Life, In Spite of Me

Heather —  May 26, 2010
Life Inspite of Me

By Kristen Jane Anderson as told to Tricia Goyer

When I first received Life in Spite of Me, I left it on the desk for a long time. I knew that it was not going to be lightweight summer reading. Suicide is not a pleasant topic and I wanted to sit and give the story my full attention when I read it. When I did begin, the first chapter was riveting, but painful. I kept wanting to shout, “No, don’t do that!!”

But, after the initial sadness and loss, I found that I should have realized from the smile on Kristin’s face on the cover that this book would be filled with hope.

While the subject matter was complex and upsetting at parts, the writing is very tender and honest. Kristin’s story is more of a love story with her creator and her life than I ever imagined it could be. Kristin is not just a survivor, but a wonderful light to those who are hurting and to those who wish to help.

I recommend the book, and also visiting to find out more.

From LitFuse:

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 on life. One January night, the seventeen-year-old made a decision: 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.

Amazingly, Kristen survived her suicide attempt… but the 33 freight cars that ran over her severed her legs. Now she not only had to deal with depression; she also had to face the physical pain and life without legs.

But Kristen’s story didn’t end there. After her darkest days Kristen discovered a real purpose for living. Now, in her compelling book Life, In Spite of Me, Kristen shares her journey from despair to hope.

Includes letters from Kristen that share messages she wishes someone would have told her-when she was depressed and struggling with loss, shame from sexual abuse, and suicidal thoughts.

Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty-two books of fiction and nonfiction, including Blue Like Play Dough  and the Gold Medallion finalist Life Interrupted. Goyer writes for publications such as Today’s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family, speaks to women’s groups nationwide, and has been a presenter at the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) national convention. She and her husband, John, live with their family in Montana.

Life in Spite of Me is available for purchase on Amazon, now.

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Thanks to LitFuse for providing me with a copy of Life In Spite of me for review purposes.


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2 responses to Life, In Spite of Me

  1. Wow! This sounds quite intense! It's good that she's able to give a message of hope to others.

    I hope you are well. 🙂

    Annie Kate

  2. It does sound like a really good read. I love reading the heart of others. I wish our church still had MOPS too