Review of Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson with Tricia Goyer


Genre: Autobiography/Inspirational


Kristen Anderson attempted suicide by lying on the tracks in front of a moving train. She was run over by 33 freight train cars going 55 miles per hour, yet survived–losing only her legs (and eight pints of blood). She shouldn’t be alive, but God protected her, then wooed her into a life with Him.

This is a really remarkable story! Kristen shares the deep pain she felt leading to her decision to take her life, the details of the accident and aftermath, and the process she went through to discover God and her calling. She had been told by most of her family and friends that had she succeeded in killing herself she would be in heaven. But one women told her otherwise–maybe not as tactfully as she could have–which caused Kristen to consider deeply her salvation and what it means to be saved. She realized that, in fact, she was not a Christian and that going to church was not enough. I love the way she walks readers through her discovery and personal decision to follow Jesus, and her honesty in sharing her struggles and sanctification process shortly after making that important decision.

Kristen now heads a non-profit, Reaching You Ministries, which focuses on touching those who are going through similar hurts that she experienced (especially depression and suicide). I recommend Life, In Spite of Me to teens or adults who struggle with depression and suicidal tendencies or who want to help a loved one through these struggles to freedom in Christ.

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from WaterBrook Multnomah.