Saturday, February 24, 2018

"Daring to Hope:" A Review

With gorgeous prose and gut-wrenching honesty, Katie Davis Majors' memoir, Daring to Hope, challenges the reader to look at tragedies and hardships in a new light. The book opens by bringing us into the scene of Davis Majors' kitchen. Into this cozy, familiar atmosphere, we become privy to the author's reflections on the beautiful life that the author has found living and working in Uganda. 

I have not read Kisses from Katie, the author's other work, so I was unfamiliar with her story. Daring to Hope gives enough background information that I was able to know what Christian missionary Katie Davis Majors has done: that she moved from the U.S.A. to Uganda, founded Amazima Ministries, and adopted several children. Daring to Hope, while a memoir, does not strictly tell chronological events. While it does describe various people and events Davis Majors has encountered in Uganda, this book focuses on giving us a glimpse into the author's soul and spiritual life. We come to the bathroom floor where Davis Majors huddles in prayer after the household falls asleep, and we hear her anguished cries to God in times of sorrow. We reflect on various biblical characters as Davis Majors muses on how their stories impact her own life. We rejoice in the joy that Davis Majors embraces in the midst of deep sorrow, and we are touched by her witness of what it means to be a Christian who struggles to faithfully follow God. 

I really enjoyed this book, particularly the discussion of suffering. Not only does it show many moving stories about a missionary's life and work, but it reminds us to constantly draw God's Word into our lives and lean on Him for help and comfort. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 


  1. Katie is such an inspiration to me! Her story just shows the power of one person following God's call and all the wonderful things that follow!

    1. I agree completely! I noticed that Tsh Oxenreider recently had her as a guest on a podcast, so I'm planning to listen to it soon to just soak in the awesomeness of her witness :)

  2. What a story! I’ve seen this book mentioned before, but haven’t read it. Sounds like a good one to add to my list!

  3. I have been wanting to read this book since I saw it come out!! I loved the first one bunches and bunches.

    I literally started crying tears of joy for her when I say she got married. Adding it to my reading list now, lol.