Learning to Live (ENDED)

We all deal with problems in our lives.

I’m a woman of faith. When my life seems as if it is spinning out of control I look upward for guidance and steering. God has been beyond goo to me. I have been blessed with two children when I didn’t know if I would have any. When my marriage hit a rough patch He was there to deliver us through it, and when we lost our third child it was by His grace that I survived.

Even with all of the wonderful thing God has done in my life, there are times when I lose sight of how wonderful He really is. When I hit this point it’s through the stories of other that draw me closer to God. And no story has awed me more then the story of Kristen Anderson.

Life in Spite of MeIn her book “Life, in Spite of Me,” written with Tricia Goyer, Kristen tells her story. The story of a young girl who finds herself trying ot deal with the loss of three friends and her grandmother in just two years. The story of a girl who finds herself the victim of rape. The story of a girl who dives into a deep and seemingly endless depression.

The story of a seventeen year old girl who doesn’t see a way out and so decided to end her life. She lays down on a set of railroad tracks and wits for her pain to end.

But her story doesn’t end, it just begins.

In her book Kristen talks about her miraculous survival that night and the aftermath she faced and the hope that replaced despair. Kristen’s story is one filled with not just hope, but courage and grace.

It reminds us all that there is truly only one person in charge and through Him we will either be delivered into, from, or through the fire. No matter which it is, He will be there.

This book touched me in such an amazing way. I want you to experience it also. Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah publishing I have two copies of this incredibly inspiring book to giveaway.

Leave a comment telling me where you find your inspiration when having a rough day.

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That’s not all! Tricia Goyer is also holding a special giveaway in honor of this book. For a chance to win a 5 book Tricia Goyer libarary (any 5 books of your choice!) Tweet this:

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*Dislosure: I was given a copy of this book to review as part of the LitFuse Flock. I also received additional copies from the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.*


  1. Stacie Shaver says:

    I find inspiration in quiet times, in reading the bible, in surrounding myself with loved ones who lift me up, celebrate life, and bring me closer to Him.

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  4. Julie L says:

    Quite honestly, I find inspiration when I really pray from my heart to God…when I become quiet within myself with out distracting thoughts

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  8. Amanda C says:

    When I’m having a rough day, I pray to God to help me get through it. My kids also make me smile when I have bad days.

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    I am an e-mail subscriber.

  10. Amanda C says:

    I follow on Google friend connect.

  11. Amanda C says:

    I follow on twitter as frugalmomto4.

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  13. Linda DellaValle says:

    I find my inspiration lisyening to klove(christian) radio.

  14. McKim says:

    I think of my mother, and how much she did to try to hang on to be there with kids and grandkids.

  15. Glogirl says:

    When having a rough day I find my inspiration by reading a devotional book or by reading the Psalms.

  16. Joanne says:

    I find inspiration in my daughter. I know when my days been rough I can sit with her and cuddle her and all of my problems will just melt away with her smile. Life is always better with her…

  17. mindy says:

    in looking at pictures of loved ones that have passed and remembering the things they taught me

  18. Jason says:

    I find inspiration out at the lake. The water has a calming effect


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  23. Ed Nemmers says:

    Running helps me find the answers within!

  24. Christina says:

    Prayer helps, books are often an inspiration, talking with friends and family can help (or not, depending on the issue), and, surprisingly, my pets REALLY help me – I had a very serious and unexpected illness last year from which I’m still recovering and found that the dog I inherited from my mother (that I didn’t want to keep in the city), Birdie, a sweet and intelligent German shepherd Husky mix, sensed my pain and emotions and would come and lick me and lie down next to me and offer comfort constantly, as did my parrots! Who would have guessed! They give love so unconditionally and sometimes that’s all you need to get started, a little love no matter what!

  25. Angela Winesburg says:

    My family, thanks for the chance!

  26. Melanie says:

    My friends, and family.

  27. Kathy Scott says:

    Spending quality time with my boys.

  28. Susan Smith says:

    When I’m having a tough day I talke about it to my husband

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  30. SUSAN SMOAKS says:

    My husband helps me to regroup when i’ve had a rough day!

  31. Nancy S. says:

    Just cuddling to my cat makes me feel better.

  32. Nancy S. says:

    I follow your blog with GFC.

  33. Nancy S. says:

    I follow you on twitter – ncschools.

  34. Veronica Garrett says:

    I find my imagination when I’m having a bad day by thinking about all the wonderful things in the world that I want to experience .

  35. Charlene Kuser says:

    I find my inspiration in nature and God

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    I am a subscriber via email

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