Kisses from Katie (Booking It: September Update)

Booking It is an online book club where we discuss what we’ve read over the past month as well as review a monthly assigned book. This month’s book is Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis.

(Heads up: if you make a purchase through any Amazon links in this post, I do receive a small percentage of the sale.)

I wish I could say that I’d read a handful of books this last month. But, alas, I can’t. I’m not exactly sure what the problem was except for lack of routine. I think summer does that to you, doesn’t it?

I’m looking forward to ironing out the kinks in our daily and weekly schedules and planning more “down” time. If it’s possible, I will find a way!

Today I can report on one book completed, though I do have four in process. Let’s talk about the Book of the Month, Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis.

I first heard of this book during its release last fall or winter. It looked good but I didn’t dig in right away. I blindly added it to our reading list for this year. And obviously, it was God-ordained.

I don’t even know where to start other than to say this:

Love people.

I am a rule follower. I am a stickler to have things “just so”. My siblings (and my kids, too, probably) know all too well my “good intentions” to get them to follow the straight and narrow.

Katie has shown me a different way.

Katie’s experience and reflections go against the grain. As a young college student she chose to live in Uganda, far from family and friends, in a land of poverty and sorrow. She chooses discomfort, something not many of us are willing to do.

The book tells of her experiences as witness to all kinds of atrocities and hurt people. Rather than bully or force people into the straight and narrow, she loves them.

  • She cleans them.
  • She feeds them.
  • She risks her life to bring them comfort and care.

In a word, she following God’s commands to love people. And what an example! She ends up becoming a mother to far more children than even I have!

I don’t want to spoil the book. But, I do want to encourage you to read it. It changed my perspective on how to help others improve their lives: Be genuine. Offer real help. Love them.

Warning: You cannot get through the whole book without some tissues. Grab the Kleenex box and go read.

Have you been Booking It?

Tell us about the books you’ve read! If you read Kisses from Katie, be sure to tell us what you thought of it.

Check out the list of 12 books that we’ll be reading together this year. Next month’s book is Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.



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  1. {Sigh} So, I get to read all kinds of free books now with my “newish” job, and I LOVE it. Sadly, my list of books that I wanted to read for fun (like Kisses from Katie), have been pushed back on my reading list. I’ve got multiple books in progress at the moment (some for work, a couple for review, and several for fun – though they’ve been untouched for a while), but I did manage to finish “Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go”, which is what I linked up today. Thanks for hosting – as always!

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      I know. I’m lagging on my reading as well. I’m putting a stop to it, though. Need to get back to my time budget and make sure I get my 30 minutes of fun reading every day.

  2. I’m already digging in to Les Miserables and LOVE it! But…my hopes of finishing that massive book by next month are slim. Lol! Thanks for organizing all of this. I have loved participating every month!

  3. Kisses from Katie was indeed inspiring. I so enjoyed this book when I read it this summer! Now, I’m in the midst of Les Miz. I picked it for my in-person book club next month, wanting to finish it before the new movie / musical comes out. It’s massive, but good!

  4. We LOVED Kisses from Katie :)!! We checked out her website and my two girls used their allowance to buy necklaces to support this precious ministry (http://amazima.org). I think older teens need to read this book…they’re not too young to make a difference. This is one of my all time favorite books. She’s real, beautiful and I think we can all relate to her :)!
    K.

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      I follow her on Facebook. And when my five year old despairs of ever getting married and having children (yes, she does), I hand her Katie’s book. Looking at the pictures calms her down.

  5. Katie and her book are amazing. I read the whole thing in two days and was incredibly moved by her faith and her works. She perseveres through trials those of us in the first world couldn’t imagine, and is rewarded by boundless love from her adopted daughters…and often more trials.

    Her ministry, Amazima, has a Facebook page and Katie blogs occasionally as well.

  6. In case anyone is interested, I found that Katie and her ministry are up for Glamour Magazine’s Reader’s Choice award – you can find out more on her Amazima Ministries facebook page.

  7. I read Kisses from Katie months ago and while I enjoyed it and am grateful for what she is doing, I did not find it that inspiring. What she has done is just not possible for so many people. Definitely it was worth the time to read, I just thought it’s “method” was unattainable to the general public.
    Also, she mentioned that she grew up Catholic, but it does not appear that she is raising her family Catholic, only Christian. In my opinion, there is a difference.
    To be sure, the world is a better place because of her and her family. Glad that you liked the book and it was a blessing to you.

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      I can totally see your point. I’m obviously not going to leave my life in the states and haul my family overseas to mirror what she’s done. For me, the take-away was about loving people — even when it’s inconvenient and messy. I think that we all probably know that and this is, of course, an extreme example of that, but I think it was that idea that was inspiring, not the actual Ugandan experience.

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