When it comes to living a life that God delights in Katie Davis Majors tops my list of examples. A decade ago Katie moved across the world from Tennesse to Uganda where she knew God was calling her to serve those who are considered the modern day “least of these.”
She has adopted 13 girls, of various ages and histories, but her ministry has not stopped there. Amazima Ministries is a flourishing school, sponsorship, and outreach program.
In this second book from Katie, we learn what the day to day of life has looked like for the past several years including her marriage to Benji Majors. More than that though, Katie writes of all God has carried her through in the hardest moments of her decade of ministry. There is deep value in learning from the vulnerability of others. Katie has been doing profound and important work for over a decade, but in Daring to Hope she reveals that she too is still learning more about God every day.
“We live in a world where innocent people suffer and good friends die and stories don’t have the endings we pray for. The pain and hurt are everywhere. But the joy and hope that we find in our Savior? They are everywhere too…this I know; God is who He says He is. And in the hurt and the pain and the suffering, God is near, and He is good, even when the ending isn’t.”
It may seem that this statement is straightforward for some to say, those who haven’t experienced the harsher side of life, and that may be true, but in Katie’s case, she has seen more pain and death and sorrow than I can image and yet she still reminds the reader God is good.
Katie is incredibly open in her writing. She possesses the heart of a mother, caretaker, and friend through the majority of the book as she reflects on all the ways God called her into a deeper level of relationship with Him. In asking Katie to surrender part of her ministry, ask hard questions and trust God even when things didn’t go her way we all learn through her journey.
Katie’s vulnerability had me in tears at more than one point in this book, but what brought me to my knees what seeing the faces of the people she wrote about on her Instagram account or on the Amazima Ministries website.
Taking the time to write a book in the middle of ministry and mothering 14 children as well as learning to be a wife may seem like an incredible feat, but it seems that to not write would be disobedient to the call on Katie Davis Major’s life, and a surrendered life cannot exist where there is disobedience.
Reading books like Daring for Hope may pull at the inner conscience which wonders if we are capable of more, but that is not the author’s goal. Katie shares her story to inspire all who read it to find God right where they are today in a new way. She shares because as Christians we learn from each other’s stories. We see Jesus more in other’s lives and it helps us identify the times he is drawing us closer to him too.
“I’ve watched my girls come alive under the loving gaze of their father; I hear the delight in their voices as they call him “Daddy.” And without my hardly even asking, God has given me my new prayer over them: that in knowing the delight of their earthly father, they would begin to grasp all the more the delight of their heavenly Father; that they would be a crown of splendor in His hand; that they would grasp this new name He promises, ‘my delight is in her.’ Our God is good, and He gives good and perfect gifts and good and perfect words to us His delight is in me, in us. May our delight be evermore in Him.” -Katie Davis Majors Daring to Hope
In exchange for an honest review, I was given a free copy of this book via Blogging For Books. The opinions expressed are my own.