Monday, May 17, 2010

Life In Spite of Me -- What I'm Reading

Hope. It is part of the essence of what keeps us going. Without hope, sometimes it seems like there is no reason to go on.

I recently read Life In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson. It is subtitled "Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice." Yes, it was the subtitle that drew me in. As someone who at time has struggled with hopelessness, the theme of hope is one that I am drawn to.

Kristen was an ordinary teen, but in high school she began dealing with some big issues. One night, she made the impulsive decision to end her life. But God had other plans. While her attempt would forever alter her life, leaving her with a physical disability, Life in Spite of Me details how God was at work and how Kristen is letting God use her.

The story is compelling. I found myself routing for Kristen. However, it is probably geared for for teens and college age more than older adults. It would make a good book for a youth group to read and discuss.

The book can be purchased at

Here's a video link you might find interesting.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah publishing Group.


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