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Life, In Spite of Me: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice Paperback – May 17, 2011
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—Louie Giglio, pastor, Passion City Church/The Passion Movement
“Suicide is a liar and a thief. It promises peace to those who are escaping but delivers unimaginable pain and rejection to those left behind. Kristen Jane Anderson’s riveting story unmasks the thief and gives hope a face.”
—Dr. Dennis Rainey, president, FamilyLife Ministries
“When I first met Kristen, I was overwhelmed with her smile, and then I saw her wheelchair. It was a defining moment for me. I had not heard her story or why she’d ended up at Moody. But it was her smile—and it is still her smile—that dismantles me. Kristen has something. It is something otherworldly. She had every reason to die, but now she has every reason to live. I hope you’ll read her story, see her smile, and know why she lives.”
—Michael Easley, former president, Moody Bible Institute
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
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, or depressed.
Tricia Goyer is the author of three hundred articles for national periodicals, as well as many novels and several nonfiction books, including Blue Like Play Dough.
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Top Customer Reviews
It's a beautiful story - well worth the time and cup of tea to read it. I read it in less then 48 hours. It's a beautiful book - I have a soft spot for hardcover books and this one is one that will forever have a place not on my bookshelf but on my nightstand to forever remind me of what I am grateful for and to always seek His direction.
As a youth leader and youth pastor's wife, I appreciated Kristen's side notes to those battling depression or suicidal thoughts themselves. She is personal and got right on the level with where so many of our teens are today in this society. Best of all - the Gospel is CLEAR and evident and she speaks of it unashamedly! There is hope for those struggling and I've been challenged to wake up and be more alert to the teens I'm surrounded by, who might be battling this quiet demon. Kristen's story will encourage you, challenge you and motivate you to get on board with helping people. If you have any kind of interaction with people, at all, this book could be a helpful tool for you in identifying the needs of people suffering with depression.
While Kristen's book is an autobiographical account of her life since the train incident, it reads like a novel. From the opening pages, I was riveted to her story and how God is working in her life. Her co-writer, Tricia Goyer was an excellent partner as Kristen shared her struggles. On more than one occasion, I was brought to tears as I related to some of the emotional pain she was dealing with. I was also moved in how the Lord has touched her body, mind and spirit.
If you're dealing with depression, I highly recommend this book. If you know someone who's struggling, I recommend that you get them a copy. Kristen's story is amazing, and it has much hope for those looking for even a glimmer of light at the end of their very long, very dark tunnel. In addition, Kristen's ministry "Reaching You" has an excellent website for resources for those who need assistance.
From one perspective, Kristen Jane Anderson's story is tragic. The flawed decisions that she made as a teenager will affect her for the rest of her life. But in that tragedy, God is working in her to bless others. She is a new person with a new perspective, filled with hope and love of life. And it is in reading "Life, In Spite of Me" that her readers can be encouraged by that same hope and love as well.
Kristen, thank you for sharing your story with the world. May God have the glory. :)
Life, In Spite of Me: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a must read for anyone with teenagers at home. I highly reckoned this book !Published 15 days ago by David P. Beatty
The first few chapters of this book are hard to swallow. Glad I hung in there to see how God transformed Kristen's heart, mind and soul.Published 5 months ago by brooke
The title of this book says it all! In spite of Kristen's desire to destroy herself, there was and is a bigger plan for her life which she cleverly shares with her readers. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Yvonne Godfrey
Thank you, Kristen, for sharing your story and testimony! I'm sure it has helped to save many lives. May God bless you!Published 7 months ago by Rachel Williams
Your story touched my life! I have a hard time wrapping my mind and how much can God love me and humankind when we are all messed up in a way or two.... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer