Book Review + Giveaway:: Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson

18 May

When 17 year-old Kristen Anderson laid on the tracks in front of an oncoming train, she expected to die.  In fact, she wanted to die.  The incident that should very well have taken her life only took Kristen’s legs, which was still a lot.  Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson with Tricia Goyer is Kristen’s story about her suicide attempt, adjusting to her new circumstances, and how God powerfully has worked in Kristen’s life making this tragedy a triumph.

Life, In Spite of Me is a powerful story is an emotional, yet redemptive tale.  This book page turner is saturated humility and honestly.  Kristen shares how several deaths including the suicide of a close friend and rape by another friend started the downward spiral that led to her attempted suicide.  Kristen then takes us through her physical recovery, which led to a spiritual recovery as she commited her life to God.

While this story was beautifully written, it became a bit dull at the “seeker sensitive” parts towards the second half of the book.  I love that Kristen has a heart to God with people and feel that Life, In Spite of Me would be a great read for anyone struggling with his or her faith.  However, it all seemed too simplistic at parts.  The pieces just fell in place for Kristen and it seemed that she didn’t face the doubts or questions so many new believers face.  Though she had difficulty with prosthetics, Kristen was able to overcome every obstacle, including the disuse of medications for depression and pain just by trusting God.  I felt that there should be a disclaimer stating that this wasn’t everyone’s experience as a new Christian.

Other than that, I found Life, In Spite of Me to be inspiration, well-written, and a good, fast read.  It is evident that the hand of God protected Kristen and that He is now using her story to bring people to Him.

Amy’s Grade: B+

Does Life, In Spite of Me this sound like a book you’d like to read?  Well, then today’s your lucky day because Backseat Writer is giving away ONE copy to a lucky reader.  All you have to do is become a follower of the site via the RSS Feed or subscribed by e-mail.  Just leave a message below telling me that you’re a follower and you’re in the running.  By the way, if you’re already a follower simply say, “I’m a follower!” Just leave a comment and you’re entered! Contest ends May 26 at 11:59 PM EST.

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

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No Responses to “Book Review + Giveaway:: Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson”

  1. Nathan Allison May 20, 2010 at 12:35 PM #

    I think a disclaimer concerning the use of medication could be helpful. However I have seen people completely healed from things they were taking a lot of pain medication for and have not had to take the medication again. The biggest message that needs to be communicated is that a lot of Christians believe in God’s healing and restoring power and almost all believe in medicine.

  2. karenk May 21, 2010 at 12:50 PM #

    i am very interested in reading Kristen’s inspirational story…thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  3. Andrew May 22, 2010 at 3:53 PM #

    I would love to read this book. I have had Satan telling me before thoughts about this. I have been where she has been. Not the same story but my own. It seems like a great book of never giving up on your life.

  4. Bets May 24, 2010 at 2:27 PM #

    I love to read and I especially LOVE inspirational, non fiction, books. I look forward tp reading this someday!!

  5. Keilann May 24, 2010 at 3:35 PM #

    I would be very intrigued to read Kristen’s story and see how God has helped her to overcome such tragedy.

  6. Liza May 24, 2010 at 3:46 PM #

    That sounds like a great story–very inspirational! Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. Kristen May 24, 2010 at 7:03 PM #

    I like reading real life stories.

  8. rustysgirl May 24, 2010 at 11:06 PM #

    I’m not usually a memoir fan, but this sounds interesting. I’d love to win!

  9. Jenna Wood May 25, 2010 at 12:34 AM #

    I’m a follower and I’d love to read it!
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  10. jackie May 25, 2010 at 6:31 AM #

    I am believer, seeking to rebuild my relationship with God and i love reading. Maybe this book is what i need to read.

  11. Marci J May 25, 2010 at 7:46 AM #

    I love memoirs- this one sounds like it packs a lot of emotional punch. It’s definitely something I want to read – thank you for the chance to win.

  12. Jennifer May 25, 2010 at 12:20 PM #

    This sounds like a very inspirational story. Thank you for offering it to one of your readers!!

  13. LaTawnia Kintz May 25, 2010 at 2:06 PM #

    Sounds like a great book to read. Please enter me in the drawing. By the way, Christian Books Giveaway (Carman) sent me!

  14. Brenda Casto May 25, 2010 at 5:27 PM #

    Please count me in I would love to read this book. Thanks Brenda

  15. Julia May 25, 2010 at 7:01 PM #

    I would love to read this book. Carman sent me.

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  16. Linda Kish May 26, 2010 at 12:52 AM #

    I would love to read this book.

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  17. Lou Ann Gibson May 26, 2010 at 10:43 AM #

    I would so love to have this book. Thank you for the offer. Carman sent me.

  18. stephanie May 26, 2010 at 11:43 AM #

    Oh, I have been seeing this book everywhere these past couple of days. I would so love to win this. It looks wonderful.

    ~Steph
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  19. Kathryn May 26, 2010 at 11:18 PM #

    This sounds inspiring! I’d like to read it 🙂

  20. Anne M. Johnstone September 10, 2010 at 11:50 AM #

    Would love to get a copy, this needs to be read and passed on.

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