Books in Review: Kisses From Katie
This is such a powerful book. I was drawn to it from the first time its content were described to me, but I initially had a hard time getting around to reading it because I was still in college when I first heard about it. Then, one day in my last semester in college, I opened my mailbox to find a copy of this book along with a beautiful note of encouragement from one of my friends written on one of the blank pages. My friend said that she thought Katie’s story would be encouraging and inspiring to me, and she was absolutely right. This young woman’s passion and reckless abandon to follow God’s calling on her life is nothing short of amazing. What inspired me the most is her heart for orphans, which is something we have in common. It’s been amazing to see how God has blessed her ministry, even beyond the pages of this book, as she is now married with her first biological child. It makes me so happy for her and it’s another sign that she was right in pursuing God’s call on her life toward moving to Uganda. This is an autobiography that every young Christian should read if you haven’t already ~ Bethel
Most of us are afraid to respond to the callings that God places in front of us. We cling too hard to things within our comfort zone, fearful of what it will take to follow God’s calling. We also tend to stick to the plans we have always had for our future, never imagining that God’s calling could be our future. It seems that this is especially true of the millennial generation. Our technology and our comforts are so important to us, we can’t seem to imagine a life of service without them. So many people in our world are in need, yet we all tend to have an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude about it. We often don’t acknowledge it because it’s not right in front of our eyes. Even those that serve on mission trips are not usually compelled to return to the place where they served permanently, and we often ignore the needs that are right in our own country. It makes us ask the question: How can we learn to pursue God calling in this generation today?
In the New York Times Bestseller, Kisses From Katie, you meet Katie Davis, a young woman who pursued God’s calling for her life with reckless abandon to the other side of the world. In high school, Katie had everything a Christian girl in America could want, but when she took a missions trip to Uganda her senior year, Jesus began to tuck on her heart and turn her life upside down. By the time she graduated, she made plans to go back to Uganda for a year, then to return to the States to give college a try for her parents’ sake. But in that year, the life that Katie once knew was being completely undone and remade into something more beautiful. She worked at a school, started her own non-profit ministry, and began to adopt several Ugandan girls without a home. When she did go back to the States for college, she realized after only one semester that college wasn’t for her, and that this time, she was going back to Uganda permanently. She gave up all of the comforts she had in her life in America, even her boyfriend, to follow God’s calling with reckless abandon. By the time this book ends, her ministry was thriving and she was in the process of adopting 14 Ugandan girls she had taken into her home.
The story in this book is powerful and compelling. Katie’s transparency about her struggles through her journey and her obedient love for her Lord and Savior will inspire you to do the same. This isn’t a typical Christian autobiography - it’s a book every Christian should read, especially my generation. This book is available pretty much everywhere, so get your copy today!
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Bethel Grove is a Christian young woman who loves to read and write, eat Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Blizzards, and disciple teen girls as a youth leader. What started as a hobby of writing book reviews and doing deep biblical studies eventually led her down the path of self-publishing and helping other Christian authors launch their books. She hopes to someday be a vocational youth minister and well-known author.
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