Wednesday, October 5, 2011


I am fortunate to have heard about this book. Kisses From Katie shines a light on the poverty and pain of Uganda, but also on love and what can be accomplished with enough faith. 

Katie Davis had everything an American girl might dream of. She was her high school’s homecoming queen and was elected senior class president. She drove a yellow sports car and was in love with a boyfriend she expected to marry. It was assumed that after graduation, her parents would cover tuition to any college of her choice.

Yet, Katie had always admired Mother Teresa. At 16 she announced she wanted to do missionary work after graduating from high school. A three-week trip to Uganda with her mother led to an offer there to teach kindergarten for a year. She accepted with a promise to go to college when she returned home. However, after a year she didn’t want to leave.  In an effort to honor her parents’ wishes, she attended a semester of college, but it wasn’t where she wanted to be. Katie’s heart remained with the needy, sick and starving children of Uganda.

This book is filled with many touching stories. Learn how, at only 22, she gradually became the adoptive mother of fourteen Ugandan babies and girls. She also supports over 200 other children with several meals a day, clothing, baths and education. Each child’s story will move you.

The only criticism I have of this book is that, like so many Christian books, it is preachy. The Christian messages are fine, just repetitive. I suspect that Beth Clark might be responsible for many of them. Katie was raised Catholic and most Catholics lead by example. Katie certainly does this.

Katie’s descriptions of the children’s plights, and her attempts to help, are captivating.  Although not every person and child in Uganda receives the assistance they need, and countless die every day, each individual who is helped is a blessing — a precious child of God and their life a miracle. It’s those miracles we need to focus on and how we, too, can help.

Read Katie’s book and visit her non-profit organization, Amazima, which means Truth. They provide medicine, food, clothing and education to as many as they possibly can. It’s your donations and mine that will save more and more lives.

Thanks to Jennifer Smith at Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, for providing us with an advanced reading copy. We are grateful to have read it and been made aware of Amazima. We highly recommend Kisses From Katie.


1 comment:

  1. Yes, i dont like preachy either and im adopted from india via german missionaries in the 70s. This is not a new concept.