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2021 Daring to Hope: Finding God's Goodness discount in online the Broken and the Beautiful online sale

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New York Times bestseller

How do you hold on to hope
when you don’t get the ending
you asked for?


When Katie Davis Majors moved to Uganda, accidentally founded a booming organization, and later became the mother of thirteen girls through the miracle of adoption, she determined to weave her life together with the people she desired to serve. But joy often gave way to sorrow as she invested her heart fully in walking alongside people in the grip of poverty, addiction, desperation, and disease.
 
After unexpected tragedy shook her family, for the first time Katie began to wonder, Is God really good? Does He really love us? When she turned to Him with her questions, God spoke truth to her heart and drew her even deeper into relationship with Him.
 
Daring to Hope is an invitation to cling to the God of the impossible—the God who whispers His love to us in the quiet, in the mundane, when our prayers are not answered the way we want or the miracle doesn’t come. It’s about a mother discovering the extraordinary strength it takes to be ordinary. It’s about choosing faith no matter the circumstance and about encountering God’s goodness in the least expected places.
 
Though your heartaches and dreams may take a different shape, you will find your own questions echoed in these pages. You’ll be reminded of the gifts of joy in the midst of sorrow. And you’ll hear God’s whisper: Hold on to hope. I will meet you here.

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New York Times bestseller
CBA bestseller
ECPA bestseller
Publisher Weekly bestseller
USA Today bestseller

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Washington Post bestseller

“Katie Davis Majors is a voice for this generation, calling us all to a wild faith. She walks that sweet line between life and death, hope and despair, asking for a miracle and preparing yourself for the worst. She invites us into her story and pushes us to the edge, challenging us to dare to hope no matter what life throws at us.”
—Jefferson Bethke, author of Jesus>Religion and It’s Not What You Think

“Every page of this book is a piece of Katie’s heart. It’s one thing to say we believe God is good. It’s another thing to wrestle with Him in the trenches and come out assured on the other side.”
—Korie Robertson, New York Times best-selling author and star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty

“I’ve followed Katie’s story for years, and just when I thought it couldn’t get any more powerful, the Lord proved me wrong. As I read these words, I felt like I was in the pages with her, watching God unfold this amazing new season of her life. Her words and heart for Jesus will stay with me forever, and I’m honored to be on the sidelines cheering for all the chapters to come.”
—Angie Smith, speaker, blogger, and author of Seamless

“Once again my friend Katie has painted a beautiful picture of what it looks like to lead with love. You’re going to love this book.”
—Bob Goff, New York Times best-selling author of Love Does

“These are the inspirational words of a woman so connected to the heart of her Savior, she is willing to risk anything, regardless of the outcome, to make His name known. I have grown so much from her wisdom and bold example.”
—Jennie Allen, founder and visionary of IF:Gathering and author of Nothing to Prove

About the Author

Katie Davis Majors moved to Uganda over a decade ago with no idea that this would be the place that God chose to build her home and her family. Today, she is a wife to Benji and mom to her fourteen favorite people. Katie and her family invest their lives in empowering the people of Uganda with education, medical care, and spiritual discipleship. She is also the founder of Amazima Ministries, an organization that cares for vulnerable children and families in Uganda and the author of the New York Times bestseller Kisses from Katie.

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1

An Invitation to Hope

My kitchen is painted yellow. Because yellow is the color of sunshine and of joy and because yellow is my favorite.

It’s never quite as clean as I want it to be in here. As I stand in the after-bedtime quiet, my eyes follow a trail of red-dirt footprints across this floor that is supposed to be white, and tears of gratitude begin to well. My mind fills with beloved memories, so many memories that are held here.

This kitchen, this is where I serve. Many days, this kitchen is where I live. The window above the sink looks out over the backyard, all the way to the garden, where the corn climbs high and children hide among sunflowers and sugar cane stalks. It looks out at the mango tree that my girls often hang from, all happy and limbs flailing as I pretend I am not worried that they will fall. I have a baker’s dozen I call my own, little girls who are turning into young women more rapidly than I would like, each one knit into our family by the impossibly beautiful, impossibly hard miracle of adoption.

