Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Book Review: Life, In Spite of Me

Life, In Spite of Me is the story of Kristen Jane Anderson told by Kristen herself and Tricia Goyer.  At seventeen, Kristen had enough of life.  Family struggles, loss of loved ones, date rape all took their toll on her and one night she was ready to end it all.  She layed down on a railroad track and waited for her pain to end.  However, after 33 freight cars had passed over her body she found that she was not dead.  She found herself in a new place, a life without legs.  By the grace of God, Kristen survived and this is her story.

This book is heart-wrenching and inspirational at the same time.  I have never personally struggled with depression but Kristen has a way of taking you into her life and I think everyone can relate to at least some of her story on some level.  This book becomes a gripping read as Kristen lays out her life and experiences with brutal honesty.

This is not only the story of Kristen's failed suicide attempt but also her faith and hope in Christ afterward.  She went from despair to hope in spite of losing both of her legs. This did not happen overnight but was more of a process of transformation.  I love that she has new purpose and is being used mightily by God to reach out to those who are/have been struggling with depression.  I would highly recommend this book.

Want a sneak peek of this book?  Click here to download Chapter 1 of Life, In Spite of Me. 

Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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