“She wanted to die, but God had other plans.”
“One January night, seventeen year old Kristen Anderson decided she no longer wanted to deal with the emotional pain that smothered her. She lay down on a set of railroad tracks and waited for a freight train to send her to heaven…and peace. Miraculously, Kristen’s story doesn’t end there.”~ Life In Spite of Me (book jacket)
In “Life In Spite of Me”, Kristen Anderson opens up about her painful journey and recovery from her failed suicide attempt.
Even if you’ve never struggled with depression or suicidal thoughts, chances are you know someone who has—or did. In fact, many people in Kristen’s situation would’ve done the exact same thing…and not live to tell about it. The fact that she survived and completely turned her life around is a testament to the power of God’s redemption, love and mercy. This book is not only perfect for those in the midst of a crisis, but also for those who want to help those who are hurting.
The book itself is a quick read (could almost be considered a page-turner, really) but its impression is poignant and long-lasting.
What really impressed me the most about the author is the fact that everything she says points back to the Cross. Anderson takes absolutely no credit for her recovery nor exhibits an ounce of pride in her personal strength. It’s not about her—as she mentions over and over--it’s about God, and how He graciously allowed her to have a second chance at life—life in spite of herself.
Thanks to Kristen’s honesty, I will never be able to look at depression—or the act of suicide—in the same way again.
*This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. No additional compensation was provided and the thoughts and views expressed are entirely my own.*