Kisses from Katie is one of those books I saw around for months and months before I picked it up myself. Somehow the title turned me off a bit, and after reading it, I don’t think it is at all indicative of the power and beauty of Katie Davis’ story. If you’re like me and live under a rock part of the time, Kisses for Katie is the story of Katie Davis, a young woman who went to Uganda after her high school graduation to work with orphans and ended up staying and adopting fourteen orphan girls. That, of course, is the short version. A straightforward, linear story, this really is not, and honestly, the details are quite fuzzy in my mind (which may have something to do with sleep deprivation, too). In those rare, quiet moments, though, the overall theme of her story comes to mind and I think about what such obedience and passion for living out the Gospel would look like in my life.
Katie Davis left the American Dream to live in the Third World and care for orphans, AIDS victims, and the destitute. However, it is more than just a job to her–her heart truly beats for Uganda and for sharing the love of Christ and being his literal hands (to bathe and soothe and treat those suffering from various illnesses and parasites) and feet (to take food, medicine, clothing–whatever the need might be–to those without). She does it with such joy, such passion, such conviction–I wonder, again, what would my life look like if I just did the little things God has called me to with that sort of spirit?
You can read more about Katie and her life in Uganda on her blog.