She had wanted to die. God had other plans. Overwhelmed by wave after wave of emotional trauma, Kristen Anderson no longer wanted to live. One January night, determined to end her pain once and for all, the seventeen-year-old lay across train tracks not far from her home and waited to die. Instead of peace, she found herself immersed in a whole new nightmare. Before the engineer could bring the train to a stop, thirty-three freight cars passed over her at fifty-five miles per hour. After the train stopped and Kristen realized she was still alive, she looked around—and saw her legs ten feet away. Surviving her suicide attempt but losing her legs launched Kristen into an even deeper battle with depression and suicidal thoughts, as well as unrelenting physical pain — all from the seat of a wheelchair. But in the midst of her darkest days, Kristen discovered the way to real life and a purpose for living.
For anyone struggling to find the strength to go on, the message of this heart-wrenching yet hope-building book is a clear and extraordinary reminder that even when we give up on life, God doesn’t give up on us.
This book has been a lifeline to so many people struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. She’s suffered those same dark thoughts. Her life appeared messy, shameful and meaningless. No-one could explain to her how to cope. Everything became numb. Kristen unfolds her life story, the pain, the shocks, the questions, a seemingly bleak future ….and the wonderful hope she discovered that changed her life around. Kristen does not romanticise the darkness, but she does include things she’d wished she’d known to help her through. She includes them in her story for you.
Includes notes of encouragement from Kristen and resources for suicide prevention.
Kristen Anderson is the founder of Reaching You Ministries, seeking to help those who are hurting, lost, suicidal or depressed.
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