Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption
By Katie Davis, with Beth Clark (reviewed by Peter DeHaan)
From all appearances, Katie Davis was a typical all-American high school student: homecoming queen, class president, lots of friends, and frequent trips to the mall, with a loving boyfriend, cool convertible, and doting parents who would do just about anything for her – including sending her to the college of her choice.
Yet she also had a deep passion to follow Jesus and serve him fully. After repeated begging, she went on a two-week mission trip to Uganda during her senior year Christmas break. There her heart was broken for the plight of the Ugandan people. She quickly fell in love with them, desiring to return. Upon graduation, she did just that. It would only be for a year, she promised her parents. Then she would obediently go to college as they wished. But when college didn’t work out, she bought a one-way ticket to return to her home in Uganda.
There Katie is impacting Uganda in ways that belies her years, adopting orphans, putting kids through school, feeding the hungry, and providing basic care to the hurting, marginalized, and ignored.
Katie’s life inspiringly shows us that with the help of Jesus one person can make a difference. Age, education, and gender aren’t factors; all that’s required is a resolute heart to do whatever Jesus tells you to do. Just ask Katie Davis.
[Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption, by Katie Davis, with Beth Clark; published by Howard Books, 2012, ISDN: 978-1451612097, 304 pages.]
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