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Rachels Tears: 10th Anniversary Edition: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott [Paperback]

Beth Nimmo , Scott Darrell Scott , Rabey Steve Rabey
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Feb. 17 2009

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 faith. Now her parents talk about Rachels life and how they have found meaning in their daughters martyrdom in the aftermath of the school shooting. Rachels Tears comes from a heartfelt need to celebrate this young girls 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 Rachels 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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Beth Nimmo is the mother of Rachel Scott, the first victim killed at Columbine High School. Beth is the co-author of Rachel's Tears and author of The Journals of Rachel Scott.

Darrell Scott has become a crusader since his daughter's death in the Columbine High School tragedy. He is the co-founder of The Columbine Redemption and is the co-author of the bestselling book Rachel's Tears and Chain Reaction.



Steve Rabey is an award-winning author and speaker.  He has written nearly twenty books and over 2,000 articles about religion and popular culture in the New York Times, Christian Retailing, and Publishers Weekly, among many others.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book June 10 2013
By Shroomy
Format:Paperback
I was originally motivated to pick up this book after reading "No Easy Answers" by Brooks Brown in which there is a chapter describing his brief friendship with Rachel and how an amazing person she was. When I saw that her family had published a few books about her, reading this one wasn't even a question.

First of all I don't really believe that either one of the killers targeted Rachel (or any other victim for that matter) specifically since their original plan was to blow up the cafeteria and execute the survivors. Either way, regardless of their motives and whether some victims died for their faith or not, it did not take away the profound message of the book or lessen it in any way whatsoever. I thought this book was really inspiring for both religious and non-religious people of all ages to read. I truly enjoyed how it was written in a very simple and light tone instead of something overly serious and depressing since it's clear right from the start that Rachel loved life and would want to be remembered for her fun-loving spirit and not the brutal way her life came to an end.

Some people might be unsure whether or not they should read this book because they aren't religious or spiritual etc. but this book is not about religion, it's not about gaining followers for any religion or church, it's about Rachel's life and what faith did for her. Of course there is plenty about God and Rachel's relationship with him since it's what motivated her to be the amazing person she was but you don't need to be religious whatsoever to enjoy it. The book challenges the reader to follow Rachel's example of kindness, compassion and understanding towards others, not to become a Christian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Aug. 22 2009
Format:Paperback
What an amazing young woman. I felt privileged to share in her young life and in her family's grief at her brutal murder - along with the murder of 12 other people on April 20, 1999 - and in their ongoing attempts to heal and to spread her message of faith and hope.

Her story - as she had hoped when she was alive - is inspiring and uplifting, and can make a difference in those that read this book.

We all our hope that our lives will make a difference. That when we pass from this world something about us will live on in the people that knew us and perhaps in people that we don't know we've touched.

Pick up this book and discover a young girl's spiritual life that challenges even those who have been Christians all their lives. And for those who don't know Christ, yet, can help show the difference He made in her life.

While I have never met Rachel (I know I will when I get to heaven), I have no doubt that she was as "real" a Christian as one could ever hope to meet. When I pass on, I can only hope people remember me as a person who "walked the talk", started a "chain reaction" and showed Jesus' love and compassion to others.

