Rachel's Tears: 10th Anniversary Edition: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott

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"I am not going to apologize for speaking the name of Jesus. . .If I have to sacrifice everything . . . I will." –Rachel Scott

The Columbine tragedy in April 1999 pierced the heart of our country. We later learned that the teenage killers specifically targeted Rachel Scott and mocked her Christian faith on their chilling, homemade videotapes. Rachel Scott died for her faith. Now her parents talk about Rachel's life and how they have found meaning in their daughter's martyrdom in...

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"I am not going to apologize for speaking the name of Jesus. . .If I have to sacrifice everything . . . I will." –Rachel Scott

The Columbine tragedy in April 1999 pierced the heart of our country. We later learned that the teenage killers specifically targeted Rachel Scott and mocked her Christian faith on their chilling, homemade videotapes. Rachel Scott died for her faith. Now her parents talk about Rachel's life and how they have found meaning in their daughter's martyrdom in the aftermath of the school shooting. Rachel's Tears comes from a heartfelt need to celebrate this young girl's life, to work through the grief and the questions of a nation, and to comfort those who have been touched by violence in our schools today. Using excerpts and drawings from Rachel's own journals, her parents offer a spiritual perspective on the Columbine tragedy and provide a vision of hope for preventing youth violence across the nation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400313471
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/17/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 212,685
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet 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 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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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Foreword xv
Introduction: The Book We Didn't Want to Write xvii
1. "Halls of Tragedy" 1
2. "Living with the Lifemaker" 25
3. Flawed but Faithful 39
4. Finding Hope in a Broken World 53
5. Love from Above 67
6. The Call to Commitment 87
7. Creative Compassion 102
8. No Solitary Soul 115
9. Parenting with Grace and Love 139
10. Anatomy of a Tragedy 149
11. Your Life, Your Choice 166
Appendix Picking Up the Torch 180
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2009

    An Amazing and Heartfelt Journey

    My teenager can't put it down! I also read the book and was brought to tears many times. This book is so touching. Rachel wrote down her experiences, thoughts and her relationship with God. As the reader you get to read her most intimate feelings.

    My teenage daughter has connected with this book on many levels. Even though this book stems from a tragic event something spiritual and amazing comes alive in the pages of Rachel's Tears.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

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    Rachel's Tears... A moving story that will bring you to tears.

    Rachel's Tears is a book written by Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott- the parents of the famous teenage martyr, Rachel Joy Scott. Rachel was one of thirteen victims to be killed on April 20, 1999 in the Columbine School Shooting. Rachel was known by her peers as someone who genuinely loved the Lord, loved life, and loved people. In this book, Rachel's parents retrace their steps of that day, and discuss dealing with such a tragic loss. Her parents feel as the world should know the real Rachel... good and bad. Several journal entries from Rachel's journals are inserted into the book which adds a personal touch from Rachel. Rachel's journals reveal to her parents and the world of the personal struggles she dealt with including that of sin, their divorce, and ridicule from other students at school. As any teenager does, Rachel only wanted to fit in but felt it hard to be accepted because of her decision to live for God. Her parents do not want Rachel do be held on some type of pedestal because although she died for her faith, she was simply just another sinner. She faced problems with boys, smoking, and lying. Her doubts of herself and the constant struggles with worldly problems only brought Rachel closer to God, forcing her to surrender completely to him. Her parents have questioned their own faith after reading Rachel's journals and hope that Rachel's story could impact other teens' lives.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book. In middle school, Rachel's Mom came to talk to our school and share Rachel's story. I was completely captivated and wanted to know more about Rachel Joy Scott. After reading this book, I am so surprised to realize that Rachel is a lot like me. Although we do not share the exact same struggles, I understand a lot of her questions and sin. It's so amazing that just an average girl's story could impact so many people. I do think that some extra background information could be added to the book for those who do not know anything about the Columbine shooting. In 1999, I was only 6 or 7 years old, so I probably wouldn't have known about this tragic event if her mother had not come to speak for my school.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2009

    Not sure what to make of this????

