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Kristen was a troubled 17 year-old girl who struggled with feelings of hopelessness, pain and defeat. When life became unbearable, suicide seemed like the only solution. So she made the devastating choice to lie down in front of an oncoming train. Miraculously, she survived. Life, In Spite of Me is the story of Kristen Jane Anderson’s journey from despair, to faith in Christ, to her ministry to the world.
I don’t mention it much here on The Calico Critic, but I’ve been struggling with depression since the spring of 2009. Medication has been a huge help, and this blog has also brought much sunshine to my life as well. However, I consider my relationship with Christ to be the most important factor in making it through this difficult time. It’s with this perspective that I requested a copy of Life, In Spite of Me.
While Kristen’s book is an autobiographical account of her life since the train incident, it reads like a novel. From the opening pages, I was riveted to her story and how God is working in her life. Her co-writer, Tricia Goyer was an excellent partner as Kristen shared her struggles. On more than one occasion, I was brought to tears as I related to some of the emotional pain she was dealing with. I was also moved in how the Lord has touched her body, mind and spirit.
If you’re dealing with depression, I highly recommend this book. If you know someone who’s struggling, I recommend that you get them a copy. Kristen’s story is amazing, and it has much hope for those looking for even a glimmer of light at the end of their very long, very dark tunnel. In addition, Kristen’s ministry Reaching You has an excellent website for resources for those who need assistance.
From one perspective, Kristen Jane Anderson’s story is tragic. The flawed decisions that she made as a teenager will affect her for the rest of her life. But in that tragedy, God is working in her to bless others. She is a new person with a new perspective, filled with hope and love of life. And it is in reading Life, In Spite of Me that her readers can be encouraged by that same hope and love as well.
Videos of Kristen
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