Saturday, August 27, 2011

Book Review: Life, In Spite of Me

Life, In Spite of Me, Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice by Kristen Jane Anderson was a book I had a hard time putting down. When I first picked it up to read, I was hooked.

Life, In Spite of Me, is Kristen's story. Everyone has a story to tell. There were alot of things that had happened in Kristen's life, from death of a family member, rape, and a friend's suicide. All these things and thoughts she held inside and did not talk to anyone about them. She started partying and going out with friends and stopped caring about school.  

One night Kristen decided to end her life. When she was seventeen and felt she could not live it anymore, she laid down on the train tracks and was run over by 33 train cars which severed her legs off. After her failed attempt at suicide, she began to realize that God had a plan for keeping her alive. She shouldn't have lived, but she did.

This inspirational story tells about her struggles with that decision she made and how she learns to live again, after that nightmare of a night. From going to rehab and psych wards, Kristen slowly rediscovers a will to live and what she feels is God's plan for her life now. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression, this would be a good book to read. If you don't know anyone who is struggling with depression, it would still be a good read. I highly recommend this very inspirational story! 

You can read more about Kristen here.

Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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