It's time for another blog tour. This one is one that you aren't gonna want to miss! Life In Spite of Me is written by Kristen Jane Anderson. It's her life story.
Kristen was only a teenager when she decided she wanted to die. But God had marvelous, and miraculous, plans for her life...
"Why does my life have to be so painful? What’s wrong with me? It’s not going to get better. It could all be over soon, and then I won’t hurt anymore."
Kristen Anderson thought she had the picture-perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook: three friends and her grandmother died within two years. Still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a seemingly bottomless depression. One January night, the seventeen-year-old decided she no longer wanted to deal with the emotional pain that smothered her. She lay down on a set of cold railroad tracks and waited for a freight train to send her to heaven…and peace.
But Kristen's story doesn’t end there. In Life, In Spite of Me this remarkably joyful young woman shares the miracle of her survival, the agonizing aftermath of her failed suicide attempt, and the hope that has completely transformed her life, giving her a powerful purpose for living. Her gripping story of finding joy against all odds provides a vivid and unforgettable reminder that life is a gift to be treasured.
This book is a must read. I started it on a Friday night and it was finished by Sunday afternoon. Kristen's story is one of recovery and redemption. I wish I could tell you about what happened when she lay down on those railroad tracks that night...but you will need to read it for yourself.
You can read the first chapter here or watch a video about the book here.
I am giving away my copy of this book. If you are interested, please leave me a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. First one gets the book!
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.