Daring to Hope: Finding God's Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful

Daring to Hope: Finding God's Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful

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ISBN-13: 9780735290600
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 61,893
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Katie Davis Majors moved to Uganda over a decade ago with no idea that this would be the place that God chose to build her home and her family. Today, she is a wife to Benji and mom to her fourteen favorite people. Katie and her family invest their lives in empowering the people of Uganda with education, medical care, and spiritual discipleship. She is also the founder of Amazima Ministries, an organization that cares for vulnerable children and families in Uganda and the author of the New York Times bestseller Kisses from Katie.

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1

An Invitation to Hope

My kitchen is painted yellow. Because yellow is the color of sunshine and of joy and because yellow is my favorite.

It’s never quite as clean as I want it to be in here. As I stand in the after-bedtime quiet, my eyes follow a trail of red-dirt footprints across this floor that is supposed to be white, and tears of gratitude begin to well. My mind fills with beloved memories, so many memories that are held here.

This kitchen, this is where I serve. Many days, this kitchen is where I live. The window above the sink looks out over the backyard, all the way to the garden, where the corn climbs high and children hide among sunflowers and sugar cane stalks. It looks out at the mango tree that my girls often hang from, all happy and limbs flailing as I pretend I am not worried that they will fall. I have a baker’s dozen I call my own, little girls who are turning into young women more rapidly than I would like, each one knit into our family by the impossibly beautiful, impossibly hard miracle of adoption.

I stand at this window, sometimes for what feels like the majority of the day, and wash dishes and rinse vegetables for dinner and sing worship. The back door is next to the sink, and children trail in and out, their endless questions and loud laughter and muddy footprints filling our home with joy. It sounds rather magical, doesn’t it? It can be.

And sometimes it isn’t. Children bicker and this mama loses her temper and the bread burns in the oven and things can unravel quite quickly.

These counters, nicked and crumb covered, the sink, one side piled high with drying dishes, they could tell some stories. They’ve seen my joy as I gaze out the window at my laughing brood and raise my soapy hands high in praise. They’ve seen tears fall in defeat over seemingly helpless situations as I peel a pile of potatoes and recite psalms to calm my heart. They’ve heard my tongue zing words of exasperation as another child yells playfully through the house and my whispered repentance later as I beg God to make me into the mother I long to be. These yellow walls have held late-night laughter with dear friends and early-morning remorse over broken dreams. They’ve witnessed confessions and achievements and the prayers of so many aching hearts, including mine.

This kitchen is where I returned in defeat the night I came home without the four-year-old foster daughter I had fought for. Sweet friends gathered around my daughters and me to make supper, and their silent labors meant more than words. I remember our first Thanksgiving prepared in this kitchen, my mom pulling the stuffing out of the oven, kids dancing happy, and people—oh so many people—spilling joy to fill this small space. Here we’ve played too-loud music and danced as we washed piles upon piles of dishes. Here I’ve set foster babies on counters next to casseroles for neighbors. Here in this same kitchen, I’ve stood exhausted in the wee-morning hours to whisk high-calorie milk for people clinging to life, and I’ve cried out for Jesus to save them.

I stand here and let the memories flood my heart. In my mind’s eye, I see little ones sitting on counters, watching me bake and eagerly waiting to stick their fingers into whatever it is I’m concocting. I hear the pitter-patter of little feet over the bubbling of the coffeepot and the excited voice of my littlest as she announces that the chicks have “popped” in the first light of the morning, and I feel the way God’s mercy has washed over me in this place. I see hundreds of cooking lessons, little bodies crowded around a big pot, eager for their chance to measure, to pour, to stir. I see birthday cakes—so many birthday cakes—frosted and decorated with butterflies and flowers. I smell whole-wheat bread, warm and rising in this oven, daily, and I marvel at how He has been our daily bread.

I think of people, all the people who have filled this place over the years. Through the conversations and prayer and comfort of this kitchen, homeless mothers have found their ways to better lives, children have been healed and become whole, friends have found rest, and people I have loved have loved me right back. People have known the Lord in this place. I have known the Lord in this place.

