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

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"I am not going to apologize for speaking the name of Jesus . . . If I have to sacrifice everything . . . I will." -Rachel 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

Paperback, 10th Anniversary Edition, 224 pages
Published February 16th 2009 by Thomas Nelson (first published April 20th 1999)
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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 embr
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
Jul 14, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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.
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephanie Jones

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
Melissa Bond
May 22, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone, especially women, especially in middle or high school
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 ...more
Jun 26, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
"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
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 ...more
Jul 27, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 31, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: february-2016
I wasn't up for reading this book at all.
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
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christains
Recommended to Jacquelyn by: English Class
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Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 shooting.

May 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone!
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
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 ...more
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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.
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nov 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who heard of the school shootings.
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
Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, review-copy
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
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
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