Do you ever read something from an author that just breaks you and yet leaves you wanting more of his or her words? Where you just can’t get enough? Whose book leaves you longing to meet in real life, to sit down and chat over coffee… to just listen to the wisdom that seems to always be spilled out in every word they write.
Katie Davis Majors is one of those authors for me. After I read her first book Kisses from Katie, my heart broke for orphans in deeper ways. But it also was challenged to surrender to my Savior in deeper ways. So when the opportunity arose for me to apply to be a part of the launch team for Katie’s new book, Daring to Hope, I jumped at the chance. And boy, did I celebrate when I found out I was chosen.
I devoured this book from the day it arrived. Its words were a treasure for me that I savored long after I put it down. And yes, when I was finished, I longed even more to meet Katie in person someday. Her words were raw, honest and vulnerable. And as that’s been what I’ve been craving more of in my relationships these days, they ministered to me in ways that a single blog post can’t fully describe.
Katie Davis Majors would say she is just a young woman from Tennessee who answered God’s call to uproot her life to Uganda. Who just said a simple “yes” to what she knew her Savior was leading her to. But most see her differently. This amazing woman has become a mother to thirteen precious girls. She works for a ministry called Amazima that helps to educate children in Uganda, provide medical care in their communities, and empower women to help provide for their families.
In her new book, Katie shares her continuing story of surrender, with her honest struggle to keep trusting God through the difficult days of striving to serve Him faithfully through grief and loss. Of course, this was something I could identify with as well. This inward struggle of constantly believing that He can heal, but choosing to trust His plan is best when He doesn’t heal here on earth. This struggle to continually dig into His Word, pray it back to Him and believe it to be enough, when everything else in us fights to believe what we cannot yet see.
Katie says in the book, “He was growing in me a fervent, all-surpassing desire for quiet, secret places with Him. He met me in my mess and even in my doubt and assured me that He still desired my obedience and a relationship with me. I learned anew that He loved me truly, not because of who I was or what I did, but because of Christ and who He was.
‘I will give you treasured in the darkness,’ He whispered, ‘riches stored in secret places so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel who summons you by name.’ He summoned me. He called me to come and find rest in Him alone.”
Over and over, Katie has put her wavering, fragile heart in His hands, and He has proved, as He always does, to be faithful. And when the storms had passed… beauty. Such rich beauty, displayed through the ways He has worked in her life and woven such a beautiful story that only He could write – so that everyone reading this book can only say, “Wow. That had to be God.”
I won’t give away any of the ending, because you must go get a copy of this book and read it for yourself. You will be challenged, encouraged, and be left with a sense of awe over what God is doing in Katie’s life, and what He can do through yours.
All through a simple – yet not so simple – “yes.”