Thursday, June 14, 2012

Life, In Spite of Me Book Review

Life, In Spite of Me 

Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice
by Kristen Jane Anderson 
with Tricia Goyer 
Kristen Jane Anderson tells her true story in Life, In Spite of Me, Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice.    Depression was a reality for her father and grandparents and an uncle had committed suicide,  but it was not something the family talked about.  So when Kristen began acting out as a teen and feeling like life was hopeless, she had no one to turn to for answers.   Her mother tried to intervene and took her to a counselor.  The psychiatrist told her to cut it out or she'd end up working in a McDonald's for her life's profession.   Medication did not seem to help when she took the prescribed antidepressants.   
She began drinking alcohol, smoking, and partying.   At one of the parties, a young man she cared for raped her.  She hid it from everyone and took the shame on herself.   She blamed herself.     Her parents finally resorted to grounding her for an indefinite period of time.  That same night, she went for a walk and found herself at the park where the train tracks traveled.  Before she knew it, she was laying on the track and the train ran over her.  The next thing she recalls was laying on the tracks and seeing her legs laying far off in the grass. 
A long recovery followed and she does not remember how she ended up on the train tracks.  Did she try to commit suicide as the doctors believe?   She was placed in a psychiatric ward several times, and finally finds a therapist who is a Christian.   Ruth Ann offers hope.  She finds a church and friends who introduce her to Christ in a new way.  Read her fascinating and touching story to see how she turns a fatal choice into extraordinary hope.   
Kristen's story can offer hope to many who feel they have no purpose.   She overcame great obstacles and others can do the same!   


For more information about Kristen Jane Anderson:  
Kristen's ministry website: http://www.reachingyouministries.com/
To read the first chapter of her book:  http://multnomahemails.com/wbmlt/pdf/SneakPeek_LifeInSpiteofMe.pdf
Kristen Jane Anderson 
Tricia Goyer, co-author:
I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multonomah Press in exchange for my honest review.   



18 comments:

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  2. Hi!

    This is Krishna from Ning Book Blogs! Thanks for following my blog Journey with Books. I really appreciate it! I'm following yours back!

    Krishna
    http://journeywithbooks.blogspot.com

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  3. Good Review!
    Found you through Bookblog, and I'm your new follower.
    Please check out my blog.

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  5. I'm so glad that I found your blog through the 99% Exposure blog hop! I first saw the word 'crochet' on your link and thought that this would not be a site for me (it's not one of my hobbies), but I'm glad that I took the time to check you out!

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    Tina

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    1. Oops! I typed it wrong. Here it is: http://happymomshappyhomes.blogspot.com

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    2. I found you and am following. enjoyed your blog and look forward to seeing more of it! I am glad you checked mine out also!

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  6. following through the 99% exposure hop@

    http://happychaos4life.blogspot.com/

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    1. thanaks, Shauna, I'll hop over to your blog too!

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  7. Hi! Following you from the Exposure 99% Weekday hop! I hope you will stop by Swanky Baby and follow us too. Have a good day!

    Swanky Baby
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    1. Thanks, Swanky Baby's Mom! you have a super day too!

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  8. This looks like something I might enjoy reading. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Yes, Linda, very inspiring story by a special young lady!

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