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Rachel's Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott Paperback – April 20, 2000

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About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 20, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785268480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785268482
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #967,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A. Attaguile on October 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read this book several weeks ago but struggled to write a review after I did some internet research on the Columbine trajedy itself.

I would love to give this is a 5-star review. It's obvious that this young lady was a deeply devoted child of God and wasn't afraid to tell others what she lived and believed in. The parents did a remarkable job in bringing this book to life, especially by including excerpts of Rachel's diary...lends itself to crediblity. The parents also do a wonderful job of stressing that although their daughter was a devoted Christian, she was not above temptation and definitely not above most human tendancies of "falling." She was by no means perfect! Such a refreshing read -- to know that the parents did not try to put their martyred daughter on a pedastal.

Rachel's life is battle-cry for the Body of Christ -- she should defintely be seen as a role model for many of today's teens (and most adults). A true Christian, true to her beliefs, with very human struggles. Again, she was by no means perfect, but "real."

What bothered me was the entries in reference to Cassie Bernal. Maybe I read too much into the book but the first time Ms. Bernall is mentioned, the sentence that follows is "which was later discounted" -- in reference to whether or not she actually admitted to believing in God. Later on, there is an (almost) 2 page spread on whether or not "she said yes" -- with the obvious conclusion (although not implicity stated) that Ms. Bernall wasn't even asked if she believed in God but that the conversation took place with another student & one of the killers.

This prompted me (out of morbid curiousity, admittedly) to do some research on the trajedy itself...
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 2000
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As a student who is a Biblical Studies and Theology major I can honestly say that reading Rachel's Tears has greatly enhanced my faith and walk with Jesus Christ as no other book has. The testimonies found in the writings of this profoundly spiritual young girl is breath taking to read and I would encourage anyone who is struggling with their Christian walk to read the writings of Rachel Joy Scott. I am thankful that Rachel's parents have helped this nation take a more spiritual look into the tragedy at Columbine. This book has helped me to see that the martyrdoms of Rachel Joy Scott and Cassie Bernall were not merely empty deaths, but rather, God's way of reaching out to a spiritually dying nation. There is an old Christian saying, that "the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church", and Rachel's parents have truly helped me understand the truth of this statement. I highly encourage everyone to read this book, as well as the books "She Said Yes" by Cassie Bernall's mother, "Columbine Courage" by Ron Luce, and the "Martyr's Torch" by Pastor Bruce Porter. I have been greatly blessed by reading these books and I hope that you will be blessed as well.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Megowan on June 2, 2000
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Like most high school students I was very moved by the Columbine Tragedy last year. But I never fully understood God's hand in this horrible tragedy until May 20, 2000. That day was my high school graduation. Graduation day is memorable for everyone, but it became extra special to me. To my surpirse Beth Nimmo, Rachel Scott's mother, was one of our speakers. As we, the graduates, marched down to "Pomp and Circumstance", Beth Nimmo was so overcome with emotion that she had to excuse herself. I later found out that Rachel would have graduated May 20, 2000 also, from Columbine High School. As Mrs. Nimmo spoke to us about her daughter's life and faith in God, my heart was touched and filled with emotion. I looked back on my own life and remembered times that I didn't always show God's love nor stood up for my faith. Listening to Beth Nimmo's words and love for her daughtor, I decided that on this monumental day in my life, as I recieved my diploma, I was going to take a deeper and stronger stand for Christ than I ever have before. After finishing the book, "Rachel's Tears" I feel such a connection to Rachel and her desire to want to be fully filled with God and His love. Rachel's life is an encouragement and example of going against the crowd and standing up for God. Rachel's martyrdom is just the begining of a new generation, a generation of standing up against Satan and the evil that is so evident and strong in this world as demonstrated on April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Wright on April 21, 2000
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As a member of the Columbine community and a student at a near by High School this tragedy had a great impact on me. I read She Said Yes and then I heard of Rachel's Tears. My boyfriend knew Rachel and talks about what a wonderful person she was and I have many friends that knew Cassie as well and through these books I can see what my friends saw in their friends who were taken from us April 20, 1999. Rachel's Tears has helped me to further cope and to get some insight into this tragedy. The journal entries are all so encouraging and she lived a life that shall never be forgotten. Please feel free to e-mail me at
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