Rachel's Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott by Beth Nimmo Darrell Scott Steve Rabey Online

Rachel's Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott
Title : Rachel's Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott
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ISBN : 9780785268482
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 181

The Columbine tragedy in April 1999 pierced the heart of our country. In December 1999, we 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 afThe Columbine tragedy in April 1999 pierced the heart of our country. In December 1999, we 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.


Rachel's Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott Reviews

  • Kristin (KC)

    *4 Stars*I read this book a few months back and somehow couldn't find the words to properly review it. Many parts left me feeling depleted, solemn, and disturbed. But I was also immensely inspired. Rachel's Tears — a heartbreaking but enlightening telling of the Columbine massacre — provides you with an uncomfortable front row seat to the horrific story behind the story. This touching memoir focuses on a young girl's journey to faith, and her unfortunate, untimely, and heinous execution for [...]

  • Natalie Vellacott

    It's difficult to give a book like this a low rating due to the subject matter. Rachel Scott who tragically died in the Columbine school massacre, has been heralded as a martyr in this book. The author, Rachel's father, paints a picture of an almost saintly girl who inspired everyone around her and spent her time reaching out to the waifs and strays in American society. Some of the portrait may be true, there are certainly testimonies from those who were impacted by Rachel's life and witness. It [...]

  • Troy

    I almost want to label this as fiction. As a Christian myself, I have no probllem with stories of people who truly act the Christian way, but in more fact-laden books, like Dave Cullen's investigative account of the whole incident, it was revealed that Rachel's incident never happened. I suppose people believe what they want to, and my heart goes out to her parents, who felt that her death should be immortalized somehow, in the midst of a senseless act of violence.

  • Stephanie

    Stephanie JonesBiographyI am still speechless after reading this book. It really hit home and made me realize how cruel the world can be. Rachel Joy Scott was an ordinary, fun-loving teenager, but she had a major strike against her- she was a Christian. Two of her fellow male classmates constantly ridiculed her, and Rachel even lost friends because of her beliefs. In this book, the people who knew her best share the final days of Rachel’s life through their thoughts and her own personal though [...]

  • Melissa Bond

    I have gone back & forth on whether or not to review this book. It is a deeply personal reveal of mourning for Rachel Scott's family. I mean no disrespect to the family in my opinion of this book, but I found it difficult to read - and believe. In the years following the tragedy of Columbine, more information has come out about each of the victims. What has been revealed of Rachel Scott is that she was a target of the two gunman for her beliefs, and her reputation that conflicted with them. [...]

  • Kristin Bateman

    I do not give this a rating of merely 2 stars very lightly. To take Rachel's story and to rate it so low would be a travesty and diservice to her memory. However, to me, this was not Rachel's story, but her grieving parents' request to bring Christ to the classroom.I am a public educator. I have seen "Rachel's Challenge." However, in the final pages, both of her parents state that including religion back into public education might have prevented this.I'm sorry, but it's not that simple.And for [...]

  • Laura

    I always have one of these on hand because I always end up giving it away. Rachel's story really moves me. The way she wasn't afraid to be different. The way she stood for her faith. It wasn't about April 20, 1999. What was so amazing was how she lived her life everyday. She's an inspiration.

  • Rebecca McNutt

    Rachel's Tears is a very well-written and inspirational true crime novel, but I think it makes a very spacious claim to suggest that the two Columbine shooters were just anti-Christian. This tragedy had nothing to do with religion, faith or lack thereof. The Columbine shooting was the result of two mentally ill psychopaths who never got the help they needed until it was too late and they ran amuck killing innocent people. I also wouldn't necessarily call Rachel a "martyr"; she, like the eleven o [...]

  • Eva

    Actual rating: 4.5'I'm Not Ashamed' is one of my favorite movies, so I was doubly interested in reading this book. It was emotional, powerful, gripping, and inspiring. Thank God for believers like Rachel - and may we all take up her challenge to start a chain reaction through compassion and kindness.

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    "God is going to use me to reach young people. I don't know how, I don't know when" - Rachel Joy ScottRachel's Tears by Beth Nimmo is about Columbine martyr Rachel Joy Scott. Various people who knew her write about that tragic day and the type of person Rachel was.Her brother Craig was also there but survived by pretending to be dead. He got up and led people out even though his two best friends were killed. Rachel was eating lunch with a friend when she was shot and killed. Rachel was just like [...]

  • Brittany

    Her family came to speak at my school, and while I feel sorry about the tragedy that was Columbine. I found all of this to be a work of bullshit. A hopeful load of crap that seems very fabricated. It is a tragedy these people died, but that's it.

  • Winter Thibodeaux

    I loved this book. I finally started a prayer journal because of this book. This girl's faith, when she was the same age as me, in the face of adversity is SO inspiring. It revealed exactly where I was lacking in my walk with God. It's like shining a spotlight on just the right area in your heart that you haven't completely given to God. EVERY Christian should read this if they want a role model that shows what a TRUE Christian is. When asked what religion they are, people will almost automatica [...]

  • Jackie

    Ummm, I guess it was okay. I did like the columbine exerts and the forgiveness aspect, but it was REALLY over the top preachy and "Jesus-y." Even being religious myself, I found it too much. I skipped TONS of it and skimmed lots of it.

  • Shadowdenizen

    Reviews of books like this are always tough to write. It's really easy to come across as callow and judgey, given that the subject I'm writing about was brutally murdered for no good reason at all, so I hope this review comes off as respectful but honest, since this book really did enlighten and uplift me after reading it.I was led to this book after watching the film "I'm Not Ashamed." While I respect that film (I can't say I ENJOYED it, given the subject), I also felt like it had an agenda to [...]

