why I tried to die

Throughout a lifetime wrought with trauma and despair, Lisa Kessler Peters personifies resilience. Yet, with the release of her memoir, Why I Tried to Die, she cements a much different legacy. One in which she uses her inspired storytelling to empower those who are struggling and educate those who encounter victims of neglect and abuse. Why I Tried to Die is published by Mercy & Moxie, an imprint of Orison Publishers, Inc. and is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other retailers. The 128-page book follows Kessler-Peters through her life of chaos and calamity with interspersed doses of inspiration via Bible verses and insights to how people suffering from trauma are treated by those in authority.


Come walk with Lisa as she takes you on a journey from death to life.....

Her testimony of how she was delivered from a life of addiction and trauma will inspire you to seek a deeper relationship with God. Why I Tried to Die will grip you from the beginning through the end. Lisa’s courageous transparency throughout the pages of this book reveal the glory of God and His redemptive healing and restorative powers. It is a must-read for all who are currently going through or dealing with trauma from the past. You will not be disappointed.

—MB Busch

President, Heartbeat of Heaven Ministries

Lisa invites the reader on a journey....

This journey is the story of her life, full of hopelessness, tragedy and trauma. Yet, in the midst of the most difficult and hopeless of moments, she encountered the living God who repositioned her with a hope and a future. No life is beyond the reach of a loving God, and Lisa’s story is a great reminder of this truth.

—Pastor Ruth Hendrickson

Ruth Hendrickson Ministries

Meet Lisa Kessler-Peters

Author, Speaker, Mentor and Advocate

Lisa is a powerhouse of hope and inspiration. She doesn’t hold back on sharing the real and raw things she has been through. She has the ability to talk about all the trauma she endured, yet you walk away from hearing her story inspired, not hopeless. She is vulnerable and transparent, and has a way of making people feel safe to share their story.

Lisa is not impressed by her degrees or accomplishments. She will never boast about what she has accomplished. Her entire mission is to empower others to know that they can have the same freedom she has received. She is bold and courageous, and never wants to forget where she came from and what she has been through. She believes that nothing happens in vain, and that all things can be used for our good and the good of others.

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Lisa Kessler-Peters is an author, speaker, mentor and advocate. She shares her story to bring hope to the South Central Pennsylvania region and spread trauma informed awareness through our justice system. Her memoir "Why I Tried to Die" empowers those who are struggling and educates those who encounter victims of neglect and abuse. 

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