I run my fingers over knife-worn counters, and time runs too fast. People are sent out from here. People heading home and people heading off to new futures. One day these girls, too, will head into their own futures. It’s almost too much, this passing of time, the dying of dreams and the budding of new ones, this growing of babies into children and children into women and hearts to maturity. And I cry because I want to hold it all forever, the Lord’s goodness in this place.

I have laughed here, I have wept here, I have created here, and oh, I have prayed here. And in this place, I have known Him more. I haven’t always done it right, and some days I feel that I haven’t been enough, but I know that He has. He has.

Directly above the oven are painted these words of Acts: “They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.… And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”1 This is my deep desire. I know it like I know my own breath: time passes, and these people will go, heading off to new places and new futures, and only He will remain. I serve meals in this kitchen, but I want to serve what really counts. I want to offer all who pass through this place the Living Bread, the only food that truly fills.

My eyes find the trail of footprints leading to the door, and through bated breath I ask it, beg it, “Lord, if I could have just one thing, could I serve them You?”

***

Ten years ago I moved across the ocean, from Tennessee to Uganda, full of something that I thought was hope but in reality was more like naive optimism. If you had asked me then how the Lord might most deepen my relationship with Him, I would have had all kinds of answers. At the old and wise age of nineteen, I thought I knew some things. I was going to give my life away for Jesus. I was going to change lives by teaching people the Gospel of Christ and helping provide for their basic needs. God was going to use me. I was going to be the answer.

I did not know the beauty that would find me in a life poured out for Him, the joy of calling little ones “daughter” and pressing into Him to learn what that really meant, the exhilaration of true and undefiled worship in a sea of people who did not speak the same language but worshipped the same God, the thrill of witnessing a life changed due to basic and simple provision of such things as medical care and nutritional assistance.

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. I did not know that a baby girl would call me “Mommy” for years and then I would have to give her up. I did not know that I would carry the responsibility of looking into a mother’s face and telling her that her child was not going to live. I did not know that I would forge deep friendships with people imprisoned by addiction I could not help them fight no matter how I tried. I did not know that I would provide care, for months at a time, for people living with HIV, desperately begging God to spare their lives, only to later find myself holding their hands as they slipped into eternity with Him on the other side.

And I did not know that in the middle of much pain and grief and loss, I would experience a joy and a peace that far surpassed human understanding. Reality would shatter my optimism, but I would realize that my positivity was only a cheap substitute for true hope anyway. The Lord would take the darkness and make it my secret place, the place where I knew Him more intimately and deeply than I had ever fathomed possible. In the middle of the hurricane that surrounded me, I would experience a true Comfort so deep, so clear, that it simply could not be denied. It was Jesus. He was near.

In our pain, He is near.

During sleepless nights and the death of friends and the breaking of families, Christ is all that remains constant and He is the only One who is sufficient. He holds my hands. He cups my face. He is near, and He whispers of a day when the pain is gone and I can fall on my face and worship Him forever.

Over the years, my packaged faith of all the right and wrong answers has been enveloped in a personal touch from the living God. My grief was His grief and my joy was His joy. In my darkness, I knew Him and He knew me. In the midst of pain I would not have chosen, He was real and undeniable and true. When life was not what I expected, where hope was not what I thought, He carved a space in my heart for Him.

This didn’t make the pain easy. Some days, prayers seemed to go unanswered and loss overwhelmed our lives. I still laid prostrate on the bathroom floor and beat my hands against the hard tile and begged the Lord that I would not have to bury yet another friend. I still cried tears that threatened to take my breath away as I realized the depth of the suffering of the people around me, grief that would never end, not until Jesus comes back.

No, He didn’t make the pain easy. But He made it beautiful. He held me close and whispered secrets to me and revealed things about Himself that I had not yet known. He scooped me into His big loving arms and held me in tenderness unlike any I had ever experienced.

I did not find all the answers to my questions. In fact, I might have more questions now than I did before. But I have found deep intimacy with the One who formed me and knows my heart. He has taught me His secrets in the darkness. He has taught me true and unwavering hope in Him.