  • Melody

    I'd give this book 10 stars if I could.I picked this up at a giveaway on Saturday, and finished reading it on Sunday. The reason I loved this book is because this 17-year-old was consumed by her Lord and allowed Him to work in her, and above all, wasn't too afraid or 'stuck up' to be able to show her light to cast-outs and kids who thought no one loved them. It was very humbling to read how Rachel continually sought God and His will for her, always keeping her eyes upward. Public school must've [...]

  • Lauren

    Shots rang out on the campus of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado the morning of April 20, 1999. Rachel Joy Scott was eating lunch with a friend, Richard Castaldo, just outside the school. She was shot and injured. The gunman, a fellow student, asked her if she still believed in God. She answered “You know I do.” She was shot again, at point blank range to her head. Fatal.After her death, journals Rachel had kept were found both in her home and in the backpack she had been wearing [...]

  • Jemma

    I had heard so much commotion about this book and I knew it would have to be put on my list of 'to read' only I wish I had read it sooner! Rachel inspired me in such a magnificent way, her ability to speak to God in a way I never even thought was possible really made me look at my own faith! It really was beautiful and I will most certainly read it again sometime! Please read this, you can make up your own mind about it but it won't waste your time!! God can love you in a special way that Rachel [...]

  • Anna

    I wasn't up for reading this book at all.

  • Raechel

    Read it several years ago, so I don't know what I'd rate it, but I remember it as being good. A bit of a tear-jerker, but good.

  • Jacquelyn Ehrle

    The book Rachel's Tears by Darrell Scott was a great nonfiction book about a teenage girl's spiritual connection with god. After being a victim in the famous Columbine shooting in Littleton, Colorado, her parent's grief with her death only to find a journal of her communications with god and her strong Christian beliefs. "What is life without living with the life maker"(Rachel,25) is a quote from her diary that prospered her parents idea of her being more than an average teenage Christian, they [...]

  • Ellie

    I read Rachel’s Tears and I picked this book because the librarian said it was really good.The title relates to the story because Rachel was big into writing stuff in journals, so in one of her journals she drew a picture of herself with thirteen tears coming out of her eyes and turning into drops of blood. And on the day of the Columbine shooting, 13 people were killed.The purpose of this book is to tell Rachel’s story and how God worked through her and helped many people before the shootin [...]

  • Clair Duchene

    A very easy and interesting read. I originally was given the book from a friend when I was going through a hard time. I was raised Christian and this book very much spoke to me. I can understand the book being hard to read for people who may not be Christian, because that was very much a focal point. The reason for 3-stars is because some of the information seems like fiction and how the family may want people to perceive their daughter. Since reading this, her family went to my high school to s [...]

  • J.E.B. Spredemann

    Excellent book about Rachel Joy Scott, a Christian teen that was murdered at Columbine High School. I read this book many years ago and I loved it at the time. I haven't read it recently, but my sixteen-year-old daughter reads it every once in awhile. She really enjoys the book. I recommend this book to everyone. You'll want to pass it on to a young person. Just be sure to have the tissues nearby because it'll probably cause a bit of tear shed. I also recommend She Said Yes about Cassie Bernal.

  • Danielle

    I had already heard the story of the amazing Rachel Scott before reading this book, as Rachel's Challenge visited my school and I've read "The Journals of Rachel Scott." So, her inspiring story was not new to me, yet this book gave me a fresh perspective. Her parents both wrote very eloquently, clearly demonstrating their love for their late daughter and her undying love for Christ. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially someone who is interested in real-life inspirational Christian s [...]

  • Anna-Marie

    This is a heart wrenching book but it is a must read. In the book, they have put lots of bits of Rachels diary in there, and songs that she wrote. There are also chapters from her mom and dad, about how they loved her and about there look on the school shootings. I own this book and Rachel's Smiles, which is the third book. Rachel's Smiles is about how her story changed the world. I really want you guys to read this, it is great.

  • Ashley Coker

    This is one of the most touching books I have ever laid eyes on! I actually bought for a friend for her birthday, but I just had to read, so I stayed up all night that night and read the entire thing in one sitting so I could give it to her the next day. I had goosebumps reading it, I so appreciate this book. I included a note with it, challenging her to pass on the book when she finished, this book should be read by everyone, no doubt.

  • Connor Hill

    one of the saddest books and actually brought me to tears. it was amazing to see the experience her actual family went through during the whole ordeal from when the news hit to the aftermath in the search for Rachel.

  • Amber

    This book shook me to my core when i first read it as teenager; it taught me how to fall in love with God and worship through journaling.

  • Sarah

    This book was very sad yet interesting. I can not begin to think about what Rachel's family was dealing with after the shooting. I learned many things I never knew about the Columbine tragedy. Rachel always wanted to start a chain reaction of friendship and kindness and I think through her legacy she has achieved that. I will definitely grab the torch and try to walk my talk just like Rachel did.

  • Trupti Dorge

    No one needs to be reminded of the Columbine Tragedy on April 20, 1999. So many lives wasted and so many young dreams shattered. This book is the spiritual journey of Rachel Scott, one of the victims of that tragedy. She was 17 at that time.Rachel was a girl who believed in God and was totally devoted to Jesus. She did not want to be in a specific group, she wanted to reach out to everyone, especially the ones who felt lost and alone at school. I was amazed by her passion for life and her strong [...]