The honesty and vulnerability with which Katie
Davis writes her first memoir has made a significant impact on the way I view
and handle life. Within the first few chapters, I was immersed in her
beautiful, courageous story, and I felt myself being transformed by her example
of what it looks like to truly be a follower of Christ.
At age 18, upon
graduating high school, Katie decided to take a gap year and spend it teaching young
children at a school in Uganda. The degree of poverty that she was suddenly
surrounded with was beyond anything I had ever imagined: babies infected with
HIV and AIDS, women turning to prostitution to feed their children, and starving
masses of people with distended stomachs, various diseases, and no hope of life
Katie realized then that God was calling her to Uganda
permanently. So she “said yes”, and by the time she was twenty-two, she was in
the process of adopting thirteen orphans into her home and had founded Amazima
Ministries, an organization whose goal is to feed, educate, and empower the
people of Uganda. In fact, the entire premise of the book is summed up in Katie’s
consistently “saying yes” to God; Davis argues that while she is just an
ordinary woman, she serves an extraordinary God.
Her message is not for all
so-called Christians to become exactly like her—leaving home, selling her possessions,
and moving to a third-world country where she lives as a single mother to
thirteen girls— but to simply say yes to whatever God
is asking of them. It is a stunningly simple way of living, but it
has a truer purpose than any other.