Life in Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson and Tricia Goyer

Leah Courtney

Kristen's story, told by herself and author Tricia Goyer, is a story of pain and heartache, a story of extreme desperation, and yet a story of hope.  Kristen shares with readers the pain that led her to attempt suicide by throwing herself in front of an oncoming train.  She relates the struggles that ensue as she learns to cope with her life despite handicaps.  And, ultimately, she shares the hope and joy she has found through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Memoirs are one of the genres that I really wasn't aware that I enjoyed until last year.  But, in my readings last year, I discovered several that were really good reads.  Kristen's story is another.  There are times when it is dark and difficult to read.  But, her honesty about her desperate feelings will resonate with readers.  The joy that is evident through her new life in Christ will bring hope to the despairing.  And her encouragement without being preachy ensures readers that she has been through the hard times and has come out whole- and wholly alive in Christ.

I thoroughly enjoyed Life, In Spite of Me.  It was touching and encouraging and seemed very "real."  I'd give it a good 4 stars.  I'm not sure how appropriate it would be for some readers because of the despairing things Kristen faces, so I'd give it a PG rating.

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes from Waterbrook Press.  All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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