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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 af 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 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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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 af 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 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.

30 review for Rachel's Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister

    *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 embr *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 embracing that faith. I remember following this story in stunned silence as it happened, along with the rest of the world. But these haunting pages brought a certain raw reality to that savagely heartbreaking attack. There are other accounts of this story, told through various perspectives — but this book in particular offers honest insight of the events, and centers around Rachel: a young, kindhearted Christian girl, who was still finding her way in life through God. Her good-natured spirit and staggering wisdom became the driving force of this memoir. This story is told from the perspective of Rachel's parents, whose unconditional love and pride for their daughter seemed to exceed even the pinnacle of their pain. Although their suffering is evident, their message stands as a ray of hope — not as a portal for despair. There are excerpts of Rachel's poetry and journal entries included, as well as images of her beautiful, alarmingly intuitive drawings. These excerpts brought Rachel and her story to life in a visual and almost tangible way, and instantly became the most inspiring aspects. Rachel's life may have been unjustly cut short, but her death was not in vain. Rachel leaves behind her legacy: a legacy of hope, faith and goodness — to which this book will remain a true testament.

  2. 4 out of 5

    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 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 is also clear that she had a sincere faith in God and was seeking to live her life according to His Will. We can be confident that she was a Christian and that she has gone to be with Jesus now. It is really her parents and other people that let the side down somewhat. Their theology is questionable, and worrying as her father was a pastor...Having read the extracts from her diaries, I don't think Rachel herself would have wanted to be made into a saint. She was a normal teenage girl who was working out her faith on a daily basis. Her father claims that one of the gun-men asked her whether she believed in God and then shot her when she stood up for her faith. Other accounts have questioned this and suggested that she was smoking on the school field with a friend when she died. Another friend suggested that Rachel wasn't trying to imitate Jesus or follow Him but was rather allowing Jesus to live through her and that this is what we should all be doing....I don't think this can be reconciled with Scripture. Her father also expresses some odd views about forgiveness stating that he would kill the offenders if he had the chance to get his daughter back. This might be an understandable emotional response for a parent, but from a Christian? There were other strange views expressed as well. I found it difficult to really get into this as only one side of the picture of Rachel's life is presented and there is a lot of repetition as the parents give their own accounts of what happened and they are similar. This book was okay, but not very objective. Rachel's diary entries alone may inspire some and challenge them, but maybe without the parents comments running alongside. We can all agree that it was a terrible tragedy for this family and others. There is no overt bad language, but the author often uses the first letter of various swear words with the correct number of letters blanked out to allow a reader to figure out the word. This isn't helpful as a reader will hear the word in their mind. There are obviously violent scenes although they are not graphic and there is no graphic sexual content.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Stephanie Jones Biography I 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 thoughts Stephanie Jones Biography I 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 thoughts and drawings from her journal. Because of her faith, she lost her life in the tragic 1999 shooting at Columbine High School. The killers asked Rachel while she ate lunch with a friend if she loved God and she replied yes and was shot and killed. Reading this story made me seriously think about what I would do if I were in that position. I could definitely relate to Rachel when she said, "God is going to use me to reach young people. I don't know how, I don't know when..."

  4. 5 out of 5

    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 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 that I give this book 2 stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    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. 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    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. It w 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. It was reported she was outside during lunch, smoking a cigarette with a friend when she was murdered. There was no mention she had the opportunity to speak, not until this book saying she was the one who was martyred for her beliefs by one final statement of standing by them. I felt that her parents wanted to believe this version of her last moments, rather than what is widely reported. The book read as a desperate need for Rachel's family to erase her reputation, and replace it with an image of a wise & compassionate saint. They chose snapshots of their daughter's most private thoughts to create that image, making it feel pretentious and contrived. I also noticed many comparisons her family made between Rachel and Cassie Bernall, another victim whose death was turned into martyrdom by her family. Rachel's family made sure to point out Cassie Bernall's interest in the occult, and her reputation for practicing Satanism, as if to make Rachel the more vertible martyr. With every page, I had to remind myself this book was about a teenager - a child. I questioned the rationality of her parents exposing their daughter's secrets such as her sexual behavior, drug use, and secrets she both confided in them, and in her journals. I ended up with a sadness of how her life was ended, and how her memory was used. Her family knows Rachel best, and how she would feel of this book being written, but as a reader, I didn't feel I learned who Rachel Scott was, just what her family wanted her to be. Every victim of the Columbine tragedy leaves behind a memory that is no more or less impactful than the other. Most of them had yet to realize what their life was meant to be, just starting out on the journey to discovering themselves. Turning them into martyrs, as if their death had more meaning than their peers who lost their own life, somehow seems obscene to me. If this wasn't written by Rachel Scott's parents, I would have felt outrage that such a young child, victim to a national tragedy, was exploited. I didn't feel a sense of spiritual growth or enlightenment by reading this, only a question of why this book was necessary. It cannot be erased how Rachel Scott died, and it just feels like that was the motivation for this book to come about. It's impossible not to feel such deep pain for her family, especially when their grief is made as public as this, as it exposed a sense of their denial, anger, and resentment. Their emotions are a little too raw for it to translate well to readers, leaving who Rachel Scott truly was lost in that translation.

