Thursday, March 24, 2011

Book Review: Life, In Spite of Me

Title: Life, In Spite of Me
Author: Kristen Jane Anderson with Tricia Goyer
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Published Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60142-252-1
Pages: 209

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

About the Book:
Life, In Spite of Me recounts in riveting detail the trauma of a suicide attempt, the miracle of survival, and the life transforming power of hope in Christ.

About the Authors:
Kristen Jane Anderson has been featured on Oprah and is a popular speaker at colleges, women's and youth events, churches, and suicide prevention outreaches. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute and the founder of Reaching You Ministries. Kristen seeks to heolp those who are hurting, hopeless, lost, suicidal, and depressed.

Tricia Goyer is the author of hundreds of articles for national periodicals, as well as more than a dozen novels and several nonfiction books, including Blue Like Play Dough.

My review:
Kristen was 17 years old, depressed, upset, and angry at her parents, at having just been raped, and life in general. As she laid down on the railroad tracks as the train was coming, she was searching for peace. However, she managed to survive the ordeal of being run over by a train. The book is Kristen's journey of becoming well again, physically and mentally. She chronicles the really bad and then triumphs with the really good that came out of an event that could have been tragedy.

Kristen's emotions are laid out for all to know about and she writes with an honesty that is refreshing. Her struggle to get well and how Christ helped her become the person she wanted to be is an amazing journey throughout the pages. The book reminds us all of who is in charge and what we plan isn't always the plan for our lives.

Check out Kristen's site.