She has not taken a vow of poverty or chastity, but she has probably learned from examples and teaching in her church that wealth and intemperance are no virtues. She also has learned and demonstrates what it means to live in community. No, her home of thirteen daughters (she explains how one left) plus friends and helpers is not a convent, monastery, or Catholic community. Kisses from Katie is not a meditation by Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, or Ralph Martin. If anything, it is more realistic because we see Katie in the daily grind.
Kisses from Katie is published by Simon and Schuster under their Howard Books imprint. There are few books in this imprint because it is the evangelical Catholic imprint. By that I do not mean proselytizing for the church, but that it is both/and: both evangelical (born again and Bible-believing) and Catholic (aware of that tradition’s strengths). It is possible to learn from one another.
Miss Davis frequently quotes the Bible like a well-trained evangelical. At one and only one point, she mentions in passing that she is Catholic. Kisses from Katie demonstrates that Catholics can learn from their evangelical friends to read the Bible and take it seriously. But the book also shows that she has learned from the strengths of the Catholic Church as well, at least the strength of those who take it seriously.
Kisses from Katie is the astounding and inspiring, real-life story of Tennessee native, Katie Davis who, as a senior in high school, discovered she had a passion for Uganda that could not be ignored. Leaving her home, her comfort, her friends, family, boyfriend, college and her “future” far behind, she traveled to Uganda where she works as teacher, aid worker, non-profit founder/CEO, and mother to her 14 legally adopted daughters and the community around her.