  7. 5 out of 5

    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. 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eva-Joy

    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. 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    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. 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

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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 Scott Rachel'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 l "God is going to use me to reach young people. I don't know how, I don't know when..." - Rachel Joy Scott Rachel'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 any regular teen. She loved acting and hung out with friends. The only difference was she wasn't afraid to share the gospel and she loved people everyone else made fun of. One boy with a disorder who had no friends met her one day. Rachel asked if he had ever gone on a date. He said no. So she said she would take him on a date. The date never happened because of her death. She kept journals were she wrote to God, in which she wrote a lot about not making it through 1999 {the here of the shooting}. When she talked to people and people talked about her getting married or having kids, she would get quiet and act as if the future was not even going to happen for her. In one of her journals she wrote, "This will be my last year Lord. I have gotten what I can. Thank you." Many times she would talk to Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, the gunmen, in classes. One of them supposedly had a crush on her. But it was an on going war. They were violent, and she was kind and loving. She has inspired millions of people because of her death. The morals of this story is never hide your faith, God can turn something bad into something beautiful, and tommorow is not a promise. Rachel and another girl were asked right before they were shot, did they believe in God. When they answered yes they were shot. Most of the students killed were Christians. On video blogs the killers ranted about hating people with faith. But lots of people have come to light because of them. It is interesting about the people who died that day. At the end of the book, it points out that Years ago, a teacher {Jesus Christ} and his twelve students {the disciples} brought change to the Earth. Twelve students and one teacher were killed at Columbine, changing history forever. The first Teacher was called the "Son of David," and the teacher at Columbine last name was David. The First teacher was called "The Lamb of God". Rachel's name meant lamb. She also preformed a mime to the song "Watch the Lamb." Reading what family and friends wrote about her, Rachel was willing to give up everything. Five of her friends dumped her because she loved God so much. She still would not denounce her faith. She struggled like any other teen, but she always went out seeking the solutions to her problems. Most people would have given up at the start, but Rachel pressed on, spreading joy even when she was in pain. And if that doesn't show faith, then I don't know what does.

  11. 4 out of 5

    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 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 automatically say "I'm a Christian", but what the world usually forgets is that the word "Christian" means "Christ-Like." So how many of us are really Christians???

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Marie

    4 stars. I will never forget the first time I heard how Rachel Joy Scott was murdered at Columbine while listening to the famous novel. I'll never forget how hard I cried and how touched I was at her story. Rachel's story has stayed with me. What a blessing to have read this novel which shows a glance into her most intimate reflections with God. Review to come. 4 stars. I will never forget the first time I heard how Rachel Joy Scott was murdered at Columbine while listening to the famous novel. I'll never forget how hard I cried and how touched I was at her story. Rachel's story has stayed with me. What a blessing to have read this novel which shows a glance into her most intimate reflections with God. Review to come.

  13. 5 out of 5

    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 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 been tough enough (especially for a Christian), without having to deal with the many worldly temptations such as drinking and cigarettes. This young lady was truly a woman after God's own heart, and right now she is wearing a martyr's robe. I can't wait to meet her in Heaven!!!! The book itself was written by Rachel's father and mother, who both spoke about the root problems that really caused the terrible shooting at Columbine High school that day in 1999. It wasn't inadequate gun laws, or not enough security measures, etc. Mr. Scott spoke of the day in 1963 when prayer was taken out of schools, and about the almost non-existent quality--or quantity-- time parents spend with their children, building in them a Godly heritage and simply letting them know how much they love them. They spoke about the need for us to just have a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, instead of focusing on legalism. If we will only seek His will for us individually, we will be able to do such great things for Him!

