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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
"I am not going to apologize for speaking the name of Jesus . . . If I have to sacrifice everything . . . I will." ûRachel Scott
The Columbine tragedy in April 1999 pierced the heart of our country. We later learned that the teenage killers specifically targeted Rachel Scott and mocked her Christian faith on their chilling, homemade videotapes. Rachel Scott died for her faith. Now her parents talk about Rachel's life and how they have found meaning in their daughter's martyrdom in the aftermath of the school shooting. Rachel's Tears comes from a heartfelt need to celebrate this young girl's life, to work through the grief and the questions of a nation, and to comfort those who have been touched by violence in our schools today. Using excerpts and drawings from Rachel's own journals, her parents offer a spiritual perspective on the Columbine tragedy and provide a vision of hope for preventing youth violence across the nation.
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Nolan5 Stars Out Of 5September 11, 2010NolanI have read all 3 of the books and find them to be very inspiring and inspirational to say the least but God given..what a wonderful and amazing young woman. When my heart aches for peace and encouragement i look forward to finding strength in the pages of this tremendous young lady.
pink5 Stars Out Of 5July 26, 2010pinkthis is an amazing book. very inspiring. it was amazing how rachel knew before that she was going to die. and the picture she drew of her eyes crying 13 tears that turned into drops of blood onto a rose was prophetic. 13 people died at the Columbine shooting. wow. very good book. i enjoyed reading the excerpts in this book from rachel's journals. also recommend the book "she said yes" about cassie burnall and the columbine tragedy that took her life as well.
Rachel RopperScotland, UKAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5January 28, 2010Rachel RopperScotland, UKAge: 18-24Gender: femaleI wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book. The first chapter told the story of how the events of April 20th 1999 enfolded from the parents' point of view, which was compelling to read and actually moved me to tears. But after that, a lot of the chapters simply recounted aspects of Rachel Scott's spiritual life. Although I was inspired by how strong her relationship with God was as well as her creativity in her drawings and poems, I felt that this got a little repetitive and I'm not quite sure how they spun this out for several chapters. Maybe others who aren't used to spiritual gifts and intense relationships with God would have found these chapters more interesting, but I began to skim-read when I realised that I was reading the same thing written with different words. I have a feeling that this book was written to convince the general public that Rachel Scott was not an angel, but simply a normal teenage girl. However, I was convinced as soon as the book told me that - I didn't need to read a hundred pages proving this! What did interest me, however, was the parents' explanations of the events of April 20th 1999, their opinions on why school shootings happen, and their comments on their daughter's murderers. I'm not saying that I wasn't inspired by Rachel Scott's life - just that I didn't need to read seven chapters about her relationship with God in order to be inspired. This is definitely a book for Christians, and I would recommend it to those who aren't used to having an intense relationship with God, or are "lukewarm" Christians. I think it would appeal more to this audience than people like me, who come from churches that hold Healing Outpouring meetings and have a Movement in Worship team. I also think that this book would appeal more to Christians. Although non-Christians might find the comments about the actual shooting interesting, I don't think many of them would care for the notes on Rachel Scott's spiritual life.
southeastcountrywife4 Stars Out Of 5May 14, 2009southeastcountrywifeRachel's Tears is the story of Rachel Scott, a seventeen-year-old victim of the Columbine school shooting in April 1999. Rachel's Tears was first written around a year after the shooting and this copy is a special edition marking the ten-year anniversary of the tragedy. Rachel, along with Cassie Bernall (She Said Yes) were two students that it seems were shot because of their faith in Jesus Christ while some other students were shot because they were athletes or a minority group.I read the first edition of the book probably within the first year or so after it's release. I remember being very impressed by the faith of Rachel, evidenced by her journal entries. I also bought the video "Untold Stories of Columbine" and both would have been on my "highly recommended" list. With this anniversary edition, it was interesting to read an update on her family ten years down the road.This time around, I still really enjoyed reading Rachel's journal entries but I didn't so much appreciate a lot of the commentary that went along with the book. Personally, I would rather just read Rachel's thoughts in her own words rather than additional outside commentary on them. But maybe that's just me!There were a few things I found mildly disturbing within the additional commentary but, all in all, it is well worth a read--particularly for young people. In light of my own journey, I found Rachel's refreshing honest journalling especially enjoyable and there is no doubt that her life touched many others.
Jen5 Stars Out Of 5April 20, 2009JenCan you believe it was 10 years ago today that we watched in horror as the tragedy at Columbine in Littleton, Colorado claimed the lives of 12 students and one teacher? I just finished reading Rachel's Tears, a book about Columbine victim, Rachel Scott, written by her parents.It is truly a fascinating book of a young woman who was not scared to stand up for her faith in her Savior, Jesus Christ. As you read the journal entries and see the drawings of this amazing young woman, you can't help to wonder if she walked in the gift of prophecy. Even the title of the book, Rachel's Tears, is based on a sketch she did the morning she was martyred for her faith. Her eyes, with 13 tears flowing down onto a flower. Thirteen people were killed that day before the shooters turned the guns on themselves.This book inspired and challenged me in many ways. Through the pages I saw weaved the importance of relationship versus religion. Rachel was able to reach out to so many people because she didn't shove religion down anyone's throat. She was very open about her love for Jesus, but she had an amazing love for people and reached out to them simply because she wanted to and because they had value. Isn't that what Jesus was about? In my own life, I don't want religion to get in the way of loving people.I would definitely recommend this book. I felt like I couldn't put it down. You will feel challenged in the way you interact with other people and to start "Rachel's chain reaction."
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