***

Truly, this life is a far cry from the picture-perfect one I once imagined, with a few kids and a white picket fence. Our house isn’t nearly as organized as I would like, and dinner is often late. We make a ruckus in the grocery store, and we don’t get through all the schoolwork I intended for this week, ever. We are late to church and sometimes we get there and one doesn’t have shoes and one forgot to comb her hair. We can be a bit of a mess, but we have a God who makes up for all we lack, a God who promises beauty for our ashes and streams in the desert and grace for today.

And I feel as though He has given me this promise: these days are sacred. God is good to us here and now, working all for our good, and He is daily peeling back the scales, opening my eyes to see. It’s not what I once imagined; it’s better.

Our house is always full, but it never really feels too small. Over the years we have made a habit, a lifestyle really, of opening the doors wide even when we feel like we can’t possibly stretch any more, of making ourselves available to those God brings into our lives and seeing His goodness as we open our arms to Him and to others.

He always brings them. People flock here, for a glass of water, for a friendly smile, for a story of redemption, for a place to belong. He has filled our lives and our home with beautiful, broken people, and He has shown Himself to be God who mends the broken and uses the cracks to reveal His glory.

The stories I tell in these pages are not my own. They are the stories of many more faithful than I who have also known these things to be true. They are stories of those God has entrusted my heart with, and I pray my feeble words could honor them. They are stories full of truths that are not unique to me but are true for anyone who has known Jesus in the darkness and known even the dark season to be a gift.

It’s a daunting task, to write it all down, to beg God for words that would truly point to only Him, to invite you in to see all of it, the good and the ugly, the joy and the pain, my heart bled out here on paper. But on the other side of this daunting task, on the other side of the risk of sharing my vulnerable heart with the whole crazy world, is the chance that you might see Jesus here, in our kitchen, here in our lives. And maybe you would see Jesus in our mess and in our brokenness and you would be encouraged that there is grace and purpose in your mess and brokenness as well.

And maybe you could read these words and know a real and true and enduring hope that can be found only in Jesus. A hope that met me in the places that I didn’t expect, the places that I would not have chosen to walk through. A hope that was birthed amid pain and wreckage.

And so I invite you in to join us, dear one. Not because we have any answers, but because I know the One who does. The kitchen isn’t big, but we will make room. Come on in. For a glass of cold water, for a friendly smile, for a story of redemption, for a place to belong. My most daring prayer is that you would find the Lord here, in the pages of our stories and, more so, in the pages of your own. He has been my companion in the most devastating trials and greatest joys. His deepest desire is to be yours, too.

(Continues…)



