Kisses From Katie: A Story Of Relentless Love And Redemption (2011)
Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption (2011)
4.38 of 5 Votes: 2
1451612060 (ISBN13: 9781451612066)
Howard Books
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A very good read; however, I get the impression that the book was probably cut down from a more extensive story to target the white anglo US market in order to get additional donations for this very worthy cause. Pros - a well crafted book on a great topic. She's a twenty-two years old, raising fourteen little girls in Uganda. How did this high school student from Nashville, Tennessee, end up mothering children in East Africa? In her own words . . ."Jesus wrecked my life. For as long as I could remember, I had everything this world says is important. In high school, I was class president, homecoming queen, top of my class. I dated cute boys and wore cute shoes and drove a cute sports car. I had wonderful, supportive parents who so desired my success that they would have paid for me to go to college anywhere my heart desired. But I loved Jesus.Slowly but surely I began to realize the truth: I had loved and admired and worshiped Jesus without doing what He said . . . I wanted to actually do what Jesus said to do. So I quit my life. I quit college; I quit cute designer clothes and my little yellow convertible; I quit my boyfriend. I no longer have all the things the world says are important. I do not have a retirement fund; I do not even have electricity some days. But I have everything I know is important. I have a joy and a peace that are unimaginable and can come only from a place better than this earth. I cannot fathom being happier. Jesus wrecked my life, shattered it to pieces, and put it back together more beautifully."A good book to share.Cons - the book makes it appear that she single-handedly takes care of everyone and everything. There is brief mention of some of the live-in help that assist her with this project; I believe that much of that information was likely removed from the original manuscript. There are NOT enough hours in the day for one individual to do everything that is discussed in this book without help from the wonderful people assisting her in this mission. Other than the unrealistic expectations assigned to Katie - the book is well worth reading and is something that everyone should share; especially with young people. Katie Davis had it all: homecoming queen, senior class president, a boyfriend she loved, a cool car, and a loving family. Christmas break of her senior year, Katie’s world changed as she left to go on a mission trip to Uganda. Katie fell in love with the country in its entirety: the red dirt roads that stained your feet, the weird animals, but most importantly the people there. Upon her return, Katie realized that is not only where God wanted her, but where she wanted to be as well. Nervous how her family and friends would react, Katie hid the fact that she wanted to live in Uganda for a year before going to college. Finally on her birthday, Katie blurts out what she wants to do. Her parents think that she is going off the deep end, but after they realize how serious Katie is, they agree to let her go. Katie ends up living in Uganda permanently as a teacher at a local school. She has adopted 14 children at the age of 21. She saw a need for food and school supplies so she started her own charity that sponsor a child’s full needs all year.People who are willing to take a risk in life would enjoy this book. Katie left the safe world she knew in to go to one filled with disease and terror against the will of those who loved her most. If someone was thinking about going on a mission trip, this would be a great book to read. Over the summer, I am going on mission to the Dominican Republic and this book set a huge fire in my heart to want to go even more. Mission work scares a lot of people and Katie writes many positive encouragements about them. Katie is accepting the challenge God has given her, so many Christians would like this too; the book will challenge them to step out of their comfort zone and challenge their faith. When I started to read this book, I was at the point on deciding whether or not to go on a mission trip this summer. This book helped me realize that going was exactly what I should do. Katie is such an inspiration because she shows that you can make a difference no matter who you are. At only 18 she lived in a foreign, third world country all by herself; Katie makes me want to step up my game and make a difference. I am 2 years younger than Katie was when she started her own non-profit; Katie proves that age doesn’t matter when it comes to meeting a need. I also really enjoyed her multitude of stories about the Ugandan children and people; they have so little, but so much joy.
This book is an amazing testament to the faith a young girl has with God.
Wow what a mature person at such a young age. Courageous,
A book set in a different country
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