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