Like most teenagers, Kristen made poor choices. Her choices led to feelings of despair and failure that ultimately led to her attempting suicide and failing. Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Anderson is a story about second chances. God gave Kristen a second chance and restored her ability to live fully. Despite her struggles, God guided her to not only overcome her medical diagnoses but physical and mental shortcomings. Kristen’s life now centered around Christ has allowed her to achieve goals and be a symbol of hope for teens in similar circumstances.
Kristen’s story brought me back to my teenage life and the hardship that I personally endured. As a teenager, I struggled with depression and feelings of inadequacy. I tried to fill the void with a variety of different things and always felt let down. It was not until I fully surrendered my life to Christ that I was able to change.
Similarly, Kristen had to change her way of living in order to lead the life God called for her. Throughout the book, she talks openly about not only her struggles but the positive forces in her life that helped lead her to an intimate relationship with Christ. Her family and friends helped guide her towards a life that was “clean, forgiven, new.” A life that was dedicated to following God and helping others.
One of the most powerful ways she connected with her reader was by inserting encouraging scriptures and little notes throughout the book. The notes showed the pureness of her heart. She presented the reader with the opportunity to dig a little deeper and reflect on their own circumstance.
This story is precious in every way and would be excellent for any teenager or young adult struggling to find their way. There is hope in the Lord and Kristen’s inspiring story leaves you feeling refreshed and reminded of the miracle of life.
**WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided this book to me for free in exchange for this honest review as part of their Blogging for Books program. **