Friday, July 1, 2011

Life, In Spite of Me

Life, In Spite of Me
Kristen Jane Anderson
with Tricia Goyer

Kristen tells the story of her depression and attempted suicide. After losing her legs she struggles to regain her life again and find purpose. Why did God let her live? Why is she still here?

The book is written in first person and gives an in depth look into what prompted her to try and take her life. She doesn't hold back in talking about what she was dealing with and how she slipped so many times on the road to recovery, both mentally and physically.

She included little notes to people who might be struggling with some of the same issues she was dealing with. It's things she wished that someone had talked to her about. The book also includes resources to help someone who is suicidal.

I really enjoyed this book. It made me take a closer look at how I interact with those around me. Would I have noticed she was depressed? Would I be willing to step outside my little world enough to help someone? Once the author realized that God was the reason she was alive she was willing to tell her story and share her pain so that someone else might be helped. This was inspiring.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone with teenagers.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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