Book Review: “Life, In Spite of Me” (Kristen Jane Anderson)

Empty.  Hurting. Broken.  Searching.

All those words describe how Kristen felt inside. Her home-life was slowly crumbling apart; she was devastated by the recent suicide of her friend; depression weighed heavy on her mind; her grades were plummeting; the party scene was sucking her in; and God seemed nowhere in sight.

In Life, In Spite of Me,”  Kirsten Jane Anderson tells her story how she lay down on cold, icy train tracks just days after the New Year and tried to end her life. Thirty-three freight-train cars ran over her legs at fifty-five miles per hour before it came to a screeching halt. Expecting her life to be over, she looked down and saw her legs laying several feet away from her body – and she realized her worst nightmare had come true. She was alive… her suicide attempt was a failure.

The days, weeks, and months that followed were long and hard as she fought to live.

She still struggled with depression; still thought she had no reason to live; and was constantly on medications and in-and-out of counselor and therapist appointments.

Then Kirsten met Someone Who forever and completely changed her life completely – Jesus Christ.

Years later now, she has graduated from Bible College, has her own ministry, her family has come to Christ, and she is free of depression medication.

If you know someone who struggles with depression, thoughts of suicide, or if you’re looking to read a testimony of the amazing power of Jesus Christ, I encourage you to read this book. I had a hard time putting it down – and in what limited time I did have to read it, I completed the book within a couple days.

A special thank you goes to Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers and Blogging for Books for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest, personal review of it.

Here’s a couple of book trailers for you to watch:


Posted on April 26, 2011, in Book Review and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. what an inspiring story and I look forward to reading the book! Thanks for the review

  2. I have seen this book several times and thought about reading it, I just might do that now.

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