Kisses From Katie: a story of relentless love and redemption

Renee Ann Smith —  October 7, 2011 — 41 Comments


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 parents who so desired my success that they would have paid for me to go to college anywhere my heart desired. But I loved Jesus.

Katie Davis

Slowly but surely I began to realize the truth: I had loved and admired and worshiped Jesus without doing what He said . . . I wanted to actually do what Jesus said to do.


So I quit my life.

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Originally, my quitting was to be temporary, lasting just one year before I went to college and returned to normal, American teenager life. But after the year, which I spent in Uganda, returning to ‘normal’ wasn’t possible.


I quit college; I quit cute designer clothes and my little yellow convertible; I quit my boyfriend. I no longer have all the things the world says are important. I do not have a retirement fund; I do not even have electricity some days.





But I have everything I know is important. I have a joy and a peace that are unimaginable and can come only from a place better than this earth. I cannot fathom being happier.


Jesus wrecked my life, shattered it to pieces, and put it back together more beautifully.”

Katie’s boldness and compassion truly inspired me. I was amazed to find such wisdom in one so young. The lessons she has learned touched my heart. And she also loves one of my favorite verses!

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” ~Psalm 37:4~

Katie’s commentary: “It is not about God making my dreams come true but about God changing my dreams into His dreams for my life. As I go with Him to the hard places, He changes them to the most joyful places I could imagine.”

“The truth is I saw myself in those little faces . . . He blinds Himself to my sin and

my filth so that He can forge a relationship with me. And this is what He did for me with these precious children. He blinded me to the filth and disease, and I saw only children hungry for love that I was eager to share with them.”

Have you read enough? Are you ready to learn more about this extraordinary young woman? Follow this link to purchase your copy of Kisses from Katie.

Soak in her story and let it change you. Then pass it on to every young person you know.

***Thanks to Howard Books for providing a copy for me to review. I’m planning to share this book with my students. I pray that my copy becomes tattered and worn from passing through many hands.

Giveaway: This is the first October giveaway post!

At the end of the month, I’ll be giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card. All you have to do is comment on a giveaway post to be included in the drawing!  So share your thoughts on this remarkable young woman below!

Here are a few more pics to enjoy before you go. All the photos come from Katie’s beautiful blog, which you can find at this link.






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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

41 responses to Kisses From Katie: a story of relentless love and redemption

  1. When I first read “Jesus wrecked my life” I almost stopped reading. As a Christian I thought this would be a God bashing book, but glad I kept reading, sounds like a wonderful story. I’ll be sure to buy a copy …eventually. She may have quit her job, I can’t one ha

  2. What a touching story – thanks for bringing it to my attention! I love that you plan to keep passing the book along. I love to do that! Thanks for the great giveaway as well.

  3. Katie, you are a remarkable woman…May God continue to bless your ‘ministry.’

  4. Wow Katie really gave it all up for Jesus. She is an example we should all live by (especially me!). I know she feels such joy in what she is doing.

  5. That’s a touching story. I’ve done some mission work in Honduras. I love stories like that.

  6. This is a beautiful blog story. Thank you for sharing. I would love to read more about her story. It is a reality check to me and a good reminder to focus on what God has called us to.

  7. I’ve followed her blog for about a year – and she is amazing. She has the heart we all want our children to have!

  8. Great post 🙂 I’ve hear about this young lady and have read her blog a couple of times. It’s wonderful what she does.

  9. Purchasing the book now. What a remarkable story. Donna

  10. This sounds like an amazing story! I would love to have the faith that Katie acts upon!

  11. Wonderfull story!!! Thank you for sharing it.

  12. “Jesus wrecked” her life in the way that all of us should be wrecked. I love hearing her story. I love that she surrendered her life completely to Jesus, and is loving it.

  13. Wow. My goodness her story sounds like the ones I’ve been reading about for saints. It takes a strong heart for God.

  14. What a beautiful story. This sounds like a book that my book club would like to read.
    Thanks for posting.

  15. so excited to read this one.

  16. What a great, inspiring story! Thanks for sharing it, Renee!

  17. What an incredible, inspiring young woman! She got the guts that I wish I had, to drop everything and answer the call. She is so blessed. I am looking forward to reading her book. Thanks for this posting, Renee!

  18. Incredible story. 🙂

  19. What an amazing story and what a precious spirit this gal has!

  20. The books you share are always so inspiring, Renee! Thank you so much for sharing this one. I hope I can find my calling and follow it wholeheartedly like Katie does!

  21. I think Katie is well on her way to becoming another Mother Theresa. It should not be amazing to read a story like hers; as she said, it’s in the Bible what we should do, but unfortunately too few of us answer the call. We may not all be called to go to Uganda but we need to be open and listening to God tell us what He wants us to do with our lives.
    I admire her for choosing Christ’s call even when it didn’t seem the “sensible” thing to do.

  22. Having personally gone through a similar realization that I am forever wrecked by Jesus, I found the post very inspirational and very relevant and I will be adding the book to my “to-read” pile. 🙂

  23. Barbara Peacock October 8, 2011 at 6:49 am

    This sounds like a wonderful story, and Katie is an amazing young lady. I definitely want to read this book!

  24. What an amazing woman Katie is!

  25. This young girl is one in a million, most would not even think of going for a year then she decides to stay. God Bless you for your willingness to live to your own drum roll….
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.

  26. Wow~ I would definitely love to have this boook! I’ve seen her blog before and it was truly a blessing!

    Thanks Renee for all these books you are sharing us! They are ALL great!

  27. Sounds like an amazing story…thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  28. What a woman!?!? I cannot imagine anyone I know doing this much for people she has met for the first time. It is really inspiring

  29. I wish I had had the spirit and drive she has 40 years ago that I might have done something like that. Good for her.

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  30. This sounds like a remarkable book about a very remarkable young woman.

    I have some experience of East Africa and I know life there is not easy and the poverty and disease can bring one to tears.

    It takes a very strong person to be able to work and flourish there.

    God bless you Katie.

  31. What a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing Katie’s story and for linking up at NOBH. What a valuables lesson.

  32. she is a woman of strong faith

  33. I am so looking forward to reading this book.

  34. Katie’s act of kindness and compassion is really inspiring. Thanks for sharing about this book!

  35. This woman is absolutely inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing her story. And thank you for the giveaway! I’d love to enter

  36. Wow this book sounds AMAZING. Reminds me of a modern day Amy Charmichael (sp?). I passed on the link to a friend who is a teacher at a Christian School in case it would be a tool she could use.

  37. I admit, I had reservations when I first started reading this post. “Is this going to be another same old missions story…” But you’re absolutely right – I love the way she elegantly puts it “Jesus wrecked my life,” and by the end of your post I was quite inspired and reaffirmed. Thank you 🙂

  38. christa @ mental foodie October 12, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    This sounds like an inspiring story!

  39. This is an amazing story and a inspirational one. A beautiful example of when we allow are heart to guide us we can do wonderful things. This young lady is an example for others and I truly wish her all the best. Thank you for showing this story here.


  40. What an amazing testimony. It’s rarer and rarer to see these days people who are willing to give up everything to serve Christ. This is such an encouragement. Thanks so much for sharing this and for the giveaway.

  41. I think you are amazing. I’m doing a school project on you.
    God is good!

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