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Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  25,905 ratings  ·  2,421 reviews
What would cause an eighteen-year-old old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to disobey and disappoint her parents by forgoing college, break her little brother’s heart, lose all but a handful of her friends (because the rest of them think she has gone off the deep end), and break up with the love of her life, all so she could move to Ug ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Howard Books
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Stephanie Ridiculous Yes! It mentions things like abuse, prostitution, sickness and poverty - but nothing is graphic or without purpose. I think with some intentional…moreYes! It mentions things like abuse, prostitution, sickness and poverty - but nothing is graphic or without purpose. I think with some intentional conversations it would be very good for a young mind to read.(less)

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M.K. Gilroy
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
We moved to Brentwood, Tennessee, in January 2006. My youngest daughter, Caroline, was a junior in high school. You can imagine how nervous we were as parents on how the move would go for an almost-senior (and for the two other kids still in the house). Within days Caroline met two Katies who welcomed her to Ravenwood High School and made her feel as if she had grown up in their circle of friends. I'm still sighing with relief.

One of the wonderful Katies - Katie Davis - took a different path aft
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Samuel
Aug 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Enough has been said to praise this book, and what Katie Davis has accomplished is deserving of praise. But this book is severely lacking in cultural awareness or sensitivity. Instead of showing herself completely immersed in Ugandan culture, Katie instead uses the gospel to provide a "universal" truth that everyone engages in. Herein lies the problem, what Ugandan culture that is displayed is often negative, "African people's time", the tendency of step-mothers to neglect their children, the ha ...more
Natalie Vellacott
I originally gave the audio of this book 1 star= I didn't like it. I found that difficult to do due to really wanting to like the book and due to the similarities between Katie's work in Uganda and my own work with street children in the Philippines. I found so much of Katie's story mirrored my own experiences. The desperate poverty and wanting to take every person in to your home....

I have now read the book and found it better than the audio. The lady audio narrator tells the story in such a si
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Andrea
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
This is a very strange book. First, the comparisons of a 22 year old to Mother Theresa ( the galley I had referred to Greg Mortenson on the back too, but I'm guessing they'll take that off) kind of put me off to begin with. Second, the hysterical tone of the religious language and the patronizing attitude toward the Ugandans she works with was disturbing. Why would someone hire a teenager who didn't speak the local language to teach kindergarten? Was she actually being paid a salary? Was it more ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“What would cause an eighteen-year-old old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to disobey and disappoint her parents by forgoing college, break her little brother’s heart, lose all but a handful of her friends (because the rest of them think she has gone off the deep end), and break up with the love of her life, all so she could move to Uganda, where she knew only one person but didn’t know any of the language? A passion to make a difference. Ka
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Renee
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
She’s twenty-two years old, raising fourteen little girls in a dot on a map called Uganda. How did Katie Davis, high school student from Nashville, Tennessee, end up mothering children in East Africa? In her own words . . .

Jesus wrecked my life. For as long as I could remember, I had everything this world says is important. In high school, I was class president, homecoming queen, top of my class. I dated cute boys and wore cute shoes and drove a cute sports car. I had wonderful, supportive pa
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Kimberly Dickson
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Whoa. So, this book ended up being not quite what I expected and yet exactly what I needed. I went in expecting a touching story about a young, beautiful Christian girl who goes to Africa and cares for some children there. What I got was an honest confession from a young woman trying to follow the Lord about how hard it can be to do just that, especially when He's calling you to do something that seems crazy and difficult. And yet, she discovered great joy and peace doing just that - the hard st ...more
Tammy
May 17, 2012 rated it liked it
I get why this book is so popular. Katie has a great heart, and God is using her. It's inspiring.

But...Read it while simultaneously reading it while reading 'when helping hurts'....probably gave me a little bit of 'ugh'.....

BTW--READ WHEN HELPING HURTS, 5 stars!!!!!

