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Life Inspite of Me by KristenJane Anderson and Tricia Goyer

Kristen Anderson wanted to die---but God had other plans. Recounting her miraculous survival of a suicide attempt in which a train severed her legs, Kristen shares how her newfound faith in God helped her overcome severe depression and shame, as well as the challenges of permanent physical disability. Discover how she found fulfillment serving God!

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.


Image of Tricia GoyerTricia Goyer is the author of twenty books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children's book, 10 Minutes to Showtime. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana.

Image of Kristen Jane Anderson 

Kristen Jane Anderson has been featured on Oprah and is a popular speaker at colleges, women'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.


What an amazing story of tragedy, pain and hopelessness, yet it is filled with grace, forgiveness, God's hand of healing and His peace that passes all understanding.

Tricia has done a excellent job retelling Kristen's story. 

From page one I was hooked. I enjoy reading biographies that sing of God's mercies and miracles. This one has G-O-D written all over it.

I cried as Kristen made the decision to lie down on the train tracks. I cringed as she describes the train passing over her, I rejoiced when she lives and I hurt for her mother as she watched her baby lie helpless in a hospital bed. 

I thanked God as he provided His healing to Kristen in her mind and emotions and I rejoiced as Kristen excepted Christ and the calling he had placed on her life to share her story.

This is a great true story that should be shared! 


 The Legal Stuff: This book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah.

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

This sounds like a great book. I'm familiar with Tricia's work, but Kristen is new to me. It sure seems like she would be a powerful speaker.


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