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Life In Spite of Me: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 - 8:50 AM CST

Life In Spite Of MeFor those suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts, it can be a long journey back to hope and wellness, as reflected in Life In Spite of Me, the story of Kristen Jane Anderson as told to Tricia Goyer.

This powerful memoir tells the life story of Kristen Jane Anderson before, during and after the suicide attempt that led to the loss of her legs. It covers the history of depression in her family, the deaths of friends and a family member and a rape by a friend that pushed her deep into depression as she was entering her final year in high school. This depression led her to make the choice to lie down on the railroad tracks near her home and attempt to take her life. She shouldn't have survived, but believes that God saved her for a greater purpose.

The greater part of the memoir focuses on Kristen's life after the suicide attempt and her journey to find hope in Jesus Christ. After her accident, she discovers the emptiness in the life she had led before and comes to an understanding of who God is and accepts Him as her Savior. She eventually decides that she is being called into ministry and starts the "Reaching You" ministry that reaches out to people who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.

Pros: This memoir gives hope and strength to those who may be struggling with depression and understanding of the disorder even to those who are not. Also, between some chapters she includes touching notes with the things she wishes that someone had told her when she was struggling with depression.

Cons: In the memoir, Kristen makes the decision to go off her antidepressants. The dangers of going off antidepressants are not fully acknowledged. Some sufferers of clinical depression will have to be on antidepressants for their whole lives.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



Authors: Sara Rowe

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