I stand at this window, sometimes for what feels like the majority of the day, and wash dishes and rinse vegetables for dinner and sing worship. The back door is next to the sink, and children trail in and out, their endless questions and loud laughter and muddy footprints filling our home with joy. It sounds rather magical, doesn’t it? It can be.

And sometimes it isn’t. Children bicker and this mama loses her temper and the bread burns in the oven and things can unravel quite quickly.

These counters, nicked and crumb covered, the sink, one side piled high with drying dishes, they could tell some stories. They’ve seen my joy as I gaze out the window at my laughing brood and raise my soapy hands high in praise. They’ve seen tears fall in defeat over seemingly helpless situations as I peel a pile of potatoes and recite psalms to calm my heart. They’ve heard my tongue zing words of exasperation as another child yells playfully through the house and my whispered repentance later as I beg God to make me into the mother I long to be. These yellow walls have held late-night laughter with dear friends and early-morning remorse over broken dreams. They’ve witnessed confessions and achievements and the prayers of so many aching hearts, including mine.

This kitchen is where I returned in defeat the night I came home without the four-year-old foster daughter I had fought for. Sweet friends gathered around my daughters and me to make supper, and their silent labors meant more than words. I remember our first Thanksgiving prepared in this kitchen, my mom pulling the stuffing out of the oven, kids dancing happy, and people—oh so many people—spilling joy to fill this small space. Here we’ve played too-loud music and danced as we washed piles upon piles of dishes. Here I’ve set foster babies on counters next to casseroles for neighbors. Here in this same kitchen, I’ve stood exhausted in the wee-morning hours to whisk high-calorie milk for people clinging to life, and I’ve cried out for Jesus to save them.

I stand here and let the memories flood my heart. In my mind’s eye, I see little ones sitting on counters, watching me bake and eagerly waiting to stick their fingers into whatever it is I’m concocting. I hear the pitter-patter of little feet over the bubbling of the coffeepot and the excited voice of my littlest as she announces that the chicks have “popped” in the first light of the morning, and I feel the way God’s mercy has washed over me in this place. I see hundreds of cooking lessons, little bodies crowded around a big pot, eager for their chance to measure, to pour, to stir. I see birthday cakes—so many birthday cakes—frosted and decorated with butterflies and flowers. I smell whole-wheat bread, warm and rising in this oven, daily, and I marvel at how He has been our daily bread.

I think of people, all the people who have filled this place over the years. Through the conversations and prayer and comfort of this kitchen, homeless mothers have found their ways to better lives, children have been healed and become whole, friends have found rest, and people I have loved have loved me right back. People have known the Lord in this place. I have known the Lord in this place.

I run my fingers over knife-worn counters, and time runs too fast. People are sent out from here. People heading home and people heading off to new futures. One day these girls, too, will head into their own futures. It’s almost too much, this passing of time, the dying of dreams and the budding of new ones, this growing of babies into children and children into women and hearts to maturity. And I cry because I want to hold it all forever, the Lord’s goodness in this place.

I have laughed here, I have wept here, I have created here, and oh, I have prayed here. And in this place, I have known Him more. I haven’t always done it right, and some days I feel that I haven’t been enough, but I know that He has. He has.

Directly above the oven are painted these words of Acts: “They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.… And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”1 This is my deep desire. I know it like I know my own breath: time passes, and these people will go, heading off to new places and new futures, and only He will remain. I serve meals in this kitchen, but I want to serve what really counts. I want to offer all who pass through this place the Living Bread, the only food that truly fills.

My eyes find the trail of footprints leading to the door, and through bated breath I ask it, beg it, “Lord, if I could have just one thing, could I serve them You?”

