Rachel's Tears 10th Anniversary Edition Paperback – Feb 16 2009
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About the Author
Steve Rabey is an award-winning writer and editor who has authored or collaborated on over twenty books. He is currently the managing editor of "Youthworker Journal".
Top Customer Reviews
Yes, Rachel was a true servant of God. Yes, Rachel loved humanity.
Yes, Rachel struggled with temptation, and everything else we all go through, but I don't understand why she had to be written about.
A martyr? I'm more than halfway through the book and I've yet to come across anything that says or suggests that she was targeted because of her religious beliefs.
Rachel was loved, and admired by those who knew her, but I don't think that her relationship with the Lord was any better or any worse than those of other believers. I've been a born again christian for the past 16 years, and all Rachel went through while in school, I went through, and that didn't make me better or worser than the person next to me.
Rachel had a deep relationship with God that many teenagers her age don't have. She wanted to be used by God. She wanted heads to turn when she walked by. That's great. She was dear and special. That's great, but I'm missing something and I don't know what it is.
I truly believe that instead of writing about Rachel herself, her parents should've published all her beautiful poetry and drawings. She was obviously a very talented young lady who had so much to offer, and yet her life was cut short by two boys who obviously needed a lot of help.
I wish I could give this book more stars, but I just can't justify my doing so.
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.Read more ›
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!
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on March 20 2009 by Christina Banks
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 morePublished on June 13 2004 by Funkee Monkee
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
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 morePublished on Oct. 13 2003
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 morePublished on July 12 2003
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 morePublished on June 13 2003 by Chris the Proud American Patriot
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 morePublished on June 3 2003
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 morePublished on May 20 2003 by Empty
The book Rachels Tears is about the Columbine shooting. The author is Best Nimmo. Its a very good book. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2003 by Danielle Ayres