Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Life, In Spite Of Me: Book Review & Giveaway

About The Book:

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.
 
Includes notes of encouragement Kristen wishes she had received when she was struggling most.

Here is an excerpt of Life, In Spite Of Me



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 help those who are hurting, hopeless, lost, suicidal and depressed.
 
Tricia Goyer is the author of three hundred articles for national periodicals, as well as fourteen novels and six nonfiction books, including
Blue Like Play Dough.

My Review:

If you want your life to be changed forever, you MUST read this book. You will not get through it without really examining your life and your faith in God. You will not get through it without crying. And you will not get through Life, In Spite Of Me without being promoted to look at depression and suicide in a much different light.

I am so thankful that this book has come out. Ms. Anderson pulls no punches when describing her feelings and I love reading through her journey to renewal and total acceptance of who she is in Christ! You will be encouraged. I love that throughout the book, the author makes the reader aware of just how easily depression can occur, even without you realizing it. It can be paralyzing and completely alter your life, only if you let it. But building a fabulous support system, the author was able to recover from her depression, and move on from life changing injuries, obtained as a result of her suicide attempt. She shows us that you can move from hopelessness to hope because of God, in spite of our actions and choices! Thank God for that!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Life, In Spite Of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson here, directly from Waterbrook Multnomah


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***This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

21 comments:

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  2. I'd like to read this book because I have been so depressed that I wanted a way out! I am still not out of the woods (I'm getting help) and I think this book would be good to read.

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  3. I need to read this book and discover how she found her way back from that feeling of hopelessness and despair and that your life no longer matters. How does one handle it when you fail at the attempt and people you thought loved you say that you would never do it? It's almost like a dare to just go on ahead and do it right this time.

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  9. what an inspirational story !!

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  10. I would love to read this book to be reminded of how our awesome God can transform a life and turn utter hopelessness into HOPE.

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