What a great title for a book, eh? And the subtitle: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice. Wow.
I’ll tell you what. This book was hard to read. But I’m glad I read it.
The premise? Seventeen-year-old Kristen can’t take another minute of the emotional pain in her life. Suicide seems like her only option.
I know this is an awful question to ask, but I also know it’s not that far-fetched. Have you ever thought about how you would kill yourself if you decided you couldn’t face life any longer? Pills? Gun? A rope?
When I was in high school, a girl on my basketball team tried to commit suicide (pills) and it didn’t work. The second time she tried, it did.
A friend’s brother shot himself.
Horrifying. Sad. So, so sad.
But Kristen? In the book? She laid down on railroad tracks. When a train was coming.
And she lived. Her legs were completely severed from her body, but she lived.
I spent the rest of the book wrestling with God’s miraculous rescue of her life and the bang-your-head-against-the-wall WHY DID YOU HAVE TO GO AND DO THAT?! Your legs are gone. They didn’t have to be. Why did you do that? Why?? WHY??
Yet, God has a plan. What Kristen intended for death, God used (and is using) to bring her more life than she ever had before. Unbelievable. But true.
And if you happen to collect cornflower blue books, you’ll be happy to know that the spine is the most delightful shade of it.
p.s. Once again, I received a free copy of the book from the publisher, but no $ or other fun prizes, and the words in this review came right out of my very own head.