Life, In Spite Of Me

After almost 5 years of living out here in Los Angeles, God has so clearly put on my heart that I am here to use my love of film and acting to bring important messages to our culture. A while ago, I was absolutely honored and blessed to portray Kristen Jane Anderson in the movie trailer shoot for the upcoming film, “Life, In Spite Of Me.” We all know someone who has been hurt, broken, lost, and unfortunately, too many of us closely know someone who has committed suicide. This true story is life changing, and you can help get involved.

Just a high school student, Kristen Jane Anderson, thought she had the picture-perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook: three close friends and her grandmother died within two years. Then, still reeling from these losses, she was date-raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a seemingly bottomless depression.

Why does my life have to be so painful?

What’s wrong with me?

It’s not going to get better.

It could all be over soon, and then I won’t hurt anymore.

One January night, 17 year old Kristen, decided she no longer could nor wanted to deal with the emotional pain that smothered her. She jumped in front of an oncoming freight train, ready to die and believing she would be sent to heaven…to peace.


However, Kristen’s story doesn’t end there.

In “Life, In Spite of Me”, this remarkably joyful young woman shares the miracle of her survival, how she felt hands holding her down on the tracks-saving her life, and the overwhelming sound of the song “Amazing Grace” comforting her as she lay on the ground. Kristen describes the agonizing aftermath of her failed suicide attempt leaving her without her legs, and the journey of her hope in God which has completely transformed her life, giving her a powerful purpose for living.

Her gripping story of finding joy against all odds provides a vivid and unforgettable reminder that life is a gift to be treasured. Her encounters with several pivotal people after her suicide attempt lead her to the truth of God’s saving grace in her life and radically change her outlook for good.

For everyone who has ever struggled…
For everyone who has even felt alone…
For everyone who has ever been depressed…
For everyone who has ever been lost…
This incredible story is for you.

This is a life changing story of hope and redemption…the overwhelming truth from God and the message that He can make all things new. These song lyrics truly hit home for me and remind me that none of us are exempt from feeling alone in this world:

“All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us”

God wants to set us free from our pain and turn our struggles into something beautiful. Guy & Amber Lia are absolutely incredible and faithful people for listening to God and bringing this truly powerful and crucial message to each of us.

Click this link to view the powerful trailer that I was so blessed to be the actress in, and get involved in helping make the film possible by making a donation to the Kickstarter campaign.

Please share this article today to remind everyone in your life that they are beautiful to God, and that they are never too lost or too far gone for His grace and redemption. Spread the message…you never know who is quietly hurting on the inside, desperately in need of the truth.

One thought on “Life, In Spite Of Me

  1. Thank you, Rachael, for this wonderful post and for understanding how important it is to encourage those who are overwhelmed with pain. Your role in this project is a huge blessing!!

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