Friday, May 21, 2010

Book Review: Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson

Many times throughout my life I have struggled with depression. I have tried to deal with it in my own strength, which does not work, at least in the long run. It's never gotten so bad that I have been suicidal, but I can identify with those who think things are hopeless and look for a way out of this life. I have had people in my life who have helped me to see that God is my strength and my joy. And because of Him, I can be content and at peace in this life, regardless of my circumstances or how much it hurts.

Life, In Spite of Me: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal ChoiceKristen Anderson was 17 when she tried to commit suicide. She saw her life as unbearable and the only way she knew to "fix things" was to end it by lying down on the train tracks near her home. As a result, she lost both of her legs.

Thankfully, Kristen survived. In her book, Life, In Spite of Me, she describes how she struggled through her recovery and eventually came to understand that she needed Jesus as her Savior. She found hope in Him and is now serving God through her ministry to others.

This is an inspiring story of healing and second chances. God has done a wonderful work in Kristen's life. It is a great resource for those who are dealing with depression and for those who minister to them.  

To read Chapter one of Life, In Spite of Me, go here.

(This book was sent to me by Waterbrook Multnomah for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own.)


Carrie said...

I heard about this book and thought it sounded like an AMAZING story! Thanks for sharing the Youtube clip AND -- have a great weekend!

Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

oh, this sounds inspirational. I'll have to add this one to my wishlist. I enjoy inspirational reads.