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Friday, July 15, 2011

Life, In Spite of Me - Book Review

Life, In Spite of Me
by Kristen Jane Anderson

Lives Saved by A Suicide Attempt 

Why would a beautiful, well-liked, church-attending 17 year old want to end her life? Kristen shares life events - friends' deaths, rape, depression - that brought her to that split second decision.

While Kristen may have thought she was ready to die – God had other plans for her. From all accounts Kristen Jane Anderson’s suicide attempt should have ended her life. In this book she chronicles her life before and after that day she decided to give it all up. Although she suffered traumatic, life-changing injuries there is no pity or blame in her story. She has shared a very touching journey showcasing God’s strength and love through her weakness. 

Since her remarkable recovery Kristen has acquired a dynamic relationship with Christ, overcome depression, graduated from college, formed a suicide prevention outreach ministry,  Reaching You Ministries , and even appeared on the Oprah Show. In the meantime, through God’s grace, she has managed to use her story to encourage and impact the lives of countless people.

This is a book of hope for those who feel hopeless. It is a quick read that would be perfect to share and discus with teens and pre-teens. Included is a Resources Section that lists Suicide Warning Signs and prevention tips.

In Kristen’s words “Gratitude filled my heart. I was grateful that I’d lost my legs. That, more than anything else, had brought me to Christ.”

I received this book for free
from WaterBrook Multnomah Press
in their blogging for books program.
Opinions expressed in this review
are my own.

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