Thank you, Rachel. You have done more in your short life than many Christians have done in a lifetime!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE WORLD'S TEARS Sept. 6 2000
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The world was crying on and after April 20, 1999 after Rachel, her classmates and teachers were shot by two students at Columbine High.
The world was crying when the memorial service for the casualties was held later that week and a white dove (the symbol of the Holy Spirit) was released into flight for each casualty.
The world was crying when a Columbine student sang a song he had written for the casualties called, "Columbine: Friend of Mine." He did a wonderful job.
The world was crying over the anguish of the families of the two boys who had wreaked such devastation.
The world was crying for those who knew and loved each person who perished on April 20, 1999.
The world was crying when personal accounts of the families was made public. Rachel Scott's family bravely agreed to be interviewed on "Dateline." The anguish of this family is too great for words. They opened their hearts and souls to the public about their devastating loss. They also opened Rachel's diaries.
Rachel was a deeply Christian girl who wrote poetry of an extraordinarily high caliber. Her poems about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and how They shaped her faith are masterpieces. This little girl, like Ann Frank before her, unwittingly sheds light on the horrors of the world. Like Ann Frank, Rachel sees things in a hopeful light. In turning to Jesus, she reasons, many social ills will abate. In reading Rachel's work, one can, only after her tragic death, imagine Rachel feeling optimistic and bright in a time when she probably was exposed to the doubts of many. Rachel writes of her very strong beliefs and in sharing her work, one can share some of those feelings.
The world was crying for Rachel. "Rachel's Tears" are really the world's tears.
God bless Rachel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This will touch you! July 12 2009
Format:Paperback
A 17-year old girl has changed the world and you may not even know her name. She was the first victim of the Columbine school shooting tragedy. Her funeral was broadcast on CNN with the largest viewing audience than any other broadcast, including Princess Di's funeral. She was a sister, a student, and an actress. But more importantly, she was deeply connected to God's will for her life. She predicted her life to be short but full of impact. She was right. Rachel Joy Scott continues to live through the message she carried in her daily living. And the book her parents wrote about her faith is an important read for all. Beginning with a heart wrenching dedication to each buried victim, the reader is given a glimpse into the aftermath for the unburied victims as well. Rachel's parents relate their experiences and thoughts of Rachel, but also include excerpts from her journals, and conversations Rachel had with her peers. Interestingly, her parents learned much more of her life after she died: how intimately passionate she was about sharing her faith, how she cared for the outcasts at school, how she struggled with typical teenage banes. This book has some bold lessons for all to learn, including forgiveness of the two murderers, who were no more than boys themselves. It is a testament of God's faithfulness to help you overcome whatever obstacle you face. It is a must-read for any young adult and inspires delicate yet firm belief in God's purpose. I have heard her father and sister speak about her life and her challenge to us all to do just one good deed each day. This printed account is just as powerful. It is the life of Rachel Joy Scott. Now you know her name. Now read her story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rachel's Tears
I can clearly remember when the tragedy at Columbine High School in Colorado touched my life. I was just finishing my first year of college, when the news spread through the... Read more
Published on March 20 2009 by Christina Banks
3.0 out of 5 stars Relatively Interesting
This is a relatively interesting book, but I don't believe that Rachel was asked that. That doesn't make her death any less tragic or make her any less of a person, but Rachel... Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by Funkee Monkee
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Rachel's Tears, is a sad story that her parents wrote. It is a breathtaking and overwhelming story. There is Rachel, a joyful teen, that believes in God. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This book is more than just another book about Columbine. This book is a book about a remarkable young lady who was an amazing example of how Christ wants us to be. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2003 by "ragamuffin274"
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiration
i really enjoyed Rechel's Tears and am now reading it for a second time, i found it very inspiring, it gave me many new ideas of how to show my love for the lord and how to tell... Read more
Published on July 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspirational, not for heartless anti-Christians
I could not put this book down, though I did have to stop reading at times when it got too emotional. I couldn't believe how much this book got to me, but it did. Read more
Published on June 13 2003 by Chris the Proud American Patriot
1.0 out of 5 stars no...
i sorry, i read this book and it was VERY easy to put down. simple as the fact that because she was a christian and because she died, does NOT make her a martyr. Read more
Published on June 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Continuing the chain reaction of kindness.
This is just the book I needed to read! Spiritually, it changed my life forever. Now, I realize how precious life is, how amazing God can be through the hearts of others, and how... Read more
Published on May 20 2003 by Empty
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachels tears
The book Rachels Tears is about the Columbine shooting. The author is Best Nimmo. Its a very good book. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2003 by Danielle Ayres
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel's Tears
The book Rachel's Tears is about the Columbine shooting.The author is Beth Nimmo.Its a very good book.I'Ve read other book on the shooting and for some reason this one stood out. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2003 by Danielle Ayres
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