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Table of Contents

Foreword Ann Voskamp xi

1 An Invitation to Hope 1

2 The God Wrestler 9

3 In the Thicket 21

4 Wounded 31

5 Prisoners of Hope 41

6 We Have One Another 53

7 A Dry and Weary Land 63

8 Yet I Will Rejoice 75

9 Scars 85

10 Come to Life 97

11 Choosing to Believe 107

12 A Flickering Flame 119

13 Faithful 133

14 Time to Sing 145

15 He Who Promised 153

16 A Deep and Quiet Love 163

17 Home 169

18 Bread of Life 179

19 Beauty in the Storm 191

Afterword 201

Reflection and Discussion Guide 203

Acknowledgments 213

Notes 215

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Katie Davis Majors has again touched my heart in a beautiful and profound way as she did with her first book, Kisses from Katie. Dont miss this book
cularien 11 months ago
I read Katie Davis (now Majors)' book "Kisses from Katie" back in the day, so was super excited when she released "Daring to Hope". It does help to have read "Kisses" first, just to set the stage for "DTH", but they can definitely be read separately. This book speak so much to my soul. Majors has gone through her own hardships and walked long, hard roads with the people around her. This book takes a long look at some of those especially hard experiences, and shares her own thought process, the questions she asked and how good could possibly come out of XYZ situation(s). It's so refreshing to hear this vulnerability; I've had some of the same thoughts myself, and I so appreciated knowing I wasn't alone! Majors constantly points back to Christ and the truths we know about him for encouragement, strength, and refreshment in the good and the less-good and the downright bad situations of life. I will revisit this book again and again to remind me of God's faithfulness. I received a copy of the book from the publisher as part of the launch team. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. God is on the move In Uganda. Katie and family have such compassion. Their crowns are being stored up for them in heaven.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
I read Kisses from Katie years ago, and found it inspirational. This book was no different. I was so excited to get to read the follow up on Katie's story. Words cannot really describe how I feel about this book. It was moving, inspirational, and many times brought me to tears. It was just what I needed to read at the time. The Lord used it to increase my faith, to remind me of who He is, to inspire me to trust Him even when I cannot see the outcome. Katie's life is exemplary, but not because she is perfect, instead because her goal is to be what her Savior wants. It's about surrender to God's will, our brokenness and God creating beauty from out ashes. I cannot say enough good about this book, just read it for yourself. Ask God to open your eyes to what He wants to say to you through it. I received this book courtesy of iconmedia to read. I was in no way required or asked to review positively.
Bookworm1135 More than 1 year ago
This is the hardest book review I've ever written. Because it's almost impossible to describe how wonderful this book is. I don't typically read nonfiction. And I certainly don't dog-ear pages. But I did both with this book. It was that or have half the book tacked to my wall. It's THAT good. Katie's story and faith are simply amazing and her wisdom radiates from every page as she wrestles with God's goodness and provision even in the midst of brokenness. Every word and story spoke straight to my heart. I cried during her pain and I cried when God provided. I hadn't realized how much I needed this book before I read it, but I am so glad I did and I'm already rereading it and highlighting my favorite sections. Despite the pain and sorrow present within, this is truly a book of hope and faith that calls us to always trust in Him who provides. "We hold on to our hope. There is always a ram in the thicket. Because there is always the Lamb on the throne."
HannahMC More than 1 year ago
This book. Refreshingly genuine and sincerely hopeful. In Daring to Hope, Katie, through her own experiences of love and loss, shares the prayers and pleas she has lifted to a loving God in situations where he appears silent and far away. Over the pages Katie, once again, becomes a close friend who invites you into the joys of her life and recounts God's continued faithfulness while sitting in her bright yellow kitchen. More so, she sits and cries with you in the hurt, experiences it with you, and lovingly points you back to the scarred hands of Jesus. Whatever stage you are in life, this book is a beautiful invitation to renew your hope in the Lord who faithfully stays with us in our pain so that we can know him, love him, and share him more. May we dare to hope in the goodness of God in our every day life as Katie has, once again, so beautifully reminded us.
Denelle Scanlan More than 1 year ago
