Life, in Spite of Me: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice
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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! 224 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1601423829
ISBN-13: 9781601423825

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Publisher's Description

She wanted to die. God had other plans.

Overwhelmed by wave after wave of emotional trauma, Kristen Anderson no longer wanted to live. One January night, determined to end her pain once and for all, the seventeen-year-old lay across train tracks not far from her home and waited to die.
 
Instead of peace, she found herself immersed in a whole new nightmare.
 
Before the engineer could bring the train to a stop, thirty-three freight cars passed over her at fifty-five miles per hour. After the train stopped and Kristen realized she was still alive, she looked around—and saw her legs ten feet away.
 
Surviving her suicide attempt but losing her legs launched Kristen into an even deeper battle with depression and suicidal thoughts, as well as unrelenting physical pain—all from the seat of a wheelchair. But in the midst of her darkest days, Kristen discovered the way to real life and a purpose for living.
 
For anyone struggling to find the strength to go on, the message of this heart-wrenching yet hope-building book is a clear and extraordinary reminder that even when we give up on life, God doesn’t give up on us. 
 
Includes notes of encouragement from Kristen and resources for suicide prevention.

Author Bio

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, or depressed.

Tricia Goyer
 is the author of three hundred articles for national periodicals, as well as many novels and several nonfiction books, including Blue Like Play Dough.

Endorsements

"Life, In Spite of Me is a remarkable story of life beyond despair and hope that triumphs over tragedy." -Louie Giglio, pastor, Passion City Church/The Passion Movement

"Suicide is a liar and a thief. It promises peace to those who are escaping but delivers unimaginable pain and rejection to those left behind. Kristin Jane Anderson's riveting story unmasks the thief and gives hope a face." -Dr. Dennis Rainey, president, FamilyLife Ministries

"When I first met Kristen, I was overwhelmed with her smile, and then I saw her wheelchair. It was a defining moment for me. I had not heard her story or why she'd ended up at Moody. But it was her smile--and it is still her smile--that dismantles me. Kristen has something. It is something otherworldly. She had every reason to die, but now she has every reason to live. I hope you'll read her story, see her smile, and know why she lives." -Michael Easley, former president, Moody Bible Institute

"Kristen's story is a great example of what a big Gog and the resilient human spirit can accomplish. Life, In Spite of Me is a must-read for anyone who struggles with self-doubt or insecurity. I have no question God will use Kristen to transform many lives." -Trent Dilfer, Super Bowl XXXV champion quarterback and TV sports analyst

"Kristen's endearing personality and piercing vulnerability drew me in from the first page to the last. If you're in a pit of despair, this book will give you the strength to hold one. By giving voice to her struggles, Kristen shows that you are not alone and there is a God who sees and will not waste any of your pain. This book is going to save lives." -Nicol Sponberg, singer, songwriter, and former member of the Dove award-winning trio Selah

"From the first time I met Kristen, I knew she was an amazing young lady. As a fellow double amputee, I understand the difficulties she faces every day. Kristen lives with relentless joy and contagious optimism. Her story will infuse you with hope and a passion for life." -Ron Santo, Chicago Cubs nine-time All-Star third baseman and radio broadcaster

"Kristen is a trustworthy guide through the difficult issues of depression, facing one's own choices, self-forgiveness, and discovering authentic faith. Her recovery isn't a mountaintop experience others are incapable of having, but a real story of perseverance through fear, setbacks, and disappointments. She is an honest and credible teacher for all of us." -Dr. JoAnn Nishimoto, clinical psychologist

"An incredible heart-wrenching story about an incredible God who is always there, however dark it is, and how--standing in the shadows--he saved, healed, and restored his daughter to become a healing agent in a hurting world. A must read." -Jill P. Briscoe, author and speaker

Editorial Reviews

"Life, In Spite of Me is a remarkable story of life beyond despair and hope that triumphs over tragedy." 
   —Louie Giglio, pastor, Passion City Church/The Passion Movement

"Suicide is a liar and a thief. It promises peace to those who are escaping but delivers unimaginable pain and rejection to those left behind. Kristen Jane Anderson’s riveting story unmasks the thief and gives hope a face."
   —Dr. Dennis Rainey, president, FamilyLife Ministries

"When I first met Kristen, I was overwhelmed with her smile, and then I saw her wheelchair. It was a defining moment for me. I had not heard her story or why she’d ended up at Moody. But it was her smile—and it is still her smile—that dismantles me. Kristen has something. It is something otherworldly. She had every reason to die, but now she has every reason to live. I hope you’ll read her story, see her smile, and know why she lives."
   —Michael Easley, former president, Moody Bible Institute

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