***

Ten years ago I moved across the ocean, from Tennessee to Uganda, full of something that I thought was hope but in reality was more like naive optimism. If you had asked me then how the Lord might most deepen my relationship with Him, I would have had all kinds of answers. At the old and wise age of nineteen, I thought I knew some things. I was going to give my life away for Jesus. I was going to change lives by teaching people the Gospel of Christ and helping provide for their basic needs. God was going to use me. I was going to be the answer.

I did not know the beauty that would find me in a life poured out for Him, the joy of calling little ones “daughter” and pressing into Him to learn what that really meant, the exhilaration of true and undefiled worship in a sea of people who did not speak the same language but worshipped the same God, the thrill of witnessing a life changed due to basic and simple provision of such things as medical care and nutritional assistance.

I did not know the pain that awaited me on the other side of the ocean, on the other side of humility, where I would recognize just how little I had to offer. I did not know that a baby girl would call me “Mommy” for years and then I would have to give her up. I did not know that I would carry the responsibility of looking into a mother’s face and telling her that her child was not going to live. I did not know that I would forge deep friendships with people imprisoned by addiction I could not help them fight no matter how I tried. I did not know that I would provide care, for months at a time, for people living with HIV, desperately begging God to spare their lives, only to later find myself holding their hands as they slipped into eternity with Him on the other side.

And I did not know that in the middle of much pain and grief and loss, I would experience a joy and a peace that far surpassed human understanding. Reality would shatter my optimism, but I would realize that my positivity was only a cheap substitute for true hope anyway. The Lord would take the darkness and make it my secret place, the place where I knew Him more intimately and deeply than I had ever fathomed possible. In the middle of the hurricane that surrounded me, I would experience a true Comfort so deep, so clear, that it simply could not be denied. It was Jesus. He was near.

In our pain, He is near.

During sleepless nights and the death of friends and the breaking of families, Christ is all that remains constant and He is the only One who is sufficient. He holds my hands. He cups my face. He is near, and He whispers of a day when the pain is gone and I can fall on my face and worship Him forever.

Over the years, my packaged faith of all the right and wrong answers has been enveloped in a personal touch from the living God. My grief was His grief and my joy was His joy. In my darkness, I knew Him and He knew me. In the midst of pain I would not have chosen, He was real and undeniable and true. When life was not what I expected, where hope was not what I thought, He carved a space in my heart for Him.

This didn’t make the pain easy. Some days, prayers seemed to go unanswered and loss overwhelmed our lives. I still laid prostrate on the bathroom floor and beat my hands against the hard tile and begged the Lord that I would not have to bury yet another friend. I still cried tears that threatened to take my breath away as I realized the depth of the suffering of the people around me, grief that would never end, not until Jesus comes back.

No, He didn’t make the pain easy. But He made it beautiful. He held me close and whispered secrets to me and revealed things about Himself that I had not yet known. He scooped me into His big loving arms and held me in tenderness unlike any I had ever experienced.

I did not find all the answers to my questions. In fact, I might have more questions now than I did before. But I have found deep intimacy with the One who formed me and knows my heart. He has taught me His secrets in the darkness. He has taught me true and unwavering hope in Him.

***

Truly, this life is a far cry from the picture-perfect one I once imagined, with a few kids and a white picket fence. Our house isn’t nearly as organized as I would like, and dinner is often late. We make a ruckus in the grocery store, and we don’t get through all the schoolwork I intended for this week, ever. We are late to church and sometimes we get there and one doesn’t have shoes and one forgot to comb her hair. We can be a bit of a mess, but we have a God who makes up for all we lack, a God who promises beauty for our ashes and streams in the desert and grace for today.

And I feel as though He has given me this promise: these days are sacred. God is good to us here and now, working all for our good, and He is daily peeling back the scales, opening my eyes to see. It’s not what I once imagined; it’s better.

Our house is always full, but it never really feels too small. Over the years we have made a habit, a lifestyle really, of opening the doors wide even when we feel like we can’t possibly stretch any more, of making ourselves available to those God brings into our lives and seeing His goodness as we open our arms to Him and to others.

