From Tracie: Life in Spite of Me

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Life in Spite of Me

Life in Spite of Me - Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice by Kristen Jane Anderson is the true story of an amazing survivor.  She found the darkness closing in on her after a close friend committed suicide, her grandmother died, and once again after surviving a rape.  Kristen got to the point where she didn't want to live anymore and when she was 17 years old, she lay down on the tracks and waited for the train to come.  Miraculously, that train didn't take her life, but it did take her legs.

This book is an honest look at surviving....not just surviving the suicide attempt or even the rape, but surviving the surgeries, depression, rehab, and all the changes that her life went through.  She is uncompromisingly honest about checking herself into a psychiatric ward, learning that prosthetics aren't everything that she dreamed they would be, and how she learned to take her story and use it to inspire other people that there is hope and help out there and suicide isn't the answer.  Kristen's book is a true inspiration.

I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multonomah.   They did not pay me to write this review and I was not required to say nice things. 

1 comment:

  1. Oh My! Just this little piece of her story gave me chills. (Could be partly coz I'm eating a popsicle but still!) How amazing that she survived ... and conquered! I'll have to read this one!