    I can understand after reading this why it has become such a rallying point for the Christian movement especially amongst the youth. It's now become a common favorite catch phrase amongst young Christian's "You can die for being a Christian" as a result of Scott and this book. While touching and moving it is also highly suspect in my opinion. Castaldo, who was the student with Scott when she was killed denies that the shooters asked her anything about her faith. By his account and that of other witnesses her death was instant without any exchange between her and the gunmen. I found the book grossly over rated and blatantly pandering to the "paranoia" of persuction seen so often in the Christian community of our country. While a good read I didn't agree with the content or objectivity of the writers.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2000

    Rachel was not a Christian martyr

    This book was written before the Sheriff's report was released. That report, based on police interviews with hundreds of witnesses, shows that the gunmen did not target Rachel Scott, and she did not die as a 'Christian martyr,' despite what the Publisher says. The report says the gunmen left bombs in the cafeteria, with timers set for 11:17. They went back to their cars for their guns, and then waited for the explosions. Nothing happened. As they walked back toward the school, one gunman started shouting 'Go! Go!' and then opened fire. There is no evidence that the gunmen taunted Rachel about her beliefs. The best explanation is that Rachel was the first person to see that the gunmen were carrying weapons. Once this happened, they couldn't go back and try it another day, so they decided to open fire on the spot. From the maps, the gunmen weren't close enough to Rachel to have a conversation or ask her questions. Nothing in their writings or videotapes show that the gunmen had picked out Christians as a group. They said, 'What would Jesus do? What would I do?' This shows the gunmen were aware of the Christian message, but not that anyone died for having a belief or their Faith.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    Highly Recommended- So Inspirational!

    I read thi book many years ago and was blown away at her pure heart and faith. It really inspired me to be better in the world. I picked up this book after seeing the horrors of Columbine on the news and wanted to somehow make sense of things. Although I cannot make sense of what happened... it's nice to know the beautiful faith Rachel was able to express in her life everyday at the school. Really well done.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

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    This book made me think...

    No one needs to be reminded of the Columbine Tragedy on April 20, 1999. So many lives wasted and so many young dreams shattered. This book is the spiritual journey of Rachel Scott, one of the victims of that tragedy. She was 17 at that time.

    Rachel was a girl who believed in God and was totally devoted to Jesus. She did not want to be in a specific group, she wanted to reach out to everyone, especially the ones who felt lost and alone at school. I was amazed by her passion for life and her strong faith. This is one of her poems,

    You said "that's bad"
    I said "so what"
    You said "He lies"
    I said "He's fun"
    You said "Please stop"
    I said "Shut up"
    You said "I love you"
    I said "Not now"
    But then the matches
    Burned my hands,
    And he was not there,
    to care for me,
    He left me,
    In the dark alone,
    But I was not alone
    You said, "I love you",
    I said "Why"
    You said, "Because I made you"

    Writing about this book was not easy. There are many things to consider. Firstly, Rachel as a person and her faith (I don't think I can find fault with that, nor I want to). The second is the purpose of the tragedy as the book puts it. And third is whether praying and believing in God would help keeping such tragedies in control.

    I don't think Rachel was a martyr or anything. But she was a girl with an extraordinary faith in God. And this was evident enough in her journal writings. Also, the book says that Rachael always wanted to spread the word of God and this is what happened after the Columbine Tragedy. God did it to "use Rachel" to spread his word. All those wasted lives and those mindless killings to spread his word is something I find very disturbing. I believe there is no excuse for something like this, not even saying it was one of God's plans. But if something good comes out of it eventually, well, nothing better than that.

    Finally, why did something like this happen and what could be made to stop it. The media at that time attributed all this to the violent video games and music, but that's hardly the complete picture. Obviously they were used to feed their anger but it was not the root cause. We should go deep into the psyche of the killers and try to understand why they did something like this.

    Can bringing religious values and prayer back to schools prevent kids from going over the edge? I'm not a very religious person myself and I don't think that you need to believe in God to keep your morals straight. But I do believe that some people are weak and when they are confused and angry and have no one to fall back on, faith and prayers do help. Believing in God could help if not cure.