He always brings them. People flock here, for a glass of water, for a friendly smile, for a story of redemption, for a place to belong. He has filled our lives and our home with beautiful, broken people, and He has shown Himself to be God who mends the broken and uses the cracks to reveal His glory.

The stories I tell in these pages are not my own. They are the stories of many more faithful than I who have also known these things to be true. They are stories of those God has entrusted my heart with, and I pray my feeble words could honor them. They are stories full of truths that are not unique to me but are true for anyone who has known Jesus in the darkness and known even the dark season to be a gift.

It’s a daunting task, to write it all down, to beg God for words that would truly point to only Him, to invite you in to see all of it, the good and the ugly, the joy and the pain, my heart bled out here on paper. But on the other side of this daunting task, on the other side of the risk of sharing my vulnerable heart with the whole crazy world, is the chance that you might see Jesus here, in our kitchen, here in our lives. And maybe you would see Jesus in our mess and in our brokenness and you would be encouraged that there is grace and purpose in your mess and brokenness as well.

And maybe you could read these words and know a real and true and enduring hope that can be found only in Jesus. A hope that met me in the places that I didn’t expect, the places that I would not have chosen to walk through. A hope that was birthed amid pain and wreckage.

And so I invite you in to join us, dear one. Not because we have any answers, but because I know the One who does. The kitchen isn’t big, but we will make room. Come on in. For a glass of cold water, for a friendly smile, for a story of redemption, for a place to belong. My most daring prayer is that you would find the Lord here, in the pages of our stories and, more so, in the pages of your own. He has been my companion in the most devastating trials and greatest joys. His deepest desire is to be yours, too.

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2FoxMomma
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Awesome book!!
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2017
This book is a must read!! It''s a bit different from her first book that mainly was just a telling of how she ended up in Uganda. (Awesome book too). But this one discusses some very deep spiritual issues we all wrestle with. Is God a good God? What happens to your faith... See more
This book is a must read!! It''s a bit different from her first book that mainly was just a telling of how she ended up in Uganda. (Awesome book too). But this one discusses some very deep spiritual issues we all wrestle with. Is God a good God? What happens to your faith when things don''t turn out the way you hoped and prayed? How do you keep trusting Him when suffering continues?

If you''ve ever felt broken or questioned God''s goodness in the midst of suffering and pain - you need to read this. It will encourage you and build your faith as it reveals truths from God''s word. This isn''t your Sunday, prosperity, best-life-now shallow faith. This is gritty, messy, fire-tested, deep faith that endures.
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BREATHTAKING!
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2017
Katie Davis Majors has blessed us with an amazing gift in the form of her latest book, DARING TO HOPE: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful. She writes of her everyday journey as the mom of thirteen wonderful daughters, her ministry through her foundation... See more
Katie Davis Majors has blessed us with an amazing gift in the form of her latest book, DARING TO HOPE: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful. She writes of her everyday journey as the mom of thirteen wonderful daughters, her ministry through her foundation the Amazima Ministries as well as ministry to everyone that God brings across her path and the joy of two extra blessing in her life – her husband Benji and her son Noah. But she writes of more ... SO MUCH MORE! She shares of the day to day struggles of life. Of living with precious, beloved, cherished friends who are on the precipice of death and what she’s learned from those times. She’s grown weary and exhausted from all that she’s witnessed and experienced. Yet she’s seen God reveal His Himself time after time in audacious ways. She shares times of celebration over lives that are changed forever. There are so many passages from this book that I will keep and treasure and ponder on forever because they challenge me, encourage me and comfort me. This is one of the passages that means the most to me:

“In our pain, He is near.

