Life in Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson

Marsha Seiberling

5 Stars

September 15, 2011

strong textLife in Spite of Me Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice by Kristen Jane Anderson with Tricia Goyer ISBN 978-1-60142-252-1 Published by Multnomah 2011

There are some books that once you start reading them you don't want to put them down until you are done. Life in Spite of Me is one of those books.

Life in Spite of Me is the life story of Kristen Jane Anderson. At the age of 15, life started going down hill with the death of her grandmother. From there some of her classmates committed suicide, including one classmate that she had been close to. The final straw was when she was raped at a party. So, at the age of 17, she decided to end her life. She laid on the railroad tracks and waited for the train to run her over.

God had other plans for Kristen. She did not die when the train ran her over-----she did, however, get her legs cut off.

In Life in Spite of me you read along as she survives her failed suicide attempt. The ups and downs, the wondering, and her coming to Christ.

Throughout the book, and her story, Kristen has put in personal notes of encouragement to those reading the book. I like this.

A wonderful story of surviving and then using that survival to go on and help others. I recommend this read for everyone. Teens who are in a state of depression will get a lot out of this book. Everyone should read this book! I found myself crying during several areas of the book as I read her story.