Friday, May 21, 2010

Book Review: Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson

Right off, the title, Life, In Spite of Me--Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice by Kristen Jane Anderson caught my attention.  This is a very touching story of a young woman who attempted suicide in her teen years by laying down on railroad tracks.   Incredibly, she did not die, but did lose her legs in the attempt.  She shares her struggles with depression that brought her to the point of wanting to die, her struggles following the attempt, and finding her purpose in life.  Kristen has been featured on Oprah and is now a popular speaker at colleges, youth events, churches, suicide prevention outreaches.

This is a quick and simple read and I read it in one setting.  Kristen's remarkable story is one that should be shared with all young people.  Depression and suicide are too common among young people and through her story, I feel she can make a difference in the life of anyone who feels like giving up.  This book is also quite empowering to anyone who reads it as it reminds us all that we all have a purpose in life.  Warning:  be prepared to shed a few tears while reading Life, In Spite of Me.

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Disclaimer:  I recieved a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for the purposes of  providing an honest review.  I received no compensation.  The opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment:

Stuff Smart said...

Thanks. I will have to look for this book. Sadly suicide is too common.
Thanks for the review.

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