Kisses From Katie by: Katie Davis Author, Katie Davis, started her missionary and writing career at the astonishing age of 18. Katie was no ordinary teen-aged high school graduate, she graduated as class president with other accomplishments throughout her high school years such as Homecoming Queen. She could have carved out a career and established a solid social-life, until God radically stepped in. “l have absolutely no desire to write a book about myself. This is a book about a Christ who is alive today and not only knows but cares about the hairs on my head.
I’m writing this book to emind you of this living, loving Christ and what it means to serve Him… And if He can use me, He can use you. “, said Katie when an anonymous blogger inquired about her reasoning on composing Kisses From Katie. In this quote, Katie talks about God using her to serve Himself and others and that is exactly what she does. In December of 2006, Katie travels to Uganda for the first time. The love and compassion she felt for this impoverished African-American society was instantaneous.
After her mission trip in the winter of 2006, Katie could not wait any longer as she had become more and more anxious to be back where she proclaimed “Home”. Following her first trip to Uganda, Katie returned as a Kindergarten teacher where she taught classrooms full of poverty-stricken kids. After observing these innocent children’s daily lives, she soon realized that something needed to change for them; God laid it on Katie’s heart to start a child sponsorship program.
Later that year, she established a non-profit organization called Amazima Ministries International. The native Luganda word “Amazima” means “truth”, a word Katie took from her favorite Bible verse John 8:32 “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. ” Not only did Katie ecome a founder of her own organization in 2008, she also became a mother of 3 which later became a prodigious number of 13. “Adoption is a beautiful picture of redemption. It is the Gospel in my living room. “( a quote from Kisses From Katie on adoption).
This book doesn’t portray Katie’s life as perfect, or herself as perfect for that matter, she is also transparent about her own struggles, “The first month, I loved living there; you have all this love from these children, the next month, I feel that I’m tired of washing my hair in a bucket. Spiritually, I had to rely so much on God as He stripped away all things I was dependent on. (-Katie Davis). Ultimately this book, as previously stated, was to remind the privileged of a living and loving God. Personally, Katie achieved this greatly.
After reading this very inspirational and respected book, I decided to further my walk with God by applying for an internship in Nicaragua with my best friend Abbey, who is a summer missionary. One of my favorite quotes from Kisses From Katie is on page 119 where Katie says, “l don’t always know where this life is going. I cannot see the end of the road, but here is the great part: Courage is not about knowing the path. It is about taking the first step. It is about Peter getting ut of the boat, stepping out onto the water with complete faith that Jesus will not let him drown. That is why this book was so inspirational to me, it showed me to get out chances. Like always, there’s a great ending to the book Kisses From Katie. Katie decides to officially make Uganda her home even though her parents did not want her to do this, yet still fully support her. She organized and continues to organize numerous “charities” for the people in Uganda. The heart of young mother and permanent missionary, Katie J. Davis is truly inspiring. This book has influenced my life and the life of many others.