Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson with Tricia Goyer
Every now and then a book harnesses the power of words in a way that makes you believe language was invented for the sheer purpose of this story. Some words reach out past the confines of pages and print that hold other words back. Some words open the palms of their hands to release a fragile winged thing we know as hope. Some words reveal the scars on the way to healing and show that there is beauty in brokenness and value and purpose in life, especially when we least see it. This book is such a book.
Kristen Anderson chose death. She lay across the train tracks waiting to leave pain behind. And she was given life.
This is the story of how she found the gift in her living.
I can't say it better than Kristen herself,
"To anyone who has ever questioned the point of life or wondered why you're alive, and to those who want to help the hurting. This book is for you."
I read this book in three hours straight. You won't want to put it down either. If you've ever questioned the point of memoir or the power inherent in sharing our stories, exposing the dark to the light, then take a gamble on this book. When I was walking through the graveyard of my life, many people around me told me they did not know how to help. They did not know what to do. This book is what to do. Have it on your bookshelf. And offer it out freely to every bleeding soul you meet. Connect. Be the person who says,
"Here is the story of someone who found hope. Do you want to read it?"
You never know how your words may matter.
And if you are reading this right now feeling nothing but a void around you, profoundly alone, then Kristen has this to say to you, "Suicide is never the answer. There is too much to live for. Keep fighting. Please don't give up. Reach out for help. you won't regret it... God has an amazing plan for your life, even if you don't have a plan for yourself. He has hope, even if you don't have hope for yourself. He loves you immensely, even when you don't love yourself. He see beauty in you, even when all you see is a mess."
There is help for hurting lives. I would not say it if it were not true.
Kristen's book is available from amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Life-Spite-Me-Extraordinary-Choice/dp/1601422520www.amazon.com/)
And because I believe in the book I am going to buy another copy and give it away to someone who reads this blog. If you want to win a copy please leave me a comment in comments section of this post, or email me at tab[at]zaeya[dot]com and tell me why you want to own this book.