Recently on my Facebook page, I asked my readers if they would be interested in some sort of book club. Several of you commented that you like the idea, but rather than a formal discussion, you would prefer occasional book recommendations. In honor of today’s weekly service challenge, and because … well, it’s my favorite … Here is our first book suggestion.

(Now here’s the thing about me. I DON’T LIKE SPOILERS. I don’t like it when people give away the ending to books or movies. But I also know that most people want to know what a book is about before they read it. So here we go: my attempt to review one of the best books I’ve ever read, giving you a glimpse into what it’s about without giving anything major away. Wish me luck.)

Kisses from Katie

I’d heard about Kisses from Katie several times before I decided to read it. Who is this Katie girl, and who is she kissing? But finally I checked it out of the library. I opened it and began reading the introduction. I had only made it in a few pages when I read this and froze.

“During the first few months I lived in Uganda, in fall of 2007, I wrote, ‘Sometimes working in a Third World country makes me feel like I am emptying the ocean with an eyedropper.’ Today, it still feels that way. I have learned to be okay with this feeling because I have learned that I will not change the world. Jesus will do that. I can, however, change the world for fourteen little girls and for four hundred hungry schoolchildren and  for a sick and dying grandmother and for a malnourished, neglected, abused five-year-old. And if one person sees the love of Christ in me, it is worth every minute. In fact, it is worth spending my life for.”

Have you ever felt like that? Like there is so much need in the world that it’s like emptying the ocean with an eyedropper? I have. Many times. It’s hard to even know where to start. But these words of Katie’s went straight to my soul, dug deep, and planted roots.

I don’t know exactly what I am going to do to make a difference in the world. I am figuring it out, one day at a time. But if you are looking for a book that will inspire you, touch your heart, make you laugh and cry, and restore your faith in humanity, I’d recommend Kisses from Katie. How much do I love it? I checked it out from the library last year. Then I bought it, because I wanted to be able to share it with friends (which I have). Then I bought more copies to give as Christmas gifts. And just this past Halloween, I attended a “Who do you want to be when you grow up?” party, and I dressed like Katie.

I really, really want to be like her.

Her book chronicles her journey, beginning with as the girl who goes on a mission trip to Uganda, and continuing through her amazing story as the young woman who, in a quiet but powerful way, begins to change an entire community. I was only halfway through the book when I frantically put it down, ran to my computer, and googled Katie Davis. I wanted to know how she was doing. (She’s doing great.) I wanted to see if she was able to help the children she was serving. (She absolutely did. She has transformed their lives.) I wanted to know if there was any way I could help. (There was.)

If you can borrow this book from a friend or from your library, I would highly recommend it. If you’d like to purchase it, you can look at Katie’s website. Or you can purchase it on Amazon: Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption.

“Many days, I am still overwhelmed by the magnitude of the need and the incredible number of people who need help. Many days I see the destitute, disease-ridden children lining the streets in the communities I serve and I want to scoop up every single one of them, take them home with me, and feed and clothe and love them. And I look at the life of my Savior, who stopped for one. So I keep stopping and loving one person at a time. Because this is my call as a Christian. I can do only what one woman can do, but I will do what I can.”

I cried the first time I read these words. And today, as I type them, I’m crying again.

I would love it if you’d read this book and then come back and tell me what you think. In a few weeks, I’ll share a few ways that you can support the amazing work Katie is doing, especially as you’re doing your Christmas shopping. Because I can’t go to Uganda today. I can’t work by her side as she feeds hungry children. But from here in my home in the United States, I want to do a my part to support this wonderful mission.

Let’s all be like Katie.

Let’s “keep stopping and loving one person at a time”.

Let’s do some good today.

 

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