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Life, in spite of me : extraordinary hope after a fatal choice

Author: Kristen Jane Anderson; Tricia Goyer
Publisher: Colorado Springs, Colo. : Multnomah Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This is a story of life beyond despair and hope that triumphs over tragedy. Kristen Anderson thought she 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 a seemingly bottomless depression. One January night, the seventeen year  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Kristen Jane Anderson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kristen Jane Anderson; Tricia Goyer
ISBN: 9781601422521 1601422520 9781601422538 1601422539
OCLC Number: 436030249
Description: xi, 209 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: A letter to the reader --
Just let me die --
It wasn't supposed to turn out this way --
Carefree no more --
What's wrong with this world? --
Small and powerless --
I could never do it that way --
Failing at life --
Gounded until further notice --
Kind words and new questions --
Settling in for the long haul --
The psych ward --
Facing new challenges --
A new reality --
A second chance --
Trying to remember --
One step at a time --
Conviction and choice --
I can't do this alone --
Here for a reason --
Faith and forgiveness --
Overwhelming gratitude --
Ways I never imagined --
Extraordinary hope.
Responsibility: Kristen Jane Anderson, with Tricia Goyer.

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This is a story of life beyond despair and hope that triumphs over tragedy. Kristen Anderson thought she 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 a 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. But Kristen's story doesn't end there. In this book, this young woman shares the miracle of her survival, the agonizing aftermath of her failed suicide attempt, and the hope that has completely transformed her life, giving her a powerful purpose for living. Her gripping story of finding joy against all odds provides a reminder that life is a gift to be treasured. This book includes notes of encouragement Kristen wishes she had received when she was struggling most.

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