Here's the thing that made me give this book 3 stars. The way she did things/does some things is pretty much exactly how I DON'T want to do things here. (don't get me wrong.....I love her heart for adoption and helping the least of t
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Carrie Turansky
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book more stars I would. I was so inspired by Katie Davis's story of her work in Uganda with orphans. She reminds me of a modern day Mother Theresa. Her heart to live out the Love of Christ has really touched my heart. I highly recommend this book.
Heidi
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Katie Davis was an 18-year-old senior class president and a homecoming queen living in Nashville Tennessee when she decided she wanted to become a missionary and put her plans for college (and pleasing her parents) on hold. She left over Christmas break during her senior year and headed to Uganda. What was supposed to be a short-term mission turned into a life-long passion for this young lady who once admitted to wanting to be Mother Theresa when she grew up. Katie fell in love with the people o ...more
Jazzy
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
finally finished!! Altho I had hiccups while reading it (not bc of the book, just life) I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. Throughout the entire thing, I just related to Katie SO MUCH from my experience falling in love with foreign missions. What a beautiful testimony!!
Kaleena Menke
While Katie is an impressive woman, I struggled with her cultural (in)sensitivity and the God that she believes in. On one page God is a miracle-worker who heals the impossible, on the next page it's "God's will" that a child should die of a curable disease.

The good? This book gave me a swift kick in the rear to remind me of my desire to work in developing countries.
Rissa
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She left everything she knew to do what she was meant to. She went to Africa to take care of orphans and that lead to teaching and then adopting 14 little girls and making a huge difference in their community.
This made me smile and made me cry and I couldnt have loved it more.

Katie knew what she had to do at a young age and I liked that she said that it was difficult and hard and just how different they lived their and how the children were treated and taken care of.
We get to see journal entr
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Melissa Jill
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is written by, and follows the journey of a 19 year old girl who went to live in a village in Uganda after graduating high school in a Tennessee suburb. She is now 23 and has 14 adopted daughters and a full-fledge non-profit that helps feed, clothe, educate and give hope to poor children who live in destitute conditions. Talk about using your life to make a difference! I want to make a difference with my life SO BADLY and this young girl is smoking me! I really enjoyed this book and Go ...more
Victoria Lynn
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the sweetest and best books I ever read. Loved it so much and I found it very inspiring!
Becky
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dare I say it? This is one of the best, best, best, best books I've ever read, at least in its genre. While Kisses From Katie may not be a theological book, a book about doctrines that unite and/or divide, a book strictly about the gospel--what it is, what it isn't--it is a book that celebrates and illustrates the gospel. It is a book that celebrates and honors Jesus Christ. Kisses From Katie is a memoir or a biography, I suppose. It tells the story of a young woman, a young teen when the book f ...more
Victoria Goodbrand
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Katie is such an amazing person I will always look up to!
She says she didn’t do anything but YES. She did. She allowed God to shape and mold her life, and lean on Him for everything. Wow. I can only one day dream of having a faith so strong.
This book was so incredible inspiring and really directed me back to God when I needed it most.
Like someone else stated in their review,
“If you haven’t felt a gentle nudge from God, or have simply ignored it, this book is a loud, blaring wake up call”
A wak
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Zane Jones
4.5 stars.
Itdont
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
I searched and searched and cannot find anything but glowing reviews for this book and gushing pats on the back for Katie. She is, afterall, single handedly saving the children of Africa. Be warned, this gal is kind of (actually extremely)irritating. Unless you can look past all the drama and emotion and baby cuddling that is poured into this thing. Allright, again, she is saving the children of Africa and that has to incorporate some drama. But not as much as this book contains. And I am glad f ...more
Iamthird
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
pg 132 "I was learning that the powerless, broken, dependent place was actually the place where the Lord was closest to me."

pg 224 "Help me to hurt, not just a little, but the way you hurt when your children are overlooked and perishing. Help me to never be too busy or too comfortable to remember the people who suffer. Help me to never stop desiring to do something about it. Lord, help us to remember that as the body of Christ, this is our responsibility. Thank you for loving us, even when we fo
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Missy
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
I would give Katie herself 5 stars for the ambition and drive she has to do what she has done. BUT, the book itself was not well written. I kept wanting more of her own story and how she grew up, wanting to know about how she came to want to go and do what she has done. I kept wanting to hear more about how the people and family she left behind felt. I had a hard with her leaving her "children" for several months to come back to the United States and attend college. That part seemed a little str ...more
Erica
Jan 14, 2012 rated it liked it
I am finding it very hard to rate this book....because I cannot imagine anyone being anything but impressed by this woman. She gives up everything to help the poorest of the poor in Uganda. You have to admire this girl and she personally deserves 5+ stars for her work and commitment. The book, however, was kind of irritating to read. Have to say first and foremost that I am extremely not religious. I wanted to hear about the children and people she helped, but could do without the Biblical stori ...more
Mackenzie Lane
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Katie Davis's life is remarkable!

