“I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.”- Psalm 138:2

Monday, July 12, 2010

Life, In Spite of Me ~ Kristen Jane Anderson

Kristen is a teenager going through depression and attempts to commit suicide by laying on the train tracks. She survives and ends up with both legs being amputated, leaving her with a whole new perspective on life with a “new normal” for everyday living. Kristen tells her story of depression, teenage society issues, rape, suicide attempt and faith.

The first chapter of this book describes the accident, then goes back to Kristen’s childhood and family issues, then flips back to after the accident. Kristen doesn’t go in depth of her cause for depression nor her counseling sessions. She does take you on a journey of faith, knowing Jesus and a lesson of how GOD controls life.

I choose to read this book because of the cover description for dealing with depression. I thought this book was going to be more depth and advanced; Kristen does make you realize that suicide is not the answer.

The beginning of the book was a little slow but once you get into 1/3 of the book it becomes very interesting and I couldn’t put the book down. If you are looking for a light summer read or a rainy afternoon book then this for you. I recommend all teenagers to defiantly read this book. If you are looking for a self help and counseling book then this is not for you. Once, I got pass the disappointment of it being a lighter read then what I thought, it was a really great and encouraging book. I totally enjoyed the faith, encouragement and truth of GOD's word in this book. (This book was borrowed from Sharon)