I have loved Katie Davis and her story ever since I was introduced to her first book, Kisses from Katie. She writes so passionately and elegantly while always bringing glory to God. This book had me crying tears of joy and tears of grief. I could not bring myself to put down the book as I just wanted to know what would happen next. I bought a copy for all of my friends because I truly believe everyone who has ever questioned God's goodness needs to read this incredible book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you blended John Piper's passion to see God glorified, Ann Voskamp's vulnerability, David Platt's desire for the nations, and Elyse Fitzpatrick's ability to illustrate Jesus, with the everyday struggles of an everyday mom and the need for a savior of an everyday Christian and saturated it with scripture you would have a glimpse of this book. Katie Davis Majors expresses all of these things through the most interesting, thought provoking, convicting, and compelling stories of her life as an adoptive mother of 13 girls and biological mother of one sweet baby boy in Uganda. Every page is drenched with Jesus. You can enjoy it in one day or meditate on it, one sentence at a time, for months. Either way this biography, testimony, handbook, journal, bible study, record of God's grace in a weary place will not leave you disappointed or unchanged
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
Daring to Hope is a spiritually uplifting book that demonstrates the love of Christ and His goodness toward each of us. The author, Katie Davis Majors, chronicles her journey to more fully understand and feel His presence in her life through her trials and her joy. Her strength and compassion are remarkable, and she is certainly an inspiration to me and multitudes of others in living her life to honor Christ. I would recommend this to those who enjoy inspirational Christian non-fiction. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
irishniff More than 1 year ago
When I began reading Daring to Hope, I didn't think that I would have much in common with a missionary living in Uganda. But I was surprised. Although Katie Davis Majors' daily life looks very different than mine, she writes as if we are friends. I was drawn in to her stories and touched by her honesty. She writes openly about her relationship with God including her confusion when things don't go as she planned or thought best. In the midst of sorrow, she continues to seek God for answers and finds strength to continue. She discovers that God is involved in her everyday life and she finds joy in the midst of her journey. Hope is not found in our own plans but by putting our lives in God's hands and discovering plans that we never imagined. Daring to Hope is a great book for group discussion. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are mine.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors is a book that will leave you changed. She speaks so honestly about God’s love and all that He will do in one’s life when we completely surrender to Him. This book is one that grips you from the beginning and keeps you hanging on through the last sentence. One I want to share; yet want to read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Several years ago, a friend handed me two books...Anything by Jennie Allen and Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis. The two had correlating content so I read both, otherwise I may never have opened the latter and would have missed out on getting to know Katie. Her first book recounts being called to Africa after a mission trip and the family she accidentally created there. I was excited to catch up with Katie and her girls in her newest missive, Daring to Hope, but I had no idea of the beautiful gift I was about to receive. Told in a meandering chronology that lends itself to more of an essay feel, each chapter sprinkles daily African life with “aha” moments from Katie’s faith journey. Every anecdote is supported flawlessly with biblical references, sometimes uniting the two stories and other times layering in a sermon on the subject at hand. Her overall message is that yes, we are indeed called to hope, to pray for, to believe in... but not to be weighed down by God’s response to our circumstances or actions. It seems so simple to say we should place our hope in God, not in His power or His behavior, but living that way proves much more difficult. Katie shares her own struggle with this, allowing the reader to ponder their own disappointments and heartache as they relate to Katie's story. One of my favorite quotes from the book comes near its end, “He redefined redemption and beauty for me, not as a happy ending, but as His presence with me regardless of the ending.” Speaking of endings, I applaud Mrs. Davis for her conclusion. So often, Christian books tend to walk the reader through their subject matter with “things were tough and suddenly victory in Jesus occurred – and they all lived happily ever after.” Katie seems to follow this same path, highlighting great joys after a season of sorrow. However, in her final pages, she circles back to those confused, hopeless feelings she so authentically shared at the start of her work. She notes how she can still wrestle with finding her hope in God and God-alone, not God’s work, not God’s appearance, just in him. Even in her “happily ever after” sorrow lives, but so does her faith.
lesacap1262 More than 1 year ago
