This is Kristen. She is so joyful now!
As I sit down to write the review of this next book, I can’t help but look at the message of today, Good Friday. Jesus willingly gave up his life for us. That was a suicide mission. Only He was capable of completing His mission. When He died, He said “It is finished.”
Reviewing >”Life, In Spite of Me“ by Kristen Jane Anderson, shows the differences between the author’s suicide attempt and the sacrifice Jesus made in giving up His life.
Kristen hated some things about her life and about her self. She decided to end her life by laying down on the tracks in front of an approaching train. Jesus loved us more than His own life. He laid down His life on a cross to save us. God also chose to save Kristen.
Both actions changed lives!
I will forever be grateful for Jesus dying to redeem our lives and wash away all our sins. Kristen’s suicide attempt failed to take her life, but her action still changed her entire life. It changed the lives of her family and all the kids she helps through her charity, >Reaching You Ministries. The purpose of her ministry is to prevent other kids from committing suicide.
After the train ran over her, Kristen’s life turned completely around. She repented of her old life and changed it for a better life. Her new life includes Christ, and thousands of people she helps through her book, her ministry, and her speeches.
This is the message Kristen shares now — “Please don’t give up. You are not alone. There is a God who made you, and he’s not as far away as you may think. He is always near. Wherever you go, whatever you do, he will be with you. He loves you, and he wants to comfort you, heal the hurt in your heart and carry you through this life. Let him in. God has an amazing plan for your life, even if you don’t have a plan for yourself… Suicide is never the answer.”
God saved Kristen, because He had a plan for her. She would have died, but God intervened with a miracle. It was hard for Kristen to adjust to a life disabled, but she now lives joyfully. She was baptized, she started her charity, wrote this book, and started speaking to groups. Now she wants to share what she learned — that we are loved.
We are all loved by God!
This book is good for anyone 13 and over to read. It can provide answers to kids and to their parents. There are better options than suicide. There are some signs that can warn you that someone is thinking about suicide. If you are contemplating suicide (or know someone who is), or cutting, or drugs, or other ways of hurting yourself, please ask your parents for help, or your school counselor, or go to Kristen’s website for her charity –>Reaching You Ministries.
This is a great book, because Kristen tells her story with honesty. She knows she made mistakes. She knows that God is making a new life for her. She wants to share her story to help other kids. I am glad I read her story. It has helped me better understand why someone would consider suicide. This life is hard, but Jesus came to make it easier, by loving us. Don’t dismiss Him. Seek Him. Life is better with Jesus in your heart and mind, than any other way possible.