Her testimony is inspiring, and it definitely stirred up a passion for fostering I didn't even know I had! But that's for wayyyy in the future, I'm sure 🤗

I've always wanted to adopt, and I loved reading about Katie's experience adopting each girl of hers. It offered insight into the good and the not-so-good aspects of adopting, and the trials they faced as a family living in Uganda.

Her passion for spreading the love of God is tangible & moving! It'll make y
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Jenna
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
TEN MILLION STARS!!! ⭐
This book is amazing! Katie’s story of how she was called by God to move to Uganda was so touching and inspiring. Her love for God pours from her words and really motivated me to depend more on God and be more aware of the poverty in the world.
Thank you, Katie, for writing such an amazing book! ❤
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Melissa T
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
As I was reading this book, I couldn't help but wonder if there was actually an American teenager this good--she seems to have the wisdom and desires of Mother Theresa, but at the tender age of 19. Katie's story was so inspiring I hardly know where to begin. She not only knows exactly what it is to be a Christian, but lives it. I loved, too, that she was completely open about her faults--she certainly doesn't make herself out to be perfect. She doesn't come across as if she is high above them or ...more
Ruth
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Despite anything negative I may have to say about this book, let me assure you that Katie herself gets an A++ 100++ in my book. She is a remarkable young woman who has answered God's call in her life and realized the true joy that comes from self-sacrifice and obedience to the will of God.

That being said, the book, while enjoyable, got a bit preachy and repetitive at times. However, she said a lot of things that bear repeating, so I'm going to quote one, realizing that what I read was a NetGalle
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Sarah
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommendations
I found out about this book after working with my church on an adoption/foster/child sponsorship initiative. Someone recommended that I read it, and a co-worker even lent it to me. I didn't get around to reading it though until this past week while on a mission trip. I didn't bring a book other than my Bible and daily devotional to read, and a friend happened to have the book with her. I read through it this week and am so glad I was able to do so while doing ministry in another country (the Dom ...more
Katie
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
This was an incredible book that really captured my attention and my heart. Initially, I had my doubts about this young girl moving to a foreign country, adopting a housefull of orphans, and deciding against finishing university in the States. I wondered how responsible the decisions were and how mature she was. However, as I read the book, I realized that my objections to her and this life she had chosen were all objections filtered through an American, twenty-first century worldview. Maybe her ...more
Melissa Miller
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Katie is an amazing young women. Adopting and caring for many children as well as providing food and schooling for over 400 children. In her book she provides many life experiences she has struggled with during her ministry in Uganda. Each story is touching and reminds me how blessed my life in America is and how I should seek to meet the needs of others. Maybe I should have given the book 4 stars because I truly enjoyed the book but settled for 3 stars because the writing was very simple. Katie ...more
Katie
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am delighted today to feature a guest post from my sister, Sarah. Sarah is truly a one-in-a-million kind of woman - one of the most joyful, optimistic, adventure-seeking, fun-loving people I know. Several years ago she introduced me to my all time favorite author of non-fiction: Shauna Niequist. This past winter break, she was completely and utterly absorbed in another book: Kisses from Katie. To be honest, I initially thought the title was a little ridiculous for an adult book. Actually, I st ...more
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Katie Davis is a young woman with a passion to serve Jesus. Now twenty-two, Katie lives in Uganda, where she is in the process of adopting thirteen little girls and is the founder and director of Amazima, a ministry that reaches hundreds of other children in Uganda. Katie is orginally fomr Nashville, Tennessee, where her parents and brother live. This is her first book.
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“It may take place in a foreign land or it may take place in your backyard, but I believe that we were each created to change the world for someone. To serve someone. To love someone the way Christ first loved us, to spread His light. This is the dream, and it is possible.” 105 likes
“The truth is that the 143 million orphaned children and the 11 million who starve to death or die from preventable diseases and the 8.5 million who work as child slaves, prostitutes, or under other horrific conditions and the 2.3 million who live with HIV add up to 164.8 million needy children. And though at first glance that looks like a big number, 2.1 billion people on this earth proclaim to be Christians. The truth is that if only 8 percent of the Christians would care for one more child, there would not be any statistics left.” 94 likes
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