    This book could be a good inspiration to teens who are confused and lost and don't know what to believe anymore. Rachel more or less struggled with the same things but comes to terms with them at some point.

    Finally, you might like this book a lot if you are a practicing Christian. You would like this book even if you are not very religious like me because you might enjoy (I'm not sure that's the right word) reading about someone as passionate and devoted as Rachel. If you are an atheist, good luck with it.
    Having said this, I would say that this book definitely made me think. And whether you like the book or not, it has impacted the lives of many people. Thats more than what Rachel's parents could hope for. http://br

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

    a must read

    This book s a must read for all students. It shows how voilence can obsorb someones mind into so much rage against others. This story has a heartwrenching inside look on a parents heartbreak, and the strenth to move on.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

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    Remembering the life of Rachel Scott

    In a few days, on April 20th, it will be the tenth anniversary of the Columbine tragedy. Two boys, armed with guns and bombs, killed 12 students and a teacher before turning the guns on themselves. One of those students was Rachel Joy Scott.

    Rachel was not the most popular, or the smartest, or the prettiest - but she had a light shining within her. This light was the love and personal relationship she with the Lord. This light was Jesus living inside her.

    Not until after her death did her parents even realize the depth of Rachel's personal relationship with Christ. This was discovered through the numerous journals and drawings that she left behind.

    Rachel's Tears gives us a glimpse of this amazing girl's short life. Told through stories and observations from her parents, family and close friends, we see what a special girl Rachel was. She reached out to anyone who was needing, regardless of race, popularity, looks, etc.

    Through writings from her journals we see her deep love for God and her willingness to serve Him and do His will. We also her humility and her struggles.


    Dear God,
    Why do I feel dry in Your Spirit? Why do I feel that the fire has died withing me, yet so many claim they see he light of You, oh God, burning brightly? Why do I have to feel moments of doubt, distrust, disbelief, stages of anger and stages of loneliness when it comes to You, Father? Why do I lose focus of you during praise and worship as well as prayer? Why can't I completely be consumed by You? Why can't I be used by You? Why do I feel self-righteous at times? Why do I feel afraid? (Rachel's Tears, p111 - an entry from her journal)

    This book has touched me in many ways. It makes me see how I would like to be with my walk with God - how I would like my family to be. It shows how God can take a tragic situation and use it for His good. It shows how one person, one child, can change so many.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

              The book Rachel¿s Tears, is by Rachel's parents, Beth

              The book Rachel’s Tears, is by Rachel's parents, Beth Nimmo and Scott Darrell. This book is about the Columbine Shooting in
     Colorado. Rachel was a martyr of her faith. She strongly believed in her Lord, and prayed a lot. People always looked at her and saw
     how strong she was in her faith. Everyone knew how much she believed and worshiped him. During this shooting, Rachel was outside
     with one of her friends. When she found out what was going on inside of the school, she got some of her friends together to pray. Her
    brother was in the school. She prayed hard for him to stay safe, and he did. I enjoyed this book because I am very strong in my faith,
    just like Rachel. She is a true role model to me. I would recommend this book for anyone who believes in a Christian or is interested
    in being a follower of God. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    The day of April 20, 1999, started off as a normal day. The clas

    The day of April 20, 1999, started off as a normal day. The classes at Columbine High
     School were in session, the students were happy, all except for two. Eric Harris and Dylan
     Klebold, the killers of this tragedy known  all around the world.The novel Rachel’s Tears by
     Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott, Rachel’s parents, is about their perspective of Rachel’s
     death. In the beginning Rachel is described as the teenager that everyone, her peers, her
     family, and anyone else the talks to. Her message is one being kind to everyone, including
     all people, and being a good role model. At the end of the book, Rachel’s loved ones learn
    to accept her death and treat it as a good thing. I liked this book because it showed how a
    bad thing can turn out to be a good thing in the end. Teenagers of all age would love this
    book because of the relatability of the book, for it can be related to almost every teen.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Amazing, could not put down

    This book is amazing. I cried about what happened on the 20th of April, 1999. When I watched the video of the shooters go into the library, and heard the phone call, I was soaking wet with tears. Rachel Joy Scott was A lovely girl who didn't know God's plans for her. A girl who, if she didn't eat outside that fateful day, would still be alive today. But she died for God, and when I do something kind, I can feel her smiling all the way up in heaven. Can't you see her folding chair next to God's throne?
    Xoxoxoxoxoxo to everybody that was effected by this....
    Mentally and physically.
    F.O.R LOVES YOU

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Touching!