This book is so powerful! It could be written by anyone, and these words are for everyone! I can't even touch the words written in this book - but they moved me in so many ways! We are not alone - God is here. He has the answers, the power, and He hears us and He is good! Daring to Hope is written by Katie Davis Majors, living in Uganda, serving the people, running a school, and the mother of 14! She gives us glimpses in to her life, and dares us to hope! How do you trust God, believe God hears you, when you don't get what you think you need or want - or what to do when things are overwhelming, sad, heartbreaking? This book will not only restore you, it will remind and teach you that God is listening, he is there, and He's got the answers! Just have to Dare to Hope! Just a wonderful book, laugh, cry along with Katie! I received an advanced copy to read from Waterbrook Multnomah, this review is 100% my own! Thank you for a wonderful book, one I will refer to over and over in my mind!
KDeLong More than 1 year ago
Friends, I normally read pretty fast (as in a 200-300 page book in a day or two max). But it took me almost a week and a half to read this one because I simply wanted to sit with each chapter a little longer than usual. I wanted to soak in her stories, her teaching, her heart for Jesus and so that's what I did. She shared stories of her life in Uganda and the lessons she learned while holding onto hope in the really hard times of loving people through sickness, surgeries, family crises and so much more. She wrote about her daily habits of trying to find things to be thankful for even when she desperately wanted to curl up and cry. And she talked about the ways God continued to show her the love He has for her through the people He introduced her to, the husband He sent her way and the family He created for her. I could talk about this book for days on end, but somehow I don't think that would do the book or Katie full justice. So, I am going to tell you simply to go get this book. It is one book that I promise you will not regret ordering and reading slowly, while savoring and soaking in each story, chapter and lesson.
Isabella Morganthal More than 1 year ago
Wow, where do I begin? This book came at the perfect time for me. It inspired me, encouraged me, and dared me to hope again. I loved everything about this book. I read Katie's first book and adored it. This book is just as awesome. It's written in a friendly tone that makes you feel like you're having coffee with a friend. No matter what pain you've endured in your life, you will relate to this book and it will inspire you to hope again. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
RadicalAbandonment More than 1 year ago
Is there anyone who has not struggled with hope in the face of difficult situations? Katie Davis Majors at 28 years old has experienced more challenges, heart ache, and joy than many of us will experience in a lifetime. Her first book, Kisses From Katie was a very inspiring look at her life and move to Uganda after high school and the adoption of 13 Ugandan girls. Some of her challenges were already evident in her first book, but Daring to Hope offers a deeper look into the pain and loss she experiences and the questions she asks God and the hope it gives her. Satan’s first goal is to destroy out faith and Katie wrestles with deep questions of faith. Will she continue to dare to hope in God? What sees her through some of the excruciating situations is the way she clings to God’s word and prayer. Like Jacob in the Bible, she wrestles with God and won’t let him go until she finds peace, and peace leads to joy. Katie Majors is one of those rare people who are just so alive to God that you desire to know God better. This book has deepened my spiritual life. I know how much I need His words on my heart, I want to talk to Him about every situation, and I know that disappointments and suffering are part of growing my faith and hope in Him. My book is marked with so many quotes that I want to reread and it’s hard to narrow down a favorite, but over and over I find myself going back to page 34. “A faith that trusts Him only when the ending is good is a fickle faith. A faith that trusts him regardless of the outcome is real.” I know that 2017 isn’t over yet, but I suspect this book will prove to be the best book I have read this year ( and I read lots), and maybe the best in a couple years. I laughed and cried right along with Katie. I highly recommend this book. It will encourage and grow your faith to hope in the God who sees you and your situations. I was provided an advance copy of this book to read as part of a launch team and it was just the right time in my life. The book was what I needed at this time. It has been an amazing blessing and privilege to have been a part of this group.
fromtheheartJH More than 1 year ago
A Story of Hope in the Midst of Trials This book continues to chronicle Katie’s story of moving to Uganda, her ministry, and her family. It tells the story of a life lived in hope despite the trials of living in a different culture without all the resources to meet all the needs. Katie openly and honestly shares the struggles she faces in times of tragedies and difficulties. She tells of her doubts and her sadness when things don’t go as she hoped and prayed. Yet even in the midst of her darkest hours, she continues to meet God and He continues to meet her needs. He is there for her in all of it. He draws her closer and she leans deeper into His care. This is a story of hope that doesn’t despair, of hope that dares to give life to dreams. It is also a love story. She meets her future husband and God gives her a gift of a family with a husband when she no longer hoped for that. But the bigger love story is how God loves her, provides for her, and gives her hope and joy even in the trials. This story encourages all who dare to hope that it isn’t misplaced if it is hope in God. When we trust Him, we can dare to hope even in the impossible. Even if we don’t get what we prayed for, we can trust God that He has a bigger purpose, that He has a plan, that He loves us and will be with us. Katie’s life will touch people I never will, but in reading this I realize that all our lives can count for something when surrendered to His will. Wherever we are, whatever we are doing, can matter as we dare to hope in a God who can do anything, anywhere.
