Monday, March 7, 2011

Book Review: Life, in Spite of Me by: Kristen Jane Anderson and Tricia Goyer

Book Review:
Life, in Spite of Me
Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice
Kristen Jane Anderson and Tricia Goyer 

I first heard Kristen's story on the Family Life radio program.  As I listened to Kristen recount the details of her story, I was speechless.  I was given the opportunity to read this book by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group and I jumped at the chance.  I really wanted to hear more of this amazing story of God's mercy and grace in Kristen's life.

Kristen recounts a happy childhood with family memories of going to church and fun times.  But things changed in her teen years.  A friends suicide.  Another friend's death.  The death of her grandmother.  Rape. Fighting with parents.  These events turned Kristen's life upside down.  She was depressed and hurting deeply.  

She made a choice one cold January night to lie down aross the railroad tracks close to her home.  She wanted to end her life.  It was too painful to live anymore.  

But she was haunted by a question.  Will I go to heaven or hell?  She just wasn't sure.  

Kristen survived a 33 freight car train running over her body.  In this book she gives the details of her suicide attempt, her agonizing recovery,  the salvation she found in Christ, and what she is doing now to serve Him. 

I was captured on the first page.  I could feel Kristen's pain, hopelessness, and brokenness.  My heart ached with her through her struggle to recover and come to terms with what had happened.  I rejoiced with her when she found salvation in Christ.  I am hopeful with her that her ministry will reach others who feel they have no hope.  

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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