Life, In Spite of Me: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice


Struggling with depression, Kristen Anderson acted impulsively. Depression coupled with impulsivity is often lethal. It could have been so for Kristen…but she didn’t die. She just lost both of her legs. She thought she had problems before that winter night. Waking up in intensive care, she wishes her suicide attempt had succeeded. Friends and family tell her, “You’re alive for a reason.”  She struggles to find how that can be the case.

Kristen gets professional help, goes on anti-depressants and chooses to harness her strong will to overcome her newfound disability. Still, it just isn’t enough. She becomes a Christian. She still struggles. Slowly, and by His grace, she comes to realize that she does have a purpose and that she indeed is alive for a reason. Through her growing faith and personal relationship with Christ, Kristen finds the strength to be victorious over depression.

Kristen’s is a powerful testimony to the healing power of God. Moreover, it is a strikingly well-written look into the mind of a depressed teenager. Kristen came from an intact, loving family. They attended church together. She was a good student. She had friends and parents that cared about her. Somehow she still felt that she was a failure and a disappointment. Depression is an ugly disease. It truly distorts one’s view of the world, their circumstances and their worth. It steals hope. In Christ, there is hope and healing…even for depression.

**Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” **

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