Throughout the book, Kristen tells her story of severe depression, of going to psychiatrists and counselors, taking antidepressants, partying, and so forth. But nothing could take away the deep pain inside. One night, she decided to end it all, and laid down on some train tracks. Her suicide attempt was unsuccessful, but now she would have to face life without two very important members of her body. Her legs.
After her suicide attempt, she faced many struggles, and still faced depression. However, she found Christ as a result of this horrible event. I don't want to spoil things for you, but the book has a very happy ending.
Kristen now operates a ministry for hurting, hopeless, lost, suicidal and depressed among us. Her ministry is a miracle in itself, and is called, "Reaching You". You can visit the organization's web page here.
In truth, I had a hard time reading this book, because of personal struggles I have faced in life. Kristen's story encouraged me so much, and I'm glad she decided to write this book. I would not recommend it for a younger audience, simply because one of the struggles Kristen faced was rape, as well as the overall suicide/ depression story line may be too mature for younger tweens.
"Life In Spite Of Me" is one of the best nonfiction books I have ever read. I highly recommend it!
I received this book in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed in this review are solely mine.