Saturday, August 27, 2011

LIFE, IN SPITE OF ME – Book Review

life in spite of meLIFE, IN SPITE OF ME by Kristen Jane Anderson with Tricia Goyer

Book Description: She wanted to die. God had other plans.
Why does my life have to be so painful?
What’s wrong with me?
It’s not going to get better.
It could all be over soon, and then I won’t hurt anymore.

Kristen Anderson thought she had the picture-perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook: three friends and her grandmother died within two years. Still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a seemingly bottomless depression.
One January night, the seventeen-year-old decided she no longer wanted to deal with the emotional pain that smothered her. She lay down on a set of cold railroad tracks and waited for a freight train to send her to heaven…and peace.
But Kristen's story doesn’t end there.
In Life, In Spite of Me this remarkably joyful young woman shares the miracle of her survival, the agonizing aftermath of her failed suicide attempt, and the hope that has completely transformed her life, giving her a powerful purpose for living.
Her gripping story of finding joy against all odds provides a vivid and unforgettable reminder that life is a gift to be treasured.  
Includes notes of encouragement Kristen wishes she had received when she was struggling most.

My Thoughts: I really, REALLY liked this book. As one who has suffered with severe depression, and even contemplated suicide, I was really able to relate to this story. I felt validated, I felt inspired, and I felt hope as I read of her horrible tragedy-turned blessing.  This book is well written, well put together, and all in all this was a pleasant, easy read that kept my attention. The author tells a story that breaks your heart then mends it while changing you forever without you even knowing. What an incredible young woman I’ve had the chance to learn more about. I defiantly recommend this book.

Disclaimer: Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

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