During sleepless nights and the death of friends and the breaking of families, Christ is all that remains constant and He is the only one who is sufficient. He holds my hands. He cups my face. He is near and He whispers of a day when the pain is gone and I can fall on my face and worship Him forever.”
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A Sweet Encouragement to Hold Onto Hope in the Middle of the Dark, Dark Night
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2017
I''ve followed Katie Davis Majors'' ministry with Amazima for several years, and I was so excited to hear that she was writing another book. When I received Daring to Hope, I didn''t know what to expect, but I was completely unprepared for the story that unfolded. Daring to... See more
I''ve followed Katie Davis Majors'' ministry with Amazima for several years, and I was so excited to hear that she was writing another book. When I received Daring to Hope, I didn''t know what to expect, but I was completely unprepared for the story that unfolded. Daring to Hope is a heart-wrenchingly beautiful tale of hope and faithfulness in life''s most difficult situations. Katie''s honest faith plays out on the pages, and I was incredibly encouraged by the hope that she held out in a world where bad things happen and life doesn''t always go the way we plan.

Katie''s journey in this book is one that we don''t talk about as often as we should. It''s a journey of choosing hope in the face of unexpected loss. It''s a journey of choosing faith when it simply doesn''t make sense. God''s goodness isn''t dependent on our circumstances. His faithfulness isn''t curtailed by loss. He is good, and He is gracious. All the time. The writing is raw, real, and evocative. Katie cuts through the fluff and gets to the heart of the matter in a way that only someone who has been through it can do. What do you do when God doesn''t answer prayers the way you think He should? How do you respond when the healing that you beg for doesn''t arrive? Is God still good when bad things happen?

If you or someone you know is struggling to hold onto hope in the midst of darkness, I can''t recommend this book enough. It was such a sweet encouragement to hold onto hope in the middle of the dark, dark night. Because morning is coming.
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This is a wonderful book. It is the first time I have ...
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2017
This is a wonderful book. It is the first time I have ever purchased a book before it was published. It did not disappoint. It is not easy reading, but it is challenging, convicting, and really makes you think about what is important in life. I personally was convicted by... See more
This is a wonderful book. It is the first time I have ever purchased a book before it was published. It did not disappoint. It is not easy reading, but it is challenging, convicting, and really makes you think about what is important in life. I personally was convicted by Katie''s life of sacrifice and giving. She is truly a willing vessel ready to be used by the Master. May I grow to be more and more this way.
I will mention that I noticed that some of the reviews said something about her writing style being along the lines of Ann Voscamp. I personally do not care for Ann''s abstract and mystical manner of writing, so that would turn me away from buying this book. There is nothing "airy, fairy" about this book and I did not find Katie''s writing style to be like Ann''s at all. It is much more solidly Biblical and deep.
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Amy D. Jackson
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Beautiful balm for hope-weary souls...
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2017
Several years ago, a friend handed me two books...Anything by Jennie Allen and Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis. The two had correlating content so I read both, otherwise I may never have opened the latter and would have missed out on getting to know Katie. Her first book... See more
Several years ago, a friend handed me two books...Anything by Jennie Allen and Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis. The two had correlating content so I read both, otherwise I may never have opened the latter and would have missed out on getting to know Katie. Her first book recounts being called to Africa after a mission trip and the family she accidentally created there.

I was excited to catch up with Katie and her girls in her newest missive, Daring to Hope, but I had no idea of the beautiful gift I was about to receive.

Told in a meandering chronology that lends itself to more of an essay feel, each chapter sprinkles daily African life with “aha” moments from Katie’s faith journey. Every anecdote is supported flawlessly with biblical references, sometimes uniting the two stories and other times layering in a sermon on the subject at hand.

Her overall message is that yes, we are indeed called to hope, to pray for, to believe in... but not to be weighed down by God’s response to our circumstances or actions. It seems so simple to say we should place our hope in God, not in His power or His behavior, but living that way proves much more difficult. Katie shares her own struggle with this, allowing the reader to ponder their own disappointments and heartache as they relate to Katie''s story. One of my favorite quotes from the book comes near its end, “He redefined redemption and beauty for me, not as a happy ending, but as His presence with me regardless of the ending.”