    Very touching and thought provoking. Rachel definitely was a child of God and God definitely has her in his care.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2009

    Rachel's Tears

    On May 2nd, 1998, Rachel Joy Scott penned the following words:
    "This will be my last year, Lord. I have gotten what I can. Thank you."
    On April 20th, 1999, the United States was devasted by a school shooting in Columbine, CO; among the dead lay Rachel Scott. Though dead, this was not the end of her story. Her parents began reading her journals, which showed them her mistakes and shortcomings, her hopes and dreams, but most of all, her deeply rooted faith in her Creator. In 2000, Her parents published Rachel's Tears, a biography of sorts that chronicled her walk with God, complete with excerpts from her journal. This book has now been re-released by Thomas Nelson to remind a new generation of the frailty of life, but also to challenge them to a deeper walk with God.
    Reading through this book, we wonder how God could use such a tragedy for His glory. This is best explained at the end, where we realize the full meaning behind the title. Rachel shows through a drawing the impact that she would have on lives across the country through her and the 12 other students deaths. Through this book, her prophecy holds true as they continue to impact the lives of many, bring them to a deeper walk with God, as well as a greater understanding of God's infinite wisdom and strength. This book shows God's perfect strength in the face of tragedy, but also challenges you to re-examine your faith and give your all to Him to be used to impact the world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    Rachel's Tears...10 Years After Columbine...Rachel Scott's Faith Lives On

    What an incredible story of faith and trust in God. This girl who is but a young 17 years of age accepted Christ as her savior at the age of 12 and made the decision to live her life for the Lord. The outpouring of faith that this book gives of her personal journals and through relationships with friends and family is phenomenal.

    Rachel Scott was one of the victims that died in the horrendous school shooting 10 years ago at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. This book, just short of 200 pages is made up of first hand accounts and pages from her journals that she had compiled for about 5 years. It also has new interviews from her parents and several tributes of others caught in the tragedy. I found it incredible that she always seemed to have a sense that she would not live a long life. Her parents wrote the book and displayed may thoughts on her faith. One being that when she was a young girl she traced her hands on the back of her dresser and wrote these words above them: "These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott. One day they will touch millions of peoples hearts." What an incredible statement.

    Her love for people & for God gave her great strength & confidence. She, just like most christians, struggled with her faith from time to time but always seem to return to His graceful and loving arms. She always looked out for the underdog at school and everywhere else she went, refusing to conform to the standards that most kids place on their peers in todays day and age.

    I think this is the MUST READ book for teens today. It challenged my faith in Christ after reading about a 17 year old named Rachel's genuine love for Him and pursuit of him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2009

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    A touching story from a horrible tragedy

    This book was very touching. The story of Rachel Joy Scott, a student who was killed during the Columbine tragedy in April of 1999, is one that is filled with a strong faith in Jesus and God.

    Through the journals that Rachel kept, as a way to communicate with God, we are shown her personal struggles that come with living her faith on a daily basis. But the journals Rachel kept are not the only parts to this book. Rachel's parents Beth and Darrell take turns throughout the book talking about certain aspects of their lives before, during and after the tragedy. Their takes on the killer's lives, and the understanding that their daughter had with God.

    I found myself crying at so many points throughout this book. Rachel seemed to be a truly caring person, the kind of person that everyone wants to have in their lives. It is a shame that she was taken so early, but in her short life she seemed to have touched so many lives.