  14. 5 out of 5

    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 tha 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 that fatal morning now bearing the scar of a bullet hole. These journals are the basis for Rachel’s Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott, 10th Anniversary Edition. Rachel’s Tears will take you on an utterly fascinating journey into the life, love, heart and soul of Rachel Joy Scott. You will become Rachel’s friend and confidant as you read actual excerpts from her journal in her handwriting. You will feel excitement. You will feel pain. You will feel confusion. You will feel peer pressure. You will feel love. And above all, you will feel faith. Rachel’s faith. And passion for Jesus Christ. It will blow you away. It will move you, especially when you learn how faith prepared her for martyrdom. A must read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    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 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 it, instead of just being a genuine depiction of Rachel. (I can objectively see why some people found this book preachy, but it really didn't come off that way to me at all, where the movie totally did.) This book more than remedies that, giving us an honest look at a young girl going through a profound change at one of the most tumultous times of a persons life. I was emotionally drained after reading this, realizing that, while she left an indelible legacy behind, it's not the legacy she should have had, not the legacy she deserved. But at the same time it left me feeling uplifted and inspired, knowing that her short life is STILL touching so many people, and will continue to do so.

  16. 5 out of 5

    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 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 acknowledged and with her mature mindset she conquered a very engaged and strength provided faith! Very thought-provoking!

  17. 4 out of 5

    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. 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jacquelyn Ehrle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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 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 suspected her of being a strong Christian that communicates to god. Her parents releasing that their daughter had more faith then presumed, the keep searching her dairy for her secrete life with god and to remember the memories of their beloved daughter. As chapters of the Columbine shooting, effects of Rachel's death, and journal entry's to god fill this book you will question your own religion. Ironically this book did not effect me with the sad shooting of Columbine and all the people passing away but effected me by questioning my connection with god and the community. After reading this book I now feel the urge to be more spiritually connected with god and trust him by spreading his words and kindness. "God loved her and wanted her to trust him"( Rachel,74) describes my new ambition to connect with Jesus. This book has definitely impacted my life and encouraged my religion to a new level. But not only in my option has this book affected my christainanity it has also affected my outlook of others religions. Rachel having such a strong connection with god, opened my eyes to believe others religious beliefs and claims they have incounterd. The quote " young peopple may not see a lot of examples of this kind of dedication in the people around them." (Scott,38) describes my realization of others strong beliefs and how sometimes you don't even recognize others personal religion. I gave this book four stars because it is very well written and will connect to you strongly about religion. Although some aspects of the book where questionable because they where to good to be true and some classmates even stated the book to be "unbelievable" or "plot was too stretched to be a non-fiction novel", despite these comments it was still a very moving novel with an eye opening tragedy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Therese

    Rachel's Tears is by Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott. This book was much better than I was expecting. It is, obviously, about a victim of the extremely sad Columbine shooting. Rachel seemed like a sweet person and definitely a dedicated Christian. Although it is doubtful the exchange between Rachel and shooter ever actually happened, I still liked reading the excerpts from her journals and more about her short life. I did think the parents made Rachel a little too perfect. I felt like they gushed ab Rachel's Tears is by Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott. This book was much better than I was expecting. It is, obviously, about a victim of the extremely sad Columbine shooting. Rachel seemed like a sweet person and definitely a dedicated Christian. Although it is doubtful the exchange between Rachel and shooter ever actually happened, I still liked reading the excerpts from her journals and more about her short life. I did think the parents made Rachel a little too perfect. I felt like they gushed about her too much. They also kind of painted her relationship with God as a "model relationship". That annoyed me a little bit, but I am cutting them a lot of slack, because heck -- they're her PARENTS. The book also got preachy at times, and I'm skeptical that Rachel predicted her own death. Most of the things in her journal related to that can be explained in other ways. Overall, this was a good book, despite its faults. 3.5 stars out of 5.