Speaking of endings, I applaud Mrs. Davis for her conclusion. So often, Christian books tend to walk the reader through their subject matter with “things were tough and suddenly victory in Jesus occurred – and they all lived happily ever after.” Katie seems to follow this same path, highlighting great joys after a season of sorrow. However, in her final pages, she circles back to those confused, hopeless feelings she so authentically shared at the start of her work. She notes how she can still wrestle with finding her hope in God and God-alone, not God’s work, not God’s appearance, just in him. Even in her “happily ever after” sorrow lives, but so does her faith.
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Jamie Casey
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God has spoken and I have listened.
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2019
I used to talk to God all the time. I knew of his glory and his goodness for as far back as I can remember. He has always listened to me and answered my many prayers on some way or another. My husband has been left speechless many times when I proclaimed that God would... See more
I used to talk to God all the time. I knew of his glory and his goodness for as far back as I can remember. He has always listened to me and answered my many prayers on some way or another. My husband has been left speechless many times when I proclaimed that God would provide. He couldn’t wrap his mind around my trust that He would indeed provide. I’ve “strayed” a bit from that. Why I cannot say. I found Katie’s first book on my to be read list although I can honestly say I don’t know why or how it got there. I can also honestly say that I needed that book. I needed to be guided back. I read this book because I was so hopeful that she would find companionship and love for herself after giving so much of herself to all of Uganda. I dared to hope that she would have found a mate worthy of her. She and God did not disappoint. Benji, God is good. My wish is that you will both know and feel so connected to each other as you both are to God. I too have found that. There is nothing like it. And I did a little happy dance when we learn that baby Noah is on the way. So so happy for all of you and your blessed family. God is good indeed.

But I needed these books. Life has been very hard. I am struggling right now and I needed to be reminded that God is there waiting for me to just give him my worries and my fears and just let him to it. He’ll take care of it for me. All I need do is ask and boy am I asking.

To absolutely any person seeking or knowing the greatness of God and Christ, these books are amazing. The stories are so honest and real sometimes it just feels crazy. Fabulous true story and real life experiences. I am changed. Thank you Katie. Thank you more than you can possibly imagine.
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We need this kind of love!
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2017
Is there anyone who has not struggled with hope in the face of difficult situations? Katie Davis Majors at 28 years old has experienced more challenges, heart ache, and joy than many of us will experience in a lifetime. Her first book, Kisses From Katie was a very... See more
Is there anyone who has not struggled with hope in the face of difficult situations? Katie Davis Majors at 28 years old has experienced more challenges, heart ache, and joy than many of us will experience in a lifetime. Her first book, Kisses From Katie was a very inspiring look at her life and move to Uganda after high school and the adoption of 13 Ugandan girls. Some of her challenges were already evident in her first book, but Daring to Hope offers a deeper look into the pain and loss she experiences and the questions she asks God and the hope it gives her. Satan’s first goal is to destroy out faith and Katie wrestles with deep questions of faith. Will she continue to dare to hope in God? What sees her through some of the excruciating situations is the way she clings to God’s word and prayer. Like Jacob in the Bible, she wrestles with God and won’t let him go until she finds peace, and peace leads to joy.

Katie Majors is one of those rare people who are just so alive to God that you desire to know God better. This book has deepened my spiritual life. I know how much I need His words on my heart, I want to talk to Him about every situation, and I know that disappointments and suffering are part of growing my faith and hope in Him. My book is marked with so many quotes that I want to reread and it’s hard to narrow down a favorite, but over and over I find myself going back to page 34. “A faith that trusts Him only when the ending is good is a fickle faith. A faith that trusts him regardless of the outcome is real.”

I know that 2017 isn’t over yet, but I suspect this book will prove to be the best book I have read this year ( and I read lots), and maybe the best in a couple years. I laughed and cried right along with Katie. I highly recommend this book. It will encourage and grow your faith to hope in the God who sees you and your situations.

