I mentioned in a recent post that I would be review this book soon, and here it is! The full title is Kisses from Kate: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie J. Davis, and Beth Clark. The story is written from Katie’s perspective and Katie is a very interesting sister in Christ. Katie traveled to Uganda on a short-term mission trip that changed her, and her family’s lives forever. That short-term trip turned into what is shaping up to be a lifelong adventure.
Falling in love with the people there, and seeing the poverty, disease, and suffering first hand, Katie felt called to return to Uganda… and now she has 13 adopted Ugandan daughters, and is the founder of a really neat charity; Amazima Ministries. Obviously the book is an account of how all of this went down with the focus being on Jesus and His call on our lives, whatever that call may be.
First, let me say that I loved the book, loved the story, and it is very readable. I would highly suggest this book to Christian high school students. All believers would enjoy this account, but I single out students of that age because I feel it would open their hearts to possibilities. Having said that, this is also the book that prompted me to post an article I titled “Two Left Feet.” The danger is that those that read Kisses from Katie will either take away legalism, and/or the idea that we all have to go to Uganda and adopt orphans. Katie is very clear in her book that isn’t the case, but it is not stated in as clear of a manner as I embrace, hence my article.
I admit, the story amazes me, esp. because of Katie’s age (starts at 17/18) and this is from a person who believes that children and adolescents are capable of moving mountains under certain circumstances, and that hard work should not be denied them. The only thing about this book that may bother certain readers is the sometimes heart-wrenchingly accurate descriptions of the aforesaid poverty, disease, and suffering. This is definitely a book that helps redefine priorities and does so in a manner that is so refreshingly straightforward with good storytelling and very little “preaching.” I give it the Scribbler honor of being one of those books I plan to read again.
Get it, read it, give it to a teen, you won’t regret it.