Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and RedemptionKatie J. Davis, Beth ClarkHoward Books / 2012 / Trade Paperback$11.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 68 Reviews
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Sheila LandisAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5What an inspirational book!November 12, 2011Sheila LandisAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I hope all Christians can read this book to encourage us all to get out of our comfort zones to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I think it would be a great book for those searching too. Katie has a real relationship with Jesus because she is with Him everyday serving the least of these.
Nightstand ReaderBrentwood, TNAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5a remarkable faith, love - and storyNovember 2, 2011Nightstand ReaderBrentwood, TNAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We moved to Brentwood, Tennessee, in January 2006. My youngest daughter, Caroline, was a junior in high school. You can imagine how nervous we were as parents on how the move would go for an almost-senior (and for the two other kids still in the house). Within days Caroline met two Katies who welcomed her to Ravenwood High School and made her feel as if she had grown up in their circle of friends. I'm still sighing with relief.
One of the wonderful Katies - Katie Davis - took a different path after graduation to say the least. She is now the unmarried mother of 14 young girls. Is that even possible? Is this one of those stories about youth gone bad?
I need to give a warning to any potential readers at this point. Do not pick up Kisses from Katie if you live a comfortable life and don't want anything or anyone messing up your comfort zone.
Katie's story is a story of youth gone good. It is both heartwarming and heartbreaking - and in reading it you will never be satisfied with a status quo lifestyle again. If you have never felt a gentle nudge from God that you have something beyond yourself to accomplish in this world - or if you have suppressed and ignored the nudge - this book serves as a loud, clanging, blaring wakeup call to hear and embrace your call.
"Kids" can be idealists - and when Caroline told me Katie was going to do a yearlong mission project before attending college, I thought that sounded great - that it would be good for her. Little did I know ... I did know Katie's parents were quite nervous when she said the project would be serving in an orphanage in Uganda. After surveying the situation in Africa carefully, her dad reluctantly gave his permission for her to go - with the condition that she promise to come back and enroll in college and move on with her life. She was true to her word - but even as she attended classes the fall of her return, she was miserable, thinking only of her "girls" back in Uganda.
Katie - high school homecoming queen and student body president and honor student and girlfriend to a handsome, committed, spiritual, star athlete - had every reason to "come home." But her heart was back in Uganda with the motherless children she had fallen in love with. Is it any wonder that the name she has been given by the people of her village is "Mommy." Katie's ongoing adventures in Uganda are amazing and fit the adage that truth is stranger than fiction. In her case, it is not stranger, but more incredible.
My family has been blessed by the Katie who befriended the "new kid" at school. We've been privileged to meet two of her daughters, Patricia and Grace. Most of all we have been inspired to step out of our comfort zone and to look around to see what God is doing in the world that we need to take part in.
I can't recommend Kisses from Katie highly enough for the spiritual blessings you will experience reading this story of relentless love and redemption.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5an inspiring story, especially for teensOctober 14, 2011bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Katie had it all. She was homecoming queen, class president, top of her class, she drove a cute sports car.
But God was growing a desire in her. She loved and admired and worshiped Jesus. Now she was being urged to do what He said.
Her adventure began in December of 2006 when she and her mom went to Uganda, volunteering in an orphanage for three weeks. She returned to the States to finish high school but her heart was back in Uganda. Her parents agreed to let her postpone college a year so she could teach kindergarten in a small village outside of Jinja, Uganda.
She enlisted the help of her parents for the paper work (to establish a nonprofit organization) and soliciting of funds to send kids to school ($60 per child). She has to have an address for her NGO so she rented a house, soon visited by the scores of children she helped. Then she began adopting.
She had planned to be there only a year and then return to the U.S. for college and the normal American life. But a "normal" life after that year in Uganda was impossible. At her parents request, she returned to America and college. She was nineteen and "mommy" to eight children in Uganda. She lasted one semester and then went back. She hasn't sat in a lecture hall since but has learned lessons beyond value.
Katie is now twenty two years old and has fourteen children. She has learned that you don't have to have a degree in education or medicine to help others. She has learned that something happens when you make yourself available to God.
Why does she do this? She does it for Jesus. "I adopt because God commands me to care for the orphans and the widows in their distress." (73) She is honest about the cost, the weariness. But she also shares the reward - she knows she is doing what Jesus wants her to be doing.
Read this book and be challenged. You will have to ask yourself what your life would look like and what would happen for the kingdom, should you accept and commit to Jesus' command.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.