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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
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.
- Item Weight : 6 ounces
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1601423829
- ISBN-13 : 978-1601423825
- Dimensions : 5.18 x 0.48 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Multnomah (May 17, 2011)
- Reading level : 14 - 17 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #599,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And that's just one thing. There's more. And there were certainly members of the mental health profession that failed her miserably when her parents were trying to get her help. But despite all that, it's very clear that God was there with her, even when she was trying to take her life. And God saved her from death. There are several points in the book where it becomes clear that she should not be alive now. But she is. Because God has work for her to do. And believe me, this boo is helping her do it. It is really just such a good book. And like I said, it should be required reading for teenagers. She not only talks about her depression and how she got to that point. She also talks about her recovery, the lessons she learned from it all, and how she managed to recover and turn her life into something amazing, all with the help of God (and a bunch of His servants here on Earth). Her story is sad. But also full of hope. And grace. And strength. And God's power.
This book is the story of her journey...all of it. Kristen explains what had been going on in her "all-American" life that led her to make the decision to take her life. She is also very candid about the details of coming to learn that God saved her life for a purpose. It was a long and hard, even after she gave her life to Christ. She is very open with her struggles with depression and recovery.
Kristen has gone on to earn a degree from Moody Bible College. She has started a ministry, Reaching You ([…]), that God is blessing to reach people all over the world who are struggling with depression and suicide. Kristen tells her story whenever she has the opportunity and has even appeared on Oprah. She gives God all the glory for saving her life and is making all that she can with her second chance at life.
As a school teacher, I have experienced two student suicides. I have always wondered how teens come to the decision that the only way out is to end their life. What could possibly be so wrong that all hope is gone? Having insight from someone who has made that choice and yet lived to tell is invaluable. Kristen includes letters between some of the chapters of things she wished someone would have said to her while she was struggling. At the end of the book, she includes a list of red flags that indicate the contemplation of suicide as well as tips for how to approach and provide intervention. I truly believe that God will use this book to speak to many youth who are experiencing hard times.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a favorable review.
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I'm always amazed how God can take our mess and make a message. Thank you for your courage to share. I know that your book and story is reaching many. We serve a powerful God. He always is amazing.