  20. 4 out of 5

    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 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 stories. And you never know, after reading it, you just may decide to start a chain reaction :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    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. 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    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. 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Raechel Lenore

    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. 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.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joe Boucher

    It was a great book, highly recommend!! It had a great message and was really touching and a great read! :D

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kenzie Baker

    The book Rachel’s Tears, by Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott takes place in 1999 when the Columbine shooting happened in Littleton, Colorado.This non-fiction book explains Rachel’s life and how religious, nice and caring she was. How religious Rachel was actually made religion one of the many themes in this book. She was really close to God, which some people would think is impossible. However, Rachel was pretty much best friends with God. She went to Him with everything and he gave her everything The book Rachel’s Tears, by Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott takes place in 1999 when the Columbine shooting happened in Littleton, Colorado.This non-fiction book explains Rachel’s life and how religious, nice and caring she was. How religious Rachel was actually made religion one of the many themes in this book. She was really close to God, which some people would think is impossible. However, Rachel was pretty much best friends with God. She went to Him with everything and he gave her everything she asked for. However, the things God told her weren’t always good. Rachel had this feeling from Him that this was going to be her last year on this Earth. He was right though, she was shot and killed that day, April 20, when she was outside with her friend at lunch. The killers were Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, they shot and killed 13 people that day. They asked many of the victims if they believed in God and if they said yes they were shot immediately. Rachel got shot three times, once in the torso and twice in the leg. Then Eric Harris came back and asked her, “Do you belive in God?” Rachel replied with “You know I do.” Eric then said “Then go be with him,” as he shot her in the head. Rachel’s family was devastated and really didn’t know what to do with themselves at first, but then they figured out exactly what they should have been doing. If Rachel was there, she would want them to be helping out other people and in a way, forgetting that they don’t have her anymore. I really liked the book because it showed me that you shouldn’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. Rachel knew that if she replied with a yes to Eric then she would get shot, but she loved God so much that she didn’t even care. I also think that the fact that Rachel’s parents, Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott, are the authors really helped the book become more interesting. I think that having personal experience and then writing a book about it makes the book so much more interesting. It puts more emotion and thought into it than if some random person wrote a book about your story. I also think that having Rachel’s personal writings in the book really made it more believable and made me feel like the story was getting told to me in person than by just reading the book. Also, the fact that this was a true story and in my case, happening in the state I live in, I think that knowing it impacted people living not even an hour away really made the book more interesting and made me put myself in the situation. This book definitely impacted my life and showed me that standing up for what you believe in is really important. It also showed me that anything can happen in the blink of an eye. You never know when it’s gonna happen and if you are going to be safe or not. It showed me to not take anyone or anything for granted and to always make sure that whoever you love, knows that you love them. -Kenzie B.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ortega

