A few short years ago, Katie Davis was a homecoming queen and senior class president from Brentwood, Tennessee. Currently – at only 23 years old – she is the adoptive mother of 13 daughters, a nonprofit founder (Amazima), and a resident of Uganda.
In her attempt to say “yes” to God, and live in His special plan for her life, Davis found herself forgoing college to move halfway around the planet to a beautiful yet impoverished country. Doing so entailed leaving behind her parents, brother, boyfriend, friends, and comfortable American lifestyle in order to sacrifice for and serve “the least of these” at each and every moment.
Her first book, Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption, documents both the physical and spiritual journeys of this American-teenager-turned-Ugandan-mother. It is her personal account of the suffering and joy involved in submitting to God’s will, living as Christ did in the most literal sense – an act this is almost never easy, yet always worth it.
Reading this book is sure to redefine several concepts with which you may think you are already familiar. These are only some of the things of which I gained a better understanding, listed in no particular order:
- Unconditional love
- The least of these
- To love one’s neighbor as oneself
- God’s will
- Free will
Davis points out that despite an old, cliche statement of encouragement, “God will never give you more than you can handle,” He often does call us to do the impossible. He knows we cannot succeed alone, but that if we just try, He can work miracles through us.
This book, in essence, is a call to action: to serve God by living His will for us to literally care for others, specifically “the least of these.” Of course, doing so will look different for many of us than it does for Katie Davis. We have not all been called to leave our loved ones and move across the planet, to adopt more than a dozen children, or to create new nonprofit organizations. The point she is making is that each of us can do something, to love others unconditionally so that they, too, may know the Lord.
Kisses from Katie was not written in order to evoke guilt that we are not doing enough; rather it serves to inspire its readers to simply do more. To just take that first step, refuse to give up, and watch as God works through us in ways that we never believed to be possible.
Regardless of religious denomination, we all contemplate our life’s calling. We all want to ensure that our lives serve a meaningful purpose. This book has the power to inspire new ideas in each of us to bring about the manifestation of our best selves.