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Surviving Columbine: How Faith Helps Us Find Peace When Tragedy Strikes Paperback – March, 2004

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On the morning of April 20, 1999, Columbine High School junior Liz Carlston struggled with writing an English essay about a hero she knew—someone who was honest, selfless and courageous. She could not think of a person to write about. By day's end, after Carlston had lived through the horrific shootings and bombings at her school, she had many choices for such a hero, including her basketball coach, who did not allow himself to die from his chest wounds until every student in a classroom where he retreated had been rescued. In this book, Carlston joins friends and fellow Columbine graduates Amber Huntington and Michael Johnson in telling a story of tragedy and hope. Although Carlston was evacuated early on, Huntington was forced to hide under a desk in the library while students around her were killed, and Johnson was shot in the leg and the neck, requiring multiple surgeries. All three students drew on their faith in God and the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help them cope with the devastation and its aftermath. Huntington struggled with panic attacks, depression and survivor's guilt for nearly three years, but now realizes that life is a tremendous gift and that God has always been with her. This inspiring story will speak to anyone who has ever recovered from the unthinkable.
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Retelling the terrifying experiences of Columbine High School students five years ago-one of those her own-Liz Carlston describes the journey three students made from the horrific hours when the shots rang out to the peace they have now found in life. These three who experienced Columbine firsthand share with readers how important it is to keep hope and happiness even during uncertain times, and that somehow Heaven will help us surmount overwhelming challenges.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Co (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590382668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590382660
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,420,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I picked up this book after reading some other stories of hope from the survivors of Columbine and the people surrounding them, and I must say that this was one of the best so far! While only Liz is credited as the author, this book is actually told along with two of her friends who were also at Columbine and one friend's mother. The four of them have different stories relating to Columbine but the book has one main message; there IS hope and healing. If you're looking for some gory details about the massacre, this is not the book for you. This book tells stories of survival and finding peace and coming to forgive after a tragedy like Columbine.

Thankfully the book spares sensitive readers the grimmer aspects of the massacre itself, but it is very emotionally packed. The authors share their stories that are both inspiring and sad, sometimes funny and sometimes some that will bring you to tears! Overall it is a very moving book that is beautifully written. At times it is very heartbreaking but in the end the stories are heart-warming and deals with real-life problems we all face daily, but most of all it inspires.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about the triumphs that came out of Columbine and the survivors' stories, but also the ones who are searching for hope in their lives. This book just goes to show that light shines even in the darkest of environments. After the rain comes the sunshine, but the storm can last a long time.
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I'm really interested in Columbine and have many books about it.So I had to buy this one.Although the accounts were very dramatic and gripping, and although I found the book intriguing, it didn't grab my attention like I thought it would.The book offered up a couple of anecdotes about Eric and Dylan the day of the shooting that I did not know.And to me those were the most fascinating parts.The book is inspiring however and I commend all 3 authors for writing a book with a positive and encouraging message and relating their experiences.
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This book brings the Columbine tragedy home. I thought I was tired of hearing any more of what happened that day -- It makes me sick -- but reading the personal reaactions of these three participant/victims -- and especially how they have come away all the stronger for the experience, makes for uplifting reading. I shed a few tears, but thoroughly enjoyed the book. I'd recommend it to anyone, any age from teen to grandparent (which I am), and especially anyone who may need a lift.
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I read this book in one sitting.. I still vividly remember the day of the shootings in Colorado. It was weeks before my heart stopped hurting, but honestly, I hadn't thought of those who continue to hurt and recover even now, in several years. The story of these students really opened my eyes to the role of faith in healing. I cried at times while reading, but in the end, my own faith in God and His ability to heal was increased. This book was an entirely different approach to the events of that day in Littleton, an approach that will inspire and touch all who remember April 20, 1999.
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The Columbine shootings were a horrific event to be sure. But this book is more about the faith and hope that helped these kids survive Columbine than about the gory details of the day. I was impressed with Amber's story of endurance and recovery. I was touched reading about the miracles Miike experienced in the hospital. The editor (and Columbine survivor) Liz did a fine job of weaving the stories together to present an engaging and touching tribute to those who died--and those who lived.
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This is not about the details of what happened, as much as it is about how several Christian students used their faith in God to overcome the aftermath of this terrible tragedy. Suitable for all audiences and a real uplifting story. I highly recommend it!
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