A special post from Tricia Goyer:
Friends, I am so excited to share this news with you: Life, In Spite of Me has the chance to become a feature film! It's the true story I wrote with Kristen Jane Anderson about her life, and boy, is this story amazing. Here's a bit about the book:
After her fatal choice . . . extraordinary hope. Kristen Anderson thought she had the picture perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook on life. Once a happy child, Kristen’s world darkened after 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 depression that didn’t seem to have a bottom.
One January night, the seventeen-year-old made a decision: 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. Amazingly, Kristen survived her suicide attempt… but the 33 freight cars that ran over her severed her legs.
Now she not only had to deal with depression; she also had to face the physical pain and life without legs. But Kristen’s story didn’t end there. After her darkest days Kristen discovered a real purpose for living. In her compelling book Life, In Spite of Me, Kristen shares her journey from despair to hope. Includes letters from Kristen that share messages she wishes someone would have told her—when she was depressed and struggling with loss, shame from sexual abuse, and suicidal thoughts.Kristen's story and the message of hope it conveys have the chance to reach thousands of people, but only with your help. My friends at Storehouse Media are producing the film, and in order to begin the process, they need to raise $99,990 by November 15. That's why they've started this Kickstarter! If you decide to fund this project, you'll also get a few perks! Visit this page to get all the details about the Kickstarter! I'd be honored and blessed by your help!
Kristen and I wrote her book Life, In Spite of Me a few years ago, and God has done some wonderful things in her life! She's gotten married and has a sweet baby boy. God continues to redeem her life.
The hope of all involved in this project is that we can reach those who are hurting and may be facing depression themselves. Sadly, suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans a year. Below are some suicide warning signs--if you know someone who may be hurting, please don't wait to reach out to them or talk to someone who may be able to help!
- appearing depressed or sad most of the time
- having no hope for the future
- feeling hopeless, helpless, worthless, or trapped in a situation, and having excessive guilt or shame
- talking or writing about death or suicide
- withdrawing from family or friends
- acting recklessly or impulsively
- a change in personality, sleeping, or eating habits
- decreased interest in most activities
- dramatic mood changes
- giving away prized possessions