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Monday, May 17, 2010

Book Review: Life In Spite Of Me

Life In Spite of Me is so good, you’ll want to read it like I did – all in one sitting. 

Kristen Anderson’s story drew me in immediately and captivated me all the way through. Her writing is so real, honest and raw – that I could not put the book down.

At the young age of seventeen when she had everything going for her, Kristen attempted suicide. She lay down across the railroad tracks near her home in front of a speeding train going 55 miles per hour. 

As 33 freight train cars sped over her and severed her legs from her body – she miraculously survived.

Later when Kristen talked to a train engineer who heard her testimony, he confirmed that only a miracle could have saved her in this situation. Normally, the physics of the speeding train would have sucked her body upward but amazingly, Kristen felt a force that she now believes was the hand of God holding her down as the train swept over her. 

As the paramedics arrived on the scene, Kristen lost about 8 pints of blood. Usually, people die after losing 5 pints – yet another confirmation that God had special plans for Kristen and would use her life as a testimony of His goodness, grace and mercy.

Life In Spite of Me is the story of God’s hand upon a young woman and how her life would forever change. The very life she wanted to end would eventually become precious to her, through the healing process and through her acceptance of Christ as her savior. This book details her tragedy, her recovery and how she battled depression and discouragement. It also shares the struggles her family faced as they all adjusted to life after Kristen’s suicide attempt.

In every chapter, Kristen also includes letters to those who may be battling the same depression and suicidal thoughts that she did. Out of her horrific loss, God led Kristen to birth a ministry. 

Kristen founded Reaching You Ministries which offers support and hope to those who are overcome with despair.

You can learn more about Kristen and her ministry at

This book was provided free for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

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