Monday, March 7, 2011

Life, in Spite of Me: A Book Review

I mentioned this when I did my first review about a month ago, but sometime before Christmas, I joined a program called Blogging for Books through the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing group. It is a great program! Basically, I get free books just by reviewing them on my blog. If you like to read, you should sign up!

For my second book I chose Life, in Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson, with Tricia Goyer. This book sounded very interesting to me just by the description on the back cover: "She wanted to die; God had other plans."

The book had me hooked from the very first page. It is Kristen's story, chronicling her life before and after her failed suicide attempt at just 17 years old. Her story is unbelievable and miraculous, and simply reading it has strengthened my faith.

We see a dramatic transformation in Kristen's life during the book, which is my favorite part. She changes form a young woman who thought all hope was lost and life wasn't worth living into a woman who found her hope in the Lord and saw amazing things happen because of it. Truly inspirational.

The only little complaint I have is that I thought the book was too short! I would have liked to read more details about Kristen's story. It felt like a brief summary of the events leading up to and following her accident. I would have loved something a little more in depth!

That being said, it was an excellent book, and a very easy read. It helped me to reexamine my faith in God: that He can do the impossible. It also reminded me that God has amazing plans in store for all of us. This book has the potential to change lives, so I highly recommend it.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this Review. All opinions are my own.


  1. I saw her clip on You Tube from Oprah. Wow! Sounds like a wonderful read!


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