A Book Review by Naomi Downing
Back cover: The New York Times bestselling account of a courageous eighteen-year-old from Nashville who gave up every comfort and convenience to become the adoptive mother to thirteen girls in Uganda.
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.
Kisses from Katie invites readers on a journey of radical love down the red dirt roads of Uganda. You’ll laugh and cry with Katie as she follows Jesus into the impossible and finds joy and beauty beneath the dust. Katie and her children delight in saying yes to the people God places in front of them and challenge readers to do the same, changing the world one person at a time.
Kisses From Katie follows Katie’s adventure—that’s just normal life to her. A normal day for her includes making breakfast for thirteen of her daughters that she loves dearly. While reading this story you can really see the power of faith and prayer.
Katie has, what most probably think is, a typical American teenager life. She goes to high school, has a boyfriend, and is, well, comfortable. Then she decides to spend her Christmas break in Uganda… and then, just a year… which turned into a lifetime commitment filled with helping people with anything. What I read about Katie in her book, I learned that she is willing to go to the ends of the world if that’s what she is supposed to do. She feed people, or give them medical care, or anything they need! She has strong faith, but even with all that, she is still human. She still deals with temptations, and sin, and doing the wrong thing… beyond that, though, she knows and teaches that God loves anyway.
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Downing is a homeschooled high school student who live on a small farm in the middle of no where. She enjoys reading, writing, taking pictures and dreaming about her future. She blogs at naomiandbooks.wordpress.com.