    While I did enjoy this book I think that toward the end it became somewhat redundant in that Rachel's parents seem to share the same kinds of tidbits about their lives with Rachel. I do not fault them for this, as I can not imagine the task of writing about the loss of a child let alone losing a child so young. But I am glad that they choose to share this story and I hope that through this reading people can find faith and hope.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2009

    Every parent should read this

    I accepted this book with reservations. Some might ask why I would have reservations with respect to someones experiences at Columbine. Well, it is easy for me to answer that question: Because it scared the living daylights out of me! I have children, and when this happened, I felt that their innocence was marred. I kept imagining myself in these kids parents' place. It made me cry! I still to this day remember Columbine and pray that kids that suffer from the issues that the two murderers had will seek help before they take it out on innocent peers.

    But, I went against my reservations about the book, and I am glad I did. While it is essentially written for younger adults, I enjoyed reading it. Right from the first chapter, I was getting tears in my eyes as I read the parents' perspective, and I was gripped by the words they said. As I read, I put myself in their shoes, and it made me cry.

    This is a really great book for teenagers to read. If nothing else, I think it would give them insight as to why parents act like they do sometimes. Our reactions to things are primarily driven by our love for our children! I still drop my daughter off at school with a nagging fear that someone will do the same sort of thing at her school. I suppose most parents that know of the Columbine tragedy would feel the same.

    By saying this is a great book for teens to read, that does not mean older adults and parents should not read it. You know, this really put words to the absolute adoration I have for my kids! I really think parents would do well to read this book, especially those dealing with tragedy with their children.

    One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book were the excerpts from Rachel's own diaries. While this seems to be very personal information, it gives the reader an in-depth look into the heart of Rachel. I really do believe that these writings are very sincere because one never expects folks to read your diary entries; they typically are very private.

    Some of the drawings were rather gripping as well. This young lady had a heart for the Lord that was truly amazing. As her parents state many times in the book, she had a relationship with the Lord that was beyond her years.

    I would very much recommend this book to folks at any age, starting with the teenage years (because I think it may be a little too much for younger folks). I did enjoy this book, and both my wife and youngest daughter are really wanting to read it!

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  • Posted February 25, 2009

    Rachel's Tears

    The story of the school shootings at Columbine has always haunted me. I can remember watching the news horrified at the tragedy that happened within the walls and halls of that high school. I remember hearing about the bravery of many of the students that were killed or injured that fateful day and being especially intrigued with a young lady named Rachel Scott. Her devotion and dedication to the Lord was evident to her friends, family, classmates, and to her attackers. Rachel's parents open up about their courageous daughter in Rachel's Tears.
    Rachel's parents each detail out the events of their daughter's life and the months and days leading up to the tragedy. Their viewpoints are different on a variety of the subjects, which is interesting. The book is also made up largely of excerpts from Rachel's private journals and diaries, found after the shooting. Many of her entries are prophetic in nature, which is fascinating. Her poetry, thoughts, and letters to God are also included.
    Rachel's Tears is not a newsreel of the events of that day. Though some details are shared, the focus is on Rachel and her story. Her relationship with God is inspiring, and her dedication remarkable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Rachel Joy Scott was a life touching person

    Rachel Joy Scott is a good inspiration to many,many people she belived she could change the world and she did to alot of people. I feel bad for all the people who died on April 1999. Rachel didn't deserve to die those boys just killed her at the shooting then they killed them selves. I'm really sorry for Rachels parents and her brother. They had to move on in their lives and try to not think about how Rachel died. I am really excited because I am learning about Rachel's challenge in school and I really want to learn more about her. I think that the people who died during the shooting,didn't deserve to die no one dserves to die that is the way life is. Rachel was a really good person she loved to help other people. RachelJoy Scott was a life touching person

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    To the person below me

    Either she knew it was going to happen, or she was an angel. I think she was an angel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Strange drawing seen in Rachel's diary...

    This drawing had a rose growing out of the ground, with what appeared to be blood dripping off it. And there was a single crying eye in the air. There were 13 tears from the eye, the same amount of people killed at the shooting. Also, at another point in the journal, there was a poem stating that "this is my last year". She was sixteen when that poem was written. Could it be that she knew the shooting would happen?

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