Friday, November 3, 2017

My Review: Daring to Hope

I truly wish I had the means to share a copy of this book with everyone I know.  It has been that powerful in my life, and a little over a week after finishing it, I'm still contemplating many of the things I read.


How do you hold on to hope
when you don’t get the ending
you asked for?

When Katie Davis Majors moved to Uganda, accidentally founded a booming organization, and later became the mother of thirteen girls through the miracle of adoption, she determined to weave her life together with the people she desired to serve. But joy often gave way to sorrow as she invested her heart fully in walking alongside people in the grip of poverty, addiction, desperation, and disease.
After unexpected tragedy shook her family, for the first time Katie began to wonder, Is God really good? Does He really love us? When she turned to Him with her questions, God spoke truth to her heart and drew her even deeper into relationship with Him.
Daring to Hope is an invitation to cling to the God of the impossible—the God who whispers His love to us in the quiet, in the mundane, when our prayers are not answered the way we want or the miracle doesn’t come. It’s about a mother discovering the extraordinary strength it takes to be ordinary. It’s about choosing faith no matter the circumstance and about encountering God’s goodness in the least expected places.

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.

My Review:  (there aren't enough stars to give this powerful book)
This book!  Oh, my goodness!  This book is one that if I could, I would share a copy with everyone I know, and perhaps a few people I don’t.  It is so beautiful.  And heart-wrenching.  And grace-filled.  It is beautifully, and sometimes painfully, honest.  Mrs. Major’s heart shines through on every single page and I found myself so absorbed in her words.  She writes her story, her daughters’ story, and God’s story.  In every chapter, I was taken through a time in their lives that greatly impacted the author’s faith and showed her another facet of this King she so faithfully serves.  She shows us her struggles, the moments where she didn’t think she could take one more step, and the moments where joy was abundant.  This wasn’t an easy book to read.  It challenged me, inspired me.  Brought me to tears more than once and and to my knees in prayer, as I was reminded of another important truth.  It offers hope in the only place it can truly be found - God. 

"His love wrapped around me like a warm embrace.
He didn't take away my pain; He held me while I hurt."

And I love the title - it is so fitting!  This book is written as though I’m sitting across from Mrs. Majors, listening to her tell me her story.  I loved that!  She engaged my heart and mind, introducing me to a culture I’ve never known, and teaching me deeper truths about a God I thought I knew (but she showed me anew many things about Him!).  Her love for Him is written in every line, across every margin.  Even in the moments she speaks about arguing with God, even in the hard times, and the ugly, love is a constant.  I so admire the faith that brought her to this point, the faith that carried her through every trial and raised her up in the joyful times.  I also loved the wisdom I found with every turn of a page.  I kept a notebook beside me while reading this one, because I was constantly pausing to jot a quote or a thought to recall later.

"God is who He says He is.  He is here with us in the hard places and the happy ones,
when things go as planned and also when they don't.
Our hope in Him is not determined by our circumstances,
but by His character, always faithful to us."

I would highly recommend this book to anyone going through a difficult time, or even anyone who knows someone struggling.  Which is pretty much everyone!  I personally found it to be so encouraging and it is a beautiful reminder that we are never alone in our battles.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed my review - this book encouraged me so much!  I sincerely hope you'll look into reading it yourself. 
Have a fabulous day!


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