Life In Spite Of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson, Tricia Goyer

She wanted to die. God had other plans.

Why does my life have to be so painful?
What’s wrong with me?
It’s not going to get better.
It could all be over soon, and then I won’t hurt anymore.

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.

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Kristen’s story was one that is horrifying, sad, hopeful, and triumphant, all rolled into one package.   From the early pages her sorrow and depression envelope you.  Close family losses and a devastating experience with what she thought was a friendship leaves her reeling – and what teenager wouldn’t be?

33 freight cars sever her legs during a suicide attempt, at a time she didn’t want anything more than to just die and feel nothing…. God stepped in. She didn’t lose her life as planned – but instead gained something that is sure to help others.   An inspiring story that I would encourage anyone who has doubts about what their future holds, or why they are here on this earth and this (fill in the blank ________________) situation.

I received my copy of this book from Litfuse

5 Comments on “Life In Spite Of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson, Tricia Goyer

  1. This gives me chills just thinking about what this young woman went through. But it sounds like an inspirational read.

  2. I thought this was a novel at first until I got to the end of your review…a memoir? Wow. What a story. It sounds, well, like you said – horrifying but also inspirational.

    Hope you’re enjoying NYC.


  3. Wow, this sounds like a very inspirational story. I am very anxious to read it:)

  4. I have been shocked by the number of suicides in this area since we moved to TN. I saw the effects on the family when getting the news at the hospital the first year we were here. I had to take my son, 10, to the ER for an asthma attack. I was waiting at the desk as a “procession” went by. The father was being supported by 2 men and sobbing uncontrollably. The mother was a few people back, sitting in a wheelchair shouting angrily at everyone. She had been taking their son to school, they were late leaving and words were exchanged – nothing that doesn’t happen everyday in numerous households. He said he forgot something, went back in the house, and shot himself in the head. He was 15.
    In the five years after my son left high school, he had 3 to 5 friends and acquaintances EACH YEAR either attempted or succeeded in committing suicide. These were mostly kids from good middle and upper middle class homes and it was a small school (senior class of 125+-).
    There are several suicides in the paper every month and many more that are not publicly reported. I realize there are many factors in a person’s choice to end their life. It just seems that people are less likely to try and work things out or are more discouraged than ever before.
    Hopefully, some of them will find this book and learn how she turned her life around and learned to cope.

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