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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601423829
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601423825
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Life, In Spite of Me is a remarkable story of life beyond despair and hope that triumphs over tragedy.” 
   —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
   


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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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Life, In Spite of Me is an inspirational story of hope, love and trust in God and Jesus Christ.
Elizabeth Gorski
The book "Life, In Spite of Me" is the amazing story of Kristen Anderson- a girl who survived suicide and went on to start a ministry that would save lives.
Who Me?
Kristen decided one cold winter day to end her life. "things would be better for everyone if I wasnt around."
A. Wallis

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Wow - from the tightness in my chest to the tears of every emotion running down my face I can't recommend this book enough. It changed my life. It will change yours. Kristen's story of common teenage pain to the ultimate choice is one that I can relate to unfortunately too well. Her words put me in the moment. Her pain made me want to leave that moment. Yet, with every page I was wanting to know more - routing for her and in a sense starting to route for myself as well.

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Pausley on May 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Life, In Spite of Me was a wake up call for me. Most of my life I've heard of people who battled with depression or bi-polar disorder or just sadness in general - but, rarely understood what I was hearing. Kristen and Tricia present Kristen's story in a way that really helps the reader understand what it's really like to live your life captured by depression, sadness and a feeling of hopelessness. Many times I felt like I was there with Kristen as she fought her sadness. I felt myself cheering her on through her long recovery and rejoicing at the end when... well, you'll have to read that for yourself.
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Erin on June 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Well I guess I should first preface this review by saying that I knew Kristen Anderson in high school. I can remember seeing her talk and laugh in class, she was so friendly and sweet to everyone. She dated a friend of mine and was all around a wonderful person and classmate. I never knew her pain or saw her troubles until I heard about her tragic accident. I have seen Kristen around the past few years and I like everyone else know her story is remarkable, but until I read her book I didn't know anything. Reading this book gave me an insight into her life, her struggle, and her amazing revelation. I realized that the title perfectly fit this book. It made me remember Life happens in spite of our decisions or actions. I am very grateful to have read this book, and have received this message. Thank you Kristen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Hartness VINE VOICE on June 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Kristen was a troubled 17 year-old girl who struggled with feelings of hopelessness, pain and defeat. When life became unbearable, suicide seemed like the only solution. So she made the devastating choice to lie down in front of an oncoming train. Miraculously, she survived. "Life, In Spite of Me" is the story of Kristen Jane Anderson's journey from despair, to faith in Christ, to her ministry to the world.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mercy Girl on May 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Suicide and depression are unfortunately common problems in our society that are often misunderstood and can leave the one struggling feeling incredibly alone and full of shame. This is an INCREDIBLE book that EVERYONE should read to get a better understanding of depression, suicide, or to find hope in a seemingly hopeless situation. Kristen presents her story in a way that anyone can understand and relates to people from any walk of life. I HIGHLY recommend this book, which tells Kristen's story in such an intimate way that you can't help but feel like you're her closest friend, thus gaining that intimate understanding of often misjudged issues.
Kristen, thank you for sharing your story with the world. May God have the glory. :)
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