What would lead a 17 year old to desire death over life? What would drive her to lie down on a railroad track while a freight train was barreling toward her with no chance of stopping?
In Life, In Spite of Me, Kristen candidly shares her suicide attempt and all the events that led up to it. She grew up in an all-American family with a care-free childhood surrounded by a great family until... her grandmother died, 4 friends died (1 by suicide), and she was raped by a trusted friend. Depression and a single suicidal thought crept in.
With depression and suicide becoming more prevalent in our teenagers, this is a must read book. Throughout the book, she writes encouraging notes to the reader - things she wished she had known or hoped someone would have shared with her when she was struggling the most. Her story is an inspiration to anyone who has, or is, battling depression or suicidal thoughts. There is life.... LIFE in CHRIST... even after desiring death. God will bring beauty out of the ashes of our lives if we only let him guide us. He had plans to use her and will continue to use her and her story to reach out to many suffering in silence.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
"He reached down from heaven and rescued me;
He drew me out of deep water.
He led me to a place of safety;
He rescued me because He delights in me."
~ Psalm 18.16, 19
This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group's Blogging for Books Program.