AlanaCA More than 1 year ago
Oh me, Oh my...this is one amazing LIGHT filled book! Each chapter gives a glimpse into Katie Davis Majors' life and really all our lives when we focus on Jesus. Such a perfectly personal read. I feel not only closer to Katie but Jesus too. We are shown by story after story, example after example what it is like to TRULY TRUST HIM. You will be beyond blessed when you read this book! Thank you Katie for sharing your heart and His heart with us all.
JoyGirl16 More than 1 year ago
Katie’s story is incredible. While not everyone can move to another country and do what Katie did, we do each have trials that we go through and God is the reason we can get through them. Katie’s story is about real life – the joys and the sorrows. Ultimately, like the title says, it is about daring to hope, especially when there doesn’t seem like there is much to hope for. When I first started reading the book, I thought, I’m not doing enough. Look at what she has done! How can I do that? But by the end, I realized that God uses us where He has called us. It may be in our homes, our jobs, or on the other side of the world, but we must be willing to be used by Him. One of the first things I underlined in this book was this quote, “I give Him my little and He makes up for my lack.” We just need to be willing to give Him what we have, give it all to Him, and He will take care of the rest. One of the things that really struck me about her story is the personal journey God took her on. Katie talks about how when she first went to Uganda, many doors were open for her. God paved the way for her and blessed her ministry. She goes on to say, “But over time He has been showing me an even deeper truth: that when all those things pass away, He will remain.” When things feel stagnant, when we feel no hope, when we don’t get the answers to prayers that we want, when things are hard, Katie says, “He is still glorified in our faithful pursuit of Him.” We must keep going in the race. We must continue to hope. Our world has a lot of darkness in it. There are many hard days. But in it all, we are called to hope. Not all of Katie’s story is easy to read. There is darkness, but there is also light. There is sorrow, but also joy. There are trials, but ultimately, there is hope. Hope in Jesus!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has such a powerful message, that I often need a reminder of, about what true Hope and faith is. I know I will come back to these highlighted pages often. Katie saturates her life in the scripture and God's love and you can't help, but to benefit from it in her writing. Her struggle with God's plan in the hard times and suffering is something I'm sure we can all relate with. In a world where we often feel pressured to hide our troubles and pretend to be okay, her honesty and vulnerability is not only refreshing, but something that my soul craves. I highly recommend "Daring to Hope." It doesn't matter what stage of your life you're in, hope in God and faith that He is who He says, is something we all need a reminder of from time to time.
MoriahS More than 1 year ago
Ever wonder if God is good when tragedy hits? Has your hope grown dry and empty from the sheer discouragement of hardships? In “Daring to Hope,” Katie Davis Majors issues a gracious invitation to journey with her as she wrestles to find hope at the core of heartbreak, grief, and unexpected endings. She opens her heart in brave ways to share struggles that take place during dark nights as she was desperate to glimpse more of Jesus and to hear His voice calm her throughout the fierce storm of trials. Katie clings to Jesus in the blurred, uncertain future while her friends are slipping away from sickness, stuck in addiction, or dying. Instead of curling up in a corner of defeat, she presses in more fervently than before. In the midst of pain, her heart has a steady yearning for more of Jesus. That desire is refreshingly evident on every page; and it is contagious. At the end of her strength, she makes the wise practice of praying fervently for more of His. It is an inspiring read. