in love, with poor, sick, dying children. All she wanted to do was go and help them.

Kisses from Katie shares the journey behind the establishment of Amazima (truth) ministries and how an American teen became a single mother of 13 African girls.

Though her compassion is a strong drive in serving the Ugandan communities of Jinja and Masese, she gets real about the pressure of American dream expectations amidst the conception of her calling. The contrasts are clear as she relates going back and forth between the plentiful material life in the US and the needy livelihood in her African community.

Her heart strings are tugged as she follows this extraordinary path with the Lord as her true shepherd. Yet she is simply following in His tracks by loving people in the most ordinary ways, carrying their burdens in faith to His throne room of abundance. And the breakthroughs are above expectation!

Scattered through the chapters are Katie’s personal journal entries relating many moments of victory, doubt, sadness, trust and battlement. The reader’s eyes are opened to the blessings a personal sacrifice of comfort can bring to communities and beyond.

“I’ve noticed something about people who make a difference in the world,” co-writer Beth Clarke writes in the foreword. ‘They hold the unshakeable conviction that every life matters … They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once ; they are satisfied with small changes … sometimes they even transform cities or nations, and yes, the world.’

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