Chain Reaction: A Call to Compassionate Revolution

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Rachel Scott and her killer Eric Harris both talked about starting a "chain reaction." Eric used violence to kill and destroy at Columbine High School. But Rachel chose another path. In a personal creed she wrote one month before her death in the Columbine tragedy, she explained her conviction that if one person goes out of his or her way to show compassion, it will start a world-changing chain reaction of kindness.

For Rachel, this was a solemn calling. And now her father, ...

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Overview

Rachel Scott and her killer Eric Harris both talked about starting a "chain reaction." Eric used violence to kill and destroy at Columbine High School. But Rachel chose another path. In a personal creed she wrote one month before her death in the Columbine tragedy, she explained her conviction that if one person goes out of his or her way to show compassion, it will start a world-changing chain reaction of kindness.

For Rachel, this was a solemn calling. And now her father, Darrell Scott, is carrying on her crusade by challenging people of all ages to commit themselves to creating a revolution of compassion that can make a real difference in our troubled world.
Chain Reaction spells out this challenge in compelling detail, providing moving examples of practical compassion and giving illustrations from Rachel's life and journals.

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In the midst of a ghastly tragedy, Darrell Scott saw human possibility. Scott, the father of Columbine victim Rachel Scott, has launched a movement of kind acts — one person at a time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785266808
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 639,855
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

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 andis 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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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    great book!

    This book is a great guide for forgiveness and moving forward. In The Chain Reaction, by Darrell Scott, a father describes the message that his daughter left behind for the world. This message, that one simple act of kindness can inspire a chain reaction, is what gave Darrell meaning for moving on. Darrell feels that God's plan for his life is sharing his beloved daughter's philosophy. Some of the major themes or messages of this book are forgiveness, kindness, moving forward and the effects of your actions. I liked this book because of all the positivity that it entails. This book makes you really step back and decide what effect you want to have on the lives of others. It, in essence, provides you with a clean slate, or a fresh start. People should read this book if they are in need of a "life evaluation" or if they need to reevaluate their outlook on the simple thing. Overall, I think this book was a great tool to help me appreciate the little things and know that all things I do, little or small, can have any sort of affect on others.

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  • Posted September 23, 2010

    Highly Recommended- start your chain reaction!

    Rachel Scott was an incredible girl with brilliant ideas that she implemented in her life up until the moment she was killed at Columbine High school in 1999. This book, written by Rachel's father, is a reflection of the impact Rachel's life had on not only him, but everyone else around her as well. Darrell Scott, uses examples from his life, modern day life, and historical evidence to challenge the reader to create their very own chain reaction just as Rachel Scott did. He uses his daughter's life as a prime example of how a little drop of kindness can cause a ripple effect. Scott's main goal when writing the book was to use the tragedy in his life to inspire people to become more like Rachel and create their own legacy. His main goal is not to make the audience feel sorry for his loss, but rather take this loss and live a life that the reader can be proud of. Scott takes concrete examples and writings from Rachel's life and uses them as the guidelines which is one of the things I appreciated. Rather than only telling the reader what to do, Scott shows that it is truly possible through illustrating his daughter's life, morals, and actions. I also liked how Scott spoke to the reader like a good friend. I felt like I could relate to him even though I hadn't been through any of the things he had. This closeness made me deeply consider my own life and actions and the legacy I want to leave. I loved how this novel was both a reflection of Darrell Scott's life, but also a self reflection. The one thing about the book that can become frustrating is that Scott repeats numerous thoughts and main ideas. The reason for this is to continue to remind readers to consider their lives and become better people, but at times the repetitiveness can become distracting. When reading the sixth chapter, I could've sworn I just had read the same thing in the previous chapter. Although I was sidetracked at times by this, I still thoroughly enjoyed and became inspired by the book. Most of us need to examine our lives every once in a while to get back on track with what we are reaching for. I would strongly recommend this book for those of us who need a push to start back in the right and positive direction and also for those who want to make a change, but do not know how. This book is a guide to evaluate your life and do something with it. The only question that remains is: are you ready to start your own chain reaction?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2008

    accept the challenge

    recently an assembly was given at my school that was started by the scott family in honor of their daughter. everyone was so moved by it that there were few dry faces by the end and i felt the need to but this to learn more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2008

    An Angel from Heaven

    I had attended a seminar given by Rachels brother earlier this year. I was so moved by his story that I had to order this book to learn more. I was very happy with the book and was so inspired by the love and compassion that one child could have. I know that Rachel is looking down at us from Heaven. She is a true Angel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2001

    Very moving

    When I first picked up this book I coulnd't put it down. It's amazing how one simple act of kindess can change a person. Rachel's story has touched me deeply since the columbine shootings 2 years ago. I think everybody should read this book Darrell Scott did a wonderful job writting this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2001

    Powerful, Inspiring and Honest

    I have read the book Chain Reaction and I have had the honor of hearing Darrell Scott speak. My life has never been so greatly affected by a family I have never met. Rachel Scott who was murdered along with 12 other wonderful people have had a huge impact on my life. I thank all the families and I thank you for this book. I appreciate the fact that you show Rachel to be a normal young lady with normal problems. But her compassion for others was not normal and I will continue her acts of kindness in loving memory of all who were taken from us that day in April!

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