I was provided an advance copy of this book to read as part of a launch team and it was just the right time in my life. The book was what I needed at this time. It has been an amazing blessing and privilege to have been a part of this group.
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At first I didn''t think I would like this book as much as I did the first ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2017
At first I didn''t think I would like this book as much as I did the first one, "Kisses from Katie," but towards the end I loved it just as much. This book made me cry, happy tears. The sadness came when people had to suffer and God did not heal them here on earth.... See more
At first I didn''t think I would like this book as much as I did the first one, "Kisses from Katie," but towards the end I loved it just as much. This book made me cry, happy tears. The sadness came when people had to suffer and God did not heal them here on earth. But, God is merciful and healing did ultimately come. There was healing and changed lives, and "beauty that came from the ashes." Katie''s love and compassion never ceased to amaze me. How she mothered all these children was amazing as well! She did not do it on her own. No one could. God was with her every step of the way, and she did have plenty of support. But she helped so many other people, nursed them, gave them shelter and food. What an amazing lady she is! I won''t spoil the book by telling anymore, but the ending of the book is just wonderful.
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Sara
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My heart was broken and restored by this book x
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 10, 2017
If you want your heart to break but your soul to soar this is the book for you. You find yourself there on the bathroom floor with Katie, I cried along side her, felt so much joy in her happiness and so much promise in her relantionship with God. My heart aches so often due...See more
If you want your heart to break but your soul to soar this is the book for you. You find yourself there on the bathroom floor with Katie, I cried along side her, felt so much joy in her happiness and so much promise in her relantionship with God. My heart aches so often due to loss and I was searching for answers, I found them in this book. Thank you so much Katie for writing this and blessing my heart greatly.
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P. J. F. Lynch
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Finding God’s goodness in the broken and the beautiful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2019
An honest, uplifting read. I have now read this three times, once to enjoy the overall story of the author’s spiritual and life journey in Uganda,and her close, often pain-filled relationship with her God, once to go back and think about her and God’s incredible love,...See more
An honest, uplifting read. I have now read this three times, once to enjoy the overall story of the author’s spiritual and life journey in Uganda,and her close, often pain-filled relationship with her God, once to go back and think about her and God’s incredible love, passion and compassion, in a country full of people in pain and need, but also joy, and finally to highlight many passages I’d like to look at again. One of the most moving books about life in the raw that I’ve read, and one where I’ve learned the most. A deep joy pervades the book.
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Absolutely a MUST read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2018
One of the most challenging books I have ever read and certainly an eye opener. I have since purchased a further 3 second-hand copies of the book and lent them to anyone who wants to read. Without exception everyone has loved the book! Also been on the web and watched...See more
One of the most challenging books I have ever read and certainly an eye opener. I have since purchased a further 3 second-hand copies of the book and lent them to anyone who wants to read. Without exception everyone has loved the book! Also been on the web and watched countless Katie Davis YouTube videos and podcasts. She is a breath of fresh air. You MUST read this book if you want your faith & life to be shaken to the core
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A Beautiful and Encouraging Testimony
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 29, 2019
I just love the way Katie writes and shares so honestly and seemingly effortlessly. She encourages and uplifts. Speaking truth in love. I think I will read this book over and over because the message it carries is timeless. Thank you for pouring your heart into people Katie...See more
I just love the way Katie writes and shares so honestly and seemingly effortlessly. She encourages and uplifts. Speaking truth in love. I think I will read this book over and over because the message it carries is timeless. Thank you for pouring your heart into people Katie - whether by writing or doing - and for still seeking His face.
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Beautiful, powerful, challenging, encouraging!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 18, 2019
Just as with her 1st book, Katie has kindly and generously put a piece of her heart down on paper. I couldn’t get through a chapter without shedding a tear. There is so much joy on these pages, despite the sorrow in many of the stories. Katie’s heart to serve others and be...See more
Just as with her 1st book, Katie has kindly and generously put a piece of her heart down on paper. I couldn’t get through a chapter without shedding a tear. There is so much joy on these pages, despite the sorrow in many of the stories. Katie’s heart to serve others and be obedient to her Lord and Saviour is beautiful and inspirational. READ THIS BOOK, IT WILL CHANGE YOU!
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