Life in Spite of Me tells the true story of Kristen Jane Anderson, and the deep depression she found herself facing. After witnessing deaths, being the victim of suicide, and finding her grades and relationship with her family slipping, she decided her life would be better off if it was over. One night, as a train was passing the playground she was sitting in, she decided to end her life by laying on the tracks. Little did she know that the accident that took her legs was actually the beginning of her new life; a life focused on God.
Although I have never struggled with depression, I felt empathy for Kristen throughout the book. Everyone has felt lost at some point in their lives, and this feeling was something she didn’t know how to deal with. She made the most of her situation, and through her struggles and difficulties she founded a ministry that helps people who may be going through similar situations. Her strength and ability to grow in her faith after her suicide attempt are an important story for people to read. It shows that through God, and through bringing all of your struggles to him, even the most difficult circumstances can be overcome.
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