Anderson, Kristen. Life, In Spite of Me. Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah, 2010.
Kristen was in high school, living the American dream, when her life fell apart. Three of her friends died, she lost a family member, and she was raped. She rapidly sank into depression and decided to end her life. God intervened, and Kristen lived to learn of His love for her and His plan for her life.
I appreciated Kristen's honesty in describing the difficulties she faced. I admire her courage in telling her story, not just to those who knew her, but to complete strangers. I am glad that God has saved her and is using her story to help others. God doesn't waste pain.
If you work with teens, this book should be on your shelf.