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Katie Davis Majors's Christianity is not squeaky clean. It is gritty, uncomfortable and real. She is someone who lives and breathes her faith, whose obedience to and intimacy with her Savior is so apparent that we are forced to examine our own. I "met" Katie through Kisses from Katie shortly after its release and was confronted with my own obsession with my comfort above my willingness to obey God. So when I received Daring to Hope, I was almost reluctant to open it. You cannot read Katie's words and remain the same; to read about her devotion to her Savior will force you to decide how deep your own devotion to that same Savior goes. If Kisses from Katie left us in awe of a seemingly too good to be true young woman who has already accomplished so much for God's kingdom, if it left us feeling that we could never be THAT good, THAT trusting, THAT faithful, THAT sacrificing, then Daring to Hope destroys those illusions. It's tempting to think that Katie is more special, more chosen; that she lives a BIG LIFE and does BIG THINGS for God. If we believe that, then we who live little lives, whose worlds are small and lived out mainly in the confines of our family and our homes can feel a little better about choosing to be safe and comfortable rather than live in radical obedience. God used the words of this precious young missionary in Uganda to speak directly to this stay at home mama in Tennessee. And her words are beautiful; she is poetic. She is raw and authentic and heartbreakingly honest. Katie is a wife and mother. She makes a lot of bread and a lot of spaghetti. She yells at her children in weak moments. Her house is full. She hides in her bathroom for quiet moments with God. She wrestles with God and questions His goodness. She searches Him out, cries out, demands blessing, she hears His voice and she LISTENS. She knows His word and she obeys.      Daring to Hope is challenging. It is comforting. Katie reminds us that we are not alone; God is good. He is good to us. When the endings aren't happy, when we don't get what we wanted, when "abundant life" doesn't come wrapped up in the pretty package we expected, we are not alone. He is with us and He is not a way by which we arrive at the point. He IS the point.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so thankful that Katie and her girls allowed us back in to their lives. Kisses from Katie challenged me in many ways and in many areas of my life. It encouraged me in callings I have always felt God affirming in my life. But Daring to Hope takes things to a whole new level. Katie dives in deep to the issues at hand and uses biblical passages, not just single verses, to share what God taught her along her journey. She is raw in her emotions and so personable in sharing some of the deepest parts of her testimony. This will be a book I read again and again, and I can't wait for the day I can share Katie's story with my daughter.
JViola79 More than 1 year ago
You may remember Katie from her first book, Kisses From Katie, and if not, you will truly want to read this one as well. Katie moved to Uganda and founded a non-profit organization. Daring to Hope is the continuing of the story and more. Katie shares transparently of her struggle with trusting God: “At night I often sat alone with my Father and I wept for the suffering that I could not understand or explain or fix. I asked it like Habakkuk, “Why this way, God? Why would you allow it? Isn’t there a better way to show the world your glory?” (from page 81) It brought me such comfort and assurance to know others also turn to Habakkuk. It was in that chapter, Chapter 8 – Yet I Will Rejoice, the right perspective was revealed: “While researching for a Bible study on something else, I stumbled across an explanation that Habakkuk’s name is derived from the Hebrew word, “to embrace” and that the name Habakkuk literally means, “He who clings.” Yes. These days full of things that I could not explain or fix were not just my invitation to wait and watch, but my great instruction to cling to the only One who remains constant in all of our circumstances, in both joy and sorrow.” (from page 81) While the challenges Katie faces and shares may differ from each of ours, our God remains the same. Throughout the book I was reminded to choose to meet with God in the midst of whatever each day may hold in store, for it all comes filtered through the hands of a loving and faithful God. This book is a must read for everyone and I cannot recommend this one enough. Grab the book, a box of tissues, a pencil, and your Bible and be prepared to meet with God in each chapter. You will find yourself daring to hope and filled with faith. And you will be assured that God is near, God is love, and He will be glorified in and through all things. *** I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for my review.
SusanKC More than 1 year ago
This book ministered to me, speaking to the depths of my heart. I felt such conviction and peace at the same time. I found that this book reveals a young woman who wrestles with God, questioning why He lets bad things happen. Through the telling of many short stories, Katie is quite frank about her journey that took her from moments of weariness and despair to hope and joy. Katie reveals a struggle that many of us feel at low points in our life. But it is how we face these trials, allowing them to draw us closer to God rather than keeping our distance that molds us into what God intends us to be. Her stories are not meant to only create a heart for the mission field overseas, but to see how we can be used right where we are placed. A few of my favorite quotes: "Our God wields a chisel,yes, but He chisels not as one would destroy, but as an artist, carefully, gently, kindly shaping us into who we were meant to be, tenderly drawing is to Himself and all for His glory." "At the end of time all that will count is that we lived the Gospel with our very lives, that we paid attention to the people God gave us and dwelt knowledgeably and hospitably in the place to which He called us." I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.