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I am a Christian. I am a loving wife to my Army-National-Guard-Recruiter-Husband of 15 years. I am a stay-at-home-mother to our four handsome sons. I am a photographer. My blog is about as erratic, eclectic and random as I am, painted with rainbows of photos and words that are hills and valleys you travel; so lovely sometimes that they hurt you. These are the stories of how far we've come in the last 15 years as Christians, as a family and as individuals.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Life, In Spite of Me - Blog Tour & Giveaway (you WANT this one!)

This was book was provided for review by:

Tour Dates: May 17-21, 2010


She wanted to die, God had other plans.

Kristen Anderson thought tshe had the picture-perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook:  three friends and her grandmother died within two years.  Still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust.  She soon spiraled into seemingly bottomless depression.

One January night, the seventeen-year-old decided she no longer wanted to deal with the emotional pain that smothered her.  She lay down on a set of cold railroad tracks and waited for a freight train to send her to heaven...and peace.

Miraculously Kristen's story doesn't end there.

In Life, In Spite of me this remarkably joyful young woman shares the miracle of her survival, the angonizing aftermath of her failed suicide attempt, and the hope that has completely transformed her life, giving her powerful purpose for living.

Her gripping story of finding joy against all odds provides a vivid and unforgetable reminder that life is a gift to be treasured.

My Review: 

 This is an extroaordinary reminder that even when we give up on ourselves, God never gives up on us!  This true story of the suicide attempt made by Kristen Anderson is very deep and disturbing.  I have never understood how or why a person would revert to taking one's own life as a solution to their problems but this book helped explain some things I never considered.  I've never suffered from depression and in Kristen's story depression plays a significant role in her attempt.  This is a powerful story of the amazing grace of God and how His plans will always prevail! Packed full of tragedy, loss and violence as well as love, redemption and survival, you will laugh and cry as you read Kristen's compelling testimony of a girl on the verge. A girl on the verge of womanhood, of death, of eternal damnation, a girl who's survival was no accident.


To win your own copy of this book, simply post a comment to this blog entry (if reading from Face Book, please click the link; it will take you to BlogSpot to post your comment to enter the drawing). One entry per person, please; > if you are a "follower" to my blogspot or become a "follower", you can submit a second comment stating that you follow or you're a new follower and you will double your chances of winning! < must enter by May 26, 2010
 The winner will be revealed May 29, 2010 so be sure to visit my blog again to find out if you won! –Good luck! If you are not the lucky winner or just can't wait to find out, click this link to purchase this book!

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Ash said...

oooh, sounds like a good one!

Ash said...

ps I'm a follower :)

Anonymous said...

wow ! I had a friend that killed herself with a gun two years ago last saturday . I guess she felt it was the only way out . I miss her !!!

Diane said...

Oohhh! It sounds like one that I would LOVE to sink into! I am a follower, as you know and would love to read this book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Diane said...

As a follower to your blog (not only the book reviews) I must say I enjoy all that you blog about. I am very interested in reading this book.

Me and Mine said...

I am a follower and I am looking forward to reading this book!

April said...

I always tought that reading made people more knowledgeable. This book seems like it would have lots of interesting information that could be helpful to someone else whose life cross my path. You just never know why certain things seem to draw you in. There ia a reason for everything. I am excited to read this book.

Jennifer H. said...

Yes, God's plan for us prevails always! This young girl suffered so much and yet has so much more than she suffered to offer others. Seems like her life story would be a great read and a firm reminder of the Faith Go has in us, His children.

p.s. You have an amazing talent to blog! <3

Jennifer H. said...

make that "Faith God has in us...." keyboard tricked me ;)

Jena said...

I love to read and this sounds like a very uplifting read. Would love to win this.

Jena said...

I am also a follower.

The Path Traveled said...

I am a follower of your wonderful blog, always a joy to read!

The Path Traveled said...

And like your post being great to always read, I bet the book will also be great!!!

Anonymous said...

I can't follow officially because I don't have a blog of my own but I follow! Does that count?