- Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; Illustrated. edition (September 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743400526
- ISBN-13: 978-0743400527
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (492 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2000
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In the aftermath of the Columbine High School tragedy, a story came out about Cassie Bernall, a young woman who allegedly professed her belief in God in the moments before she was shot dead. Hailed a modern-day martyr by Christian groups and the media, detectives revealed months later that she may never have had such an exchange with her killer. Bernall's parents responded to the news with a statement:
"Our intent was to share Cassie's story in an effort to encourage parents and teenagers. If any of our actions have hurt or offended anyone, we sincerely apologize."
In She Said Yes, a moving memoir written by Cassie's mother, Misty Bernall, we meet the real Cassie, a typical adolescent who struggles with peer pressure and her relationship with her parents. Once headed down the common teenage path of self-loathing and depression, Cassie turned her life around through her faith and the support of a group of people who helped her find peace and purpose--her youth group at church. Though Cassie was far from the perfect child, She Said Yes tells the story of how Cassie's faith gave her the strength to overcome the obstacles she faced in her young life. Regardless of what happened at Columbine, She Said Yes is a moving tribute to an extraordinary young woman and a lesson for both parents and teenagers alike. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
It's bleak and wrenching to hear the family of a slain teenager try to make sense of what happened. Bernall's daughter, Cassie, a 17-year-old junior, was a victim in the student-led massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. Mother, father and brother trade off narration, starting with a description of Cassie's last morning, eerie in its normalcy, as she prepared for school. Then the terrible event of her death is reconstructed, with the help of eyewitness reports from fellow students. It is from these that the Bernall family first heard of Cassie's "martyrdom," how she was asked aboutAand affirmedAher belief in God before she was shot. The tape would be a morbid tearjerker if it stopped there, but thankfully the author goes further, describing the day-to-day reality of Cassie's own troubled adolescence (she had been attracted to Satanism and with a friend had fantasized about killing her parents). This allows for an intimate discussion of parenting, faith and understanding that plays especially convincingly on audio. Simultaneous release with the Plough hardcover. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Cassie's mom wrote this book and included letters from friends, and family. It's not a book about the fact of whether Cassie said yes in the library or not. It's a book about the fact that Cassie said yes in her life! That fact is what is important here, nothing else. I personally believe that if the murderers DIDN'T ask Cassie, it doesn't matter, she believed in Jesus Christ and had grown to love him as we all should. I only wish that the teens that I work with in my church were as strong in their faith as Cassie was in hers.
I recently attended NCYC, National Catholic Youth Conference, in St. Louis. At the conference, there was a student from Columbine who gave a talk, and explained the ordeals of that day. She told us that the love of Christ was truly present because many MANY more people were supposed to die that day, but didn't. She also said that because of this tragedy many people have turned to God. It's sad to think that it takes a tragedy to get people to turn to Him, but perhaps that's why they happen.
At any rate, this book was written by a mother in grief. I personally don't care if she does make the most of this tragedy that she has suffered through. Write a book, make a movie, whatever. Many people, including prisoners make the most of their stories to get through things. They make a ton of money doing it too, but so what? If it gets our attention and helps us understand, isn't that what matters? I think she earned the right to get through her grief any way that she can. And in this book she is doing that, while at the same time she is providing those of us involved with youth an insight to the results that "Tough Love" can provide.
Read this book, or don't read it, it's your choice. However, don't criticize the author for taking the courage to write it because her daughter "might not" have said yes in the Library just before her death. The fact of the matter is, she DID say yes in her life.
God bless you all.