Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Life in Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson & Tricia Goyer: A Book Review

Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice.


When I heard about the opportunity to review Kristen Jane Anderson's book, I was thrilled. When I received the book in the mail, I was thrilled. When I read the book, I was in awe. This story is one you will never forget. And one EVERY teen girl MUST read!

"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's young life was typical of most and downs, nothing major...until a two-year time frame threw her into a chasm of depression she knew she couldn't climb out of on her own. In those two years, her grandmother and three friends died and she was raped by a close (and trusted, or so she thought) friend. Kristen did the unthinkable...

"Fear coursed through me. I squeezed my eyes tighter.

It's going to be over now. The pain is going to end. I'll be in heaven soon.

As the train whistle blew, the vibration of my body stilled.

The sound stopped. The wind stopped. The train stopped.

Am I dead yet?"

One cold winter night she made the decision to end it all. She laid down on the cold railroad tracks in front of a speeding train. Thirty-three train cars travelled at 55 MPH over her body and severed both legs. Kristen's worst nightmare wasn't over...she lived.

Kristen's book chronicles her struggles to come to terms with a life with no legs and her anger toward God for letting her live.

This story is captivating as Kristen discovers to real purpose for living. As you see her travel from despair to victory your heart will be touched by her letters to her young readers. Kristen speaks the words she wishes she had heard that may have kept her off the tracks that night.

Surprisingly, Kristen feels amazingly blessed by her situation and can now look back and see the GIFT FROM GOD in her tragedy. This is the gift you should be buying for every teenage girl you know! I just told her story to our 5th & 6th grade youth group tonight as we discussed God's plan and living by faith!

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Upon finishing the book I found Kristen on facebook and have enjoyed seeing her words of wisdom, hope and faith. She is one amazing woman...and completely a gift from God! Thanks for your story Kristen, you are saving lives!


Janet Oberholtzer said...

Great review - definitely a book I want to read.

MaBunny said...

ugh, yet another tempting book to add to my to be read pile! Thanks for the review Michelle!