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Life, in Spite of Me

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She wanted to die. God had other plans.

Why does my life have to be so painful?
What's wrong with me?
It's not going to get better.
It could all be over soon, and then I won't hurt anymore.

Kristen Anderson thought she had the picture-perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook: three friends and her grandmother died within two years. Still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a seemingly bottomless depression.

One January night, the seventeen-year-old decided she no longer wanted to deal with the emotional pain that smothered her. She lay down on a set of cold railroad tracks and waited for a freight train to send her to heaven…and peace.

But Kristen's story doesn't end there.

In Life, In Spite of Me this remarkably joyful young woman shares the miracle of her survival, the agonizing aftermath of her failed suicide attempt, and the hope that has completely transformed her life, giving her a powerful purpose for living.

Her gripping story of finding joy against all odds provides a vivid and unforgettable reminder that life is a gift to be treasured.

Includes notes of encouragement Kristen wishes she had received when she was struggling most.


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She wanted to die. God had other plans.

Why does my life have to be so painful?
What's wrong with me?
It's not going to get better.
It could all be over soon, and then I won't hurt anymore.

Kristen Anderson thought she had the picture-perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook: three friends and her grandmother died within two years. Still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a seemingly bottomless depression.

One January night, the seventeen-year-old decided she no longer wanted to deal with the emotional pain that smothered her. She lay down on a set of cold railroad tracks and waited for a freight train to send her to heaven…and peace.

But Kristen's story doesn't end there.

In Life, In Spite of Me this remarkably joyful young woman shares the miracle of her survival, the agonizing aftermath of her failed suicide attempt, and the hope that has completely transformed her life, giving her a powerful purpose for living.

Her gripping story of finding joy against all odds provides a vivid and unforgettable reminder that life is a gift to be treasured.

Includes notes of encouragement Kristen wishes she had received when she was struggling most.


From the Hardcover edition.

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Meet the Authors

Kristen Jane Anderson

Kristen Jane Andersonhas been featured onOprahand is a popular speaker at colleges, womenrsquo;s and youth events, churches, and suicide prevention outreaches. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute and the founder of Reaching You Ministries, Kristen seeks to help those who are hurting, hopeless, lost, suicidal and depressed.   Tricia Goyeris the author of three hundred articles for national periodicals, as well as fourteen novels and six nonfiction books, includingBlue Like Play Dough. From the Hardcover edition.

Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer has written hundreds of articles, Bible Study notes, and both fiction and non-fiction books, including From Dust and Ashes, Night Song, Arms of Deliverance, and Generation Next Parenting.

She was named Mount Hermon Christian Writers' Conference "Writer of the Year" in 2003. In 2005, her book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion and her novel Night Song won ACFW's Book of the Year for Long Historical Romance.

In addition to writing, Tricia enjoys sharing Jesus' love through volunteering as a mentor for teenage mothers in her community. She also joins the rest of her family, leading children's church every week, and travels throughout the United States as a speaker, mainly giving presentations to women's groups.

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She wanted to die. God had other plans.

Why does my life have to be so painful?
What's wrong with me?
It's not going to get better.
It could all be over soon, and then I won't hurt anymore.

Kristen Anderson thought she had the picture-perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook: three friends and her grandmother died within two years. Still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a seemingly bottomless depression.

One January night, the seventeen-year-old decided she no longer wanted to deal with the emotional pain that smothered her. She lay down on a set of cold railroad tracks and waited for a freight train to send her to heaven…and peace.

But Kristen's story doesn't end there.

In Life, In Spite of Me this remarkably joyful young woman shares the miracle of her survival, the agonizing aftermath of her failed suicide attempt, and the hope that has completely transformed her life, giving her a powerful purpose for living.

Her gripping story of finding joy against all odds provides a vivid and unforgettable reminder that life is a gift to be treasured.

Includes notes of encouragement Kristen wishes she had received when she was struggling most.


From the Hardcover edition.

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Fascinating biography
3 stars By Hannah, Oct 23 2014
I found this book both easy and difficult to read. The manner in which it was written made me feel as if I were just sitting down chatting with a friend. Because of that, I finished reading it in one sitting. However, the topics it covers - attempted suicide, amputation, depression, broken relationships - are more difficult to hear about. Though I didn't particularly enjoy this book, I am thrilled it's been written because I think many people will benefit from the hope it offers and the knowledge that they are not alone in their struggles - and that God can, and will, use every life for his glory.
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A Moving Autobiography
4 stars By Margot, Oct 11 2012
This is the story of the insidiousness of depression, the power of parental prayer, the completeness of salvation. It is the story of 17 year old Kristen and her failed attempt to destroy her own life. It is proof that God has good plans for us, plans that will come to pass regardless of our attempts to go our own way and do our own thing. It is a story that brings hope to others who may be considering suicide, as Kristen candidly shares what she was thinking and feeling before, during and after her very serious and nearly successful suicide attempt. But it also brings hope to those who have loved ones who attempt suicide  as Kristen pays tribute to her parents, and family for their consistent and unconditional love and support. An inspirational read for everyone!
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  • Catalogue Code 393602
  • Product Code 9781601422538
  • ISBN 1601422539
  • EAN 9781601422538
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Penguin Random House
  • Publication Date May 2010
  • Sales Rank #78979
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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