What I’m Reading Wednesday — Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors

Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Major is the second book by the same author. Her first book, Kisses from Katie, has been one of my favorites since I read it several years ago.

I read Kisses from Katie while our family was on deputation for Honduras, and much of her passion for Uganda’s orphans and vulnerable women and children resonated with me as the Lord was building a desire in our hearts for the fatherless of Honduras.

Now, several years later, Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful resonates even deeper as Katie has been in Uganda for ten years, and I find myself relating to her experiences and emotions even more. The brokenness and heartbreak she has faced in Uganda are harsher than anything I personally have faced in Honduras, but at many times I felt like she was reading my mind, especially as she writes about her wrestling with God and how he revealed his beauty and healing in ways she didn’t expect.

I highly recommend this book, but if you haven’t read Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption, read that one first!

I’ll close this post with a few quotes from the book that really hit home for me:

“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.”

“Reality would shatter my optimism, but I would realize that my positivity was only a cheap substitute for true hope anyway.”

“And what do you do when suddenly your four-year-old isn’t yours and there is a hole in your family and a deeper one right through your heart? How do you get up day after day to face a world of brokenness and hurt and failure?”

“Be faithful with the little you have been given, He said. I will be faithful with the rest. You do not have enough. I will be enough.”

“[Compassion] is not a bending toward the underprivileged from a privileged position; it is not a reaching out from on high to those who are less fortunate below; it is not a gesture of sympathy or pity for those who fail to make it in the upward pull. On the contrary, compassion means going directly to those people and places where suffering is most acute and building a home there.”

 (As with any book, I do not necessarily endorse everything in the book, or anything else the author has written.)

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