Saturday, May 22, 2010

life, in spite of me: book review and giveaway

About This Book
She wanted to die.

God had other plans.

Why does my life have to be so painful?
What’s wrong with me?
It’s not going to get better.
It could all be over soon, and then I won’t hurt anymore.

Kristen Anderson thought she had the picture-perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook: three friends and her grandmother died within two years. Still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a seemingly bottomless depression.

One January night, the seventeen-year-old decided she no longer wanted to deal with the emotional pain that smothered her. She lay down on a set of cold railroad tracks and waited for a freight train to send her to heaven…and peace.

But Kristen's story doesn’t end there. In Life, In Spite of Me this remarkably joyful young woman shares the miracle of her survival, the agonizing aftermath of her failed suicide attempt, and the hope that has completely transformed her life, giving her a powerful purpose for living. Her gripping story of finding joy against all odds provides a vivid and unforgettable reminder that life is a gift to be treasured.

Includes notes of encouragement Kristen wishes she had received when she was struggling most.
My Review
What an incredible story of grace, hope, second chances and renewed faith. Kristen nad Tricia do an amazing job of telling Kristen's story in a very engaging manner. The story kept me wanting to read more and I actually finished the book in one day. I really enjoyed this story and found myself nodding along in understanding at some points. Kristen was really blessed with a second chance at life and she did amazing things to further God's kingdom with her second chance. This is a wonderful story for people who are struggling and others who may know someone who is struggling with certain issues. This is a great book of encouragement, hope and second chances, a great read for anyone.

Read More
You can read a excerpt of the book here.
You can check out a video here

You can purchase this book here for $19.99

Win This Book
You can win this book simply by posting a comment on this post.
Leave your name and email address so I can contact you if you win!
I will pick a winner on Thursday June 3rd and announce the winner on June 4th.

This book and the giveaway copy were provided to me free of charge by WaterBrook Multnomah


jimandafleming said...

It sounds like a great book!

April V said...

I would love to read this book!! Thanks so much for the great giveaway!! :)

Rachel Hill said...

sounds like an interesting book...

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

what a great topic for teens and adults I had struggles with this over the years. I would love to win..I am your newest follower and my email is

Mikaela said...

ok, so that sounds like a perfect book to read to deal with those we serve and love through these kinds of moments on a daily basis sometimes. Hugs--Mikaela

Casey said...

Excellent review-I'd love to read it!

Missy said...

Sounds like just the book I need to read after my blog post yesterday.

Lanie said...

Oh,I want to read this! :)

Dana said...

sounds like a good one to read. I would love to have it.

Absolutely Positive said...

This book sounds awesome. I look forward to reading it. Or winning it! Either way!!

LOVE your blog!! ESPECIALLY your photos on your header...adorable!! I am your newest follower! Have a fun and friendly Friday! :-)