"Daring to Hope:" A review

AnneMarie Miller

4.5 Stars

February 24, 2018

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.