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Day of Reckoning: Columbine and the Search for America's Soul

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Many of Days of Reckoning

    I feel that this book is a good view on the Columbine tradgey. The writer seems to focus more on the negative parts of the tradgey. The way the author goes on having a christian view about this whole ordeal. "Young people nationwide (perhaps worldwide) saw the story as a rallying cry to commit their lives to God, and more, to be willing to die for him, if necessary, as Cassie did" (pg 78 Zoba). The way the author focused on the question whether or no Cassie Bernall said "yes" to beliveing in God or not distracted my thoughts for the rest of the book. Wondering if she had said "no" what could of happened. Many stories went around about the poeple whose lives had changed. "There was the aloof father who raced home to hug his kids and recommit himself to their nurture; there was the mother who sobbed unabashedly in front of her bewildered children as images from Littleton poured from her television" (pg 12 Zoba). After all the massacre ended many families soon knew that what they had, they need to cherish for the rest of their lives. The families that had lost someone just had to depend on the ones who are still there. Many months have passed since the tradgey has happened. People still don't believe that something like this could of happened. "Mark Taylor credited God for his having survived seven gunshot wounds" (pg 138 Zoba). Mark didn't think that God would be there for him that day but he was. God was by his side taking care of him and everyone else. The chapter One More Bus had a part that showed their tactics on what to do that very bad day. Step by Step the day was planned out to every minute. When police got there they were faced with "Unbelievable Craziness". When the police gave a speech many families believed that they were lied to and betrayed. Rachel Scott went to a park with a small group and the leader was Lori Johnson. Lori was there to comfort Rachel and all the others in this time of tradgey. Lori asked Rachel to takes walks in the park to relive stress. When taking these walks Rachel started to write these hard times in her journals. One year later the author returned to Columbine to attend the one year anniversary. Many people didn't know what to expect from all this but everyone was welcomed. The way God was portrayed in this was that he was a savior for all the people that survived that worrible day. I did not like how the author wrote about how the boys had a plan on what they were going to do. That plan should of never came about, it made me feel that they were doing this just for fun. Further more I liked that how many people believe that God was there that day to help out a lot and save lives. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to know more about the Columbine tradgey or someone that just likes a good read.

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