Life, in Spite of Me: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice (Paperback)

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She wanted to die. God had other plans.
Overwhelmed by wave after wave of emotional trauma, Kristen Anderson no longer wanted to live. One January night, determined to end her pain once and for all, the seventeen-year-old lay across train tracks not far from her home and waited to die.
Instead of peace, she found herself immersed in a whole new nightmare.
Before the engineer could bring the train to a stop, thirty-three freight cars passed over her at fifty-five miles per hour. After the train stopped and Kristen realized she was still alive, she looked around and saw her legs ten feet away.
Surviving her suicide attempt but losing her legs launched Kristen into an even deeper battle with depression and suicidal thoughts, as well as unrelenting physical pain all from the seat of a wheelchair. But in the midst of her darkest days, Kristen discovered the way to real life and a purpose for living.
For anyone struggling to find the strength to go on, the message of this heart-wrenching yet hope-building book is a clear and extraordinary reminder that even when we give up on life, God doesn t give up on us.
"Includes notes of encouragement from Kristen and resources for suicide prevention.

About the Author

Tricia Goyer is the author of 35 books, including the Big Sky and Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Amish series. She has won ACFW s Carol Award twice, and is a Christy Award and Gold Medallion Award finalist. Tricia is currently writing three more Amish stories and One Year of Amish Peace. Tricia s Amish novels have made the ECPA and USA Today Bestsellers list. Tricia and her husband, John, live in Little Rock, Arkansas, where John works for FamilyLife. They have four children and are currently in the process of adopting two more. You can find out more about Tricia at or

Praise For…

Life, In Spite of Me is a remarkable story of life beyond despair and hope that triumphs over tragedy.” 
   —Louie Giglio, pastor, Passion City Church/The Passion Movement

“Suicide is a liar and a thief. It promises peace to those who are escaping but delivers unimaginable pain and rejection to those left behind. Kristen Jane Anderson’s riveting story unmasks the thief and gives hope a face.”
   —Dr. Dennis Rainey, president, FamilyLife Ministries

“When I first met Kristen, I was overwhelmed with her smile, and then I saw her wheelchair. It was a defining moment for me. I had not heard her story or why she’d ended up at Moody. But it was her smile—and it is still her smile—that dismantles me. Kristen has something. It is something otherworldly. She had every reason to die, but now she has every reason to live. I hope you’ll read her story, see her smile, and know why she lives.”
   —Michael Easley, former president, Moody Bible Institute

Product Details
ISBN: 9781601423825
ISBN-10: 1601423829
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: May 17th, 2011
Pages: 209
Language: English