    Book Cover Review: Rachel’s Tears The book that I read for this project is “Rachel’s Tears” by Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott. The book is about the Columbine Shootings that took place on April 20, 1999. The book’s main focus is on Rachel Joy Scott and her family’s experiences with the tragedy. Rachel was killed in the shootings and her brother Craig was greatly traumatized. This is also about how Rachel Joy Scott had found a deep relationship with God. Her kindness and compassion reached out to ma Book Cover Review: Rachel’s Tears The book that I read for this project is “Rachel’s Tears” by Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott. The book is about the Columbine Shootings that took place on April 20, 1999. The book’s main focus is on Rachel Joy Scott and her family’s experiences with the tragedy. Rachel was killed in the shootings and her brother Craig was greatly traumatized. This is also about how Rachel Joy Scott had found a deep relationship with God. Her kindness and compassion reached out to many people who needed help in her community. Despite the fateful events that took place on April 20, 1999, it is still inspiring many today through her story. I really enjoy this book because of the fact that it is a true event that really happened. It is very real and brings up larger issues. Darrell Scott mentions, “The last week of January 2000 was a big week for gun control laws.” (158). He also says, “People were trying to find a scapegoat for the tragedy, the National Rifle Association was a big target at the time.” (159) Darrell was bringing up the controversial issue on gun control laws in the United States. Everyone was questioning it after the shootings but Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott both agreed that “Guns are not the reason people die. The reason they die is because there is murder and hatred in the hearts of other people.” In my opinion, “Rachel’s Tears” is a wonderful and inspiring book. It’s inspiring because it explained what a kind person Rachel was and it inspires me to be nicer and reach out to people who need help; even if it’s as simple as giving a homeless woman a place to sit or a meal to eat. Rachel had worked at Subway and gave a homeless woman a place to stay and food also (73-75). This showed me that a little kindness can go a long way. This book also taught me that nobody is perfect and that everyone, no matter how close you are to God, makes mistakes. Rachel had troubles with temptation from her friends and had experimented with smoking a little bit. This related to me in a way because every teenager has some sort of peer pressure at some point. Overall this book is a tragic yet very inspiring story of Rachel Joy Scott and the impact of the Columbine Shootings that occurred on April 20, 1999. It is a wonderful book based on true events and I would definitely recommend it for somebody to read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    Rachel's Tears “Rachel’s Tears” is a life changing, inspiring and emotional book based on real life events. Rachel Scott was a young student who attended Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. She was an incredible young woman, with the love for God that most adults do not have or understand. Rachel made an impact on people’s lives without ever realizing it. On the day of August 20, 1999 the most horrific tragedy happened that will never leave people’s minds. The school was known as “hall Rachel's Tears “Rachel’s Tears” is a life changing, inspiring and emotional book based on real life events. Rachel Scott was a young student who attended Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. She was an incredible young woman, with the love for God that most adults do not have or understand. Rachel made an impact on people’s lives without ever realizing it. On the day of August 20, 1999 the most horrific tragedy happened that will never leave people’s minds. The school was known as “halls of tragedy”. 12 students and one teacher were killed; and among those who were killed Rachel Joy Scott was the first. After Rachel’s death, her family decided to start an organization that would help thousands of kids throughout the nation. This was called Rachel’s Challenge. The goal of this organization is to liberate the inner desire to treat others with kindness and respect. In one of Rachel’s journal entries she said something that now will be spread across the world and change kids lives. “People will never know how far a little kindness can go”. This book has many messages that not only have touched millions of people throughout the nation, but also have touched me. A message that stood out to me is that with God all things are possible. Another message is that no matter how old you are, you can always make a difference. Both of these messages are what I live by everyday. The reason I loved reading this book so much is that I’m very passionate about this subject. The book has an inspiring touch that is both emotional and beautiful. I loved the different perspectives shown in the book through Rachel’s mother, father, step father, brother, and friends. I also liked how the book gave the story of the two killers, because they are also important in this story. There weren’t many things I disliked in the book. If I had to name one, it would be that there was not as much information on Rachel’s life before the killing as I thought there would be. I recommend reading this book because it is a very inspirational and uplifting book that will touch anyone’s heart. I recommend the book titled “She Said Yes” because it is also about a victim of the Columbine shooting and is a touching story the very same. I give the overall rating of 5 stars

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    In a few days, on April 20th, it will be the tenth anniversary of the Columbine tragedy. Two boys, armed with guns and bombs, killed 12 students and a teacher before turning the guns on themselves. One of those students was Rachel Joy Scott. Rachel was not the most popular, or the smartest, or the prettiest - but she had a light shining within her. This light was the love and personal relationship she with the Lord. This light was Jesus living inside her. Not until after her death did her parents In a few days, on April 20th, it will be the tenth anniversary of the Columbine tragedy. Two boys, armed with guns and bombs, killed 12 students and a teacher before turning the guns on themselves. One of those students was Rachel Joy Scott. Rachel was not the most popular, or the smartest, or the prettiest - but she had a light shining within her. This light was the love and personal relationship she with the Lord. This light was Jesus living inside her. Not until after her death did her parents even realize the depth of Rachel's personal relationship with Christ. This was discovered through the numerous journals and drawings that she left behind. Rachel's Tears gives us a glimpse of this amazing girl's short life. Told through stories and observations from her parents, family and close friends, we see what a special girl Rachel was. She reached out to anyone who was needing, regardless of race, popularity, looks, etc. Through writings from her journals we see her deep love for God and her willingness to serve Him and do His will. We also her humility and her struggles. Dear God, Why do I feel dry in Your Spirit? Why do I feel that the fire has died withing me, yet so many claim they see he light of You, oh God, burning brightly? Why do I have to feel moments of doubt, distrust, disbelief, stages of anger and stages of loneliness when it comes to You, Father? Why do I lose focus of you during praise and worship as well as prayer? Why can't I completely be consumed by You? Why can't I be used by You? Why do I feel self-righteous at times? Why do I feel afraid? (Rachel's Tears, p111 - an entry from her journal) This book has touched me in many ways. It makes me see how I would like to be with my walk with God - how I would like my family to be. It shows how God can take a tragic situation and use it for His good. It shows how one person, one child, can change so many.

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