I first read Kisses from Katie several years ago and immediately fell into deep admiration and respect for Katie Davis. Reading about how she gave up a comfortable life Nashville to become mother to thirteen daughters in Uganda sounded saintly. Reading her book was truly a blessing because of the gentle wisdom and brave testimony of this lovely young woman. Time has passed, life has blossomed even more for the now Katie Davis Majors and in her second book Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful (published by Multnomah) is filled with and even richer, deeper wisdom that was a privilege to read.
While the first book made me cringe with tales of giant rats (I detest rodents) and often caused me to tear up at the tales of a the desperately needy in Uganda. I still found plenty of joy and laughter in the tales of this determined young woman raising a large family on her own. Daring to Hope does offer moments of boundless happiness, but the book has a more mature tone. Katie is now a married woman with young son in addition to her thirteen daughters. She’s experienced even more of life, death, birth and love in the years that have unfolded between books. Where the first book was still budding, Daring to Hope shows a blossoming of the kind of godly spirit that many women like me strive but fail miserably at achieving.
The main focus in this book is that you can always find God’s goodness. That may sound crazy coming from a woman who leads a very complicated life surrounded by those who daily deal with staggering levels of disease and hunger. Katie always acknowledges the hard. Death is hard, illness is hard, feeling inadequate to provide for need is hard, Katie doesn’t deny this. In fact, that’s what affected me most about reading this book was realizing that these things do bother her. Hearing about her tears, anger, frustrations and questions made me feel that I’m not alone. I’m not the only one who wrestles with big questions about God. I’ve had a very difficult year, well several difficult years, and have had to confront a lot of doubt and questions. Sometimes when you confess these doubts to people whom have lead very comfortable and unquestioning lives you can feel judged and like there’s something wrong with you. There’s something wholly encouraging about knowing that there’s someone else out there, whose character you admire who has struggled with the same things.
I read this book three weeks after I had given birth to my youngest son. I sobbed for the last 15 pages and then spent some quiet time thinking about how hard the past few years have been. I thought about missing my Pappaw, losing our first child Taylor and two other early miscarriages, health problems, financial problems, relationships with friends and the church that left me shaken. And I found relief in all that God had carried me through and I could really see beauty in some moments that were hard. Aside from being a beautiful book that everyone should read, if you’re going through a season of life where you feel particularly alone or burdened, you need to read Daring to Hope.
God bless Katie for the work she does in her community through Amazima Ministries. And God bless her for being willing to find beauty in suffering and encourage a very exhausted new mother far away in Virginia.
Kari Liked: Daring to Hope is beautiful. I felt convicted and uplifted in reading it. It’s a book that truly teaches you how to deal with the biggest challenging moments of life and to find beauty in them through faith in God.
Kari Didn’t Like: I don’t have a complaint. It was a blessing to read.
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