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She wanted to die. God had other plans.

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. 

I have a lot of issues with the man upstairs, AKA God, so I am always on the look out for a book that will inspire me and lead me to a deeper understanding. I hate to say it, but while Life, In Spite of Me is a story of courage, this isn’t the book I was looking for.

Kristen Jane Anderson is a remarkable woman. What she has done with her life and her faith since attempting suicide and losing her legs is a roadmap in how to turn your life around when you hit bottom.

What didn’t work for me was that the book didn’t connect a lot of dots for me and maybe that is just me. It seemed like one day she wanted to die and the next, she found God and had a purpose. It couldn’t have been that easy, I mean I know that her struggle had to be like climbing Mt. Everest, but that feeling and exertion didn’t make it into the book.

Those with a strong faith will no doubt love this book. I too, admire her and her strength amazes me.

I thank LitFuse and Multnomah Books for sending me Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson and Tricia Goyer.

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