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She Said Yes (2 Cassettes)
     

She Said Yes (2 Cassettes)

by Misty Bernall (Read by)
 
On the morning of April 20, 1999 Cassie Bernall, a 17-year-old junior at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, was a typical teenager having a typical day. What nobody knew was that by the end of the day, two of her classmates would storm the school, guns blazing, and kill as many people as they could. Confronted by her killers, Cassie had been asked, "Do you

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On the morning of April 20, 1999 Cassie Bernall, a 17-year-old junior at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, was a typical teenager having a typical day. What nobody knew was that by the end of the day, two of her classmates would storm the school, guns blazing, and kill as many people as they could. Confronted by her killers, Cassie had been asked, "Do you believe in God?" and she had answered "Yes." With that single word, a brave young woman who stood firm in the face of death was catapulted into the consciousness of the entire nation.

In concentrating on Cassie's exchange with the gunmen who killed her, people have been quick to call her a martyr. In a way, this is not surprising. It is only natural to to try to forge meaning from the wreckage of a senseless tragedy. But, by focusing on that one final, decisive moment, the complexities of the far more remarkable story behind it have been left untold. Until now.

In She Said Yes, Cassie's mother has broken her silence to reveal the dramatic journey of a daughter who was, at one point, traveling down a troubled path very similar to that of her killers. It's a story of growing up in the 90s, of peer pressure, adolescent turmoil, and the tough choices parents make. It's also a story of maternal loss - of nightmares and fears, of dreams and hopes dashed by the cruel realities of death at an early age. But in the end, it's a story of redemption more enduring than the massacre that cut it short.

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Trudi Miller Rosenblum
Cassie Bernall was one the victims of the high school shootings in Littleton, Colo., who when asked by the killers if she believed in God answered "Yes". But what makes Cassie's story so fascinating is that only a few years earlier, she was heading down a path very similar to that of the teenaged killers. Obsessed with death, hate, and the occult, she loved Marilyn Manson, cut her arms periodically, wrote long letters to her best friend in which she graphically detailed murdering her parents, and even sold her soul to Satan in a ceremony. When her parents discovered the letters, they took swift action by cutting off all contact with her destructive friends and sending her to a private Christian school. Cassie naturally rebelled against the restrictions, but when she became friends with one girl there, her healing began. The friend took her to a weekend youth retreat that, although it had a Christian theme, was low-key with fun activities for young people and an audience that included lots of Goth-dressing cool kids. Cassie felt comfortable there, and over the course of time she straightened herself out and embraced religion. Eventually, she transferred to Columbine High, a move that ultimately led to her death.

Misty Bernall, Cassie's mother, reads the audio straight from the heart, and it's impossible not to be moved. When she recalls finding out about her daughter's murder and enduring the terrible weeks of grief that followed, her voice is tearful, and in a few places it's obvious she broke down and had to stop the tape until she could compose herself enough to go on.
Billbooard

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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 about--and affirmed--her 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 Cahners Business Information.
Melanie C. Duncan
After the traumatic events in Littleton, Colorado, in the spring of 1999, the impact of the single word "Yes" reverberated around the globe sending shockwaves throughout the Christian and secular communities. When asked if she believed in God, Cassie Bernall said "Yes" and died. In doing so, she was elevated to the status of martyr, a status her mother Misty believes overshadows the truth of her daughter's life.
On April 20 at Columbine High School, two troubled young men lashed out at a world they felt hated them and thus destroyed the lives of unsuspecting families. As Misty Bernall recounts the long wait for Cassie to come home and the discovery that she would never hold her daughter again, she also remembers a different Cassie. A Cassie who hung out with a group of kids who dabbled in Satanic worship and contemplated killing the Bernalls to free Cassie from their "control."
Misty makes no excuses for her daughter nor does she place the blame solely on the other kids, but the Bernalls were willing to do anything to save her from herself. They turned her letters over to the police who said these were the worst letters written by a juvenile that they had seen in more than ten years. The parents of the other girl involved, called "Mona" to protect her identity, were upset at having their daily routing interrupted for a "phase" the girls were going through. Then Misty and her husband Brad went one step further: they left behind their dream house and Misty quit work to concentrate on Cassie. By saving her life at this time, they gave Cassie the opportunity to renew her bond to Christ to serve Him in Littleton.
The untrained voices of Misty, Brad and Chris provide a strength to this rendition that a trained voice would have lacked. The loss echoing in their voices does not hide their love for their daughter/sister/friend, nor does it hide their pride in her strength and devotion to her calling. A highly emotional tale suitable for all collections, but not recommended as listening while in the car.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567404920
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
09/09/1999
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
3
Product dimensions:
4.08(w) x 7.07(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

Misty Bernall is a financial analyst for Lockheed Martin and lives in Littleton, Colorado, with her husband Brad, their son Chris, and two German Shepherds, Heidi and Reese. It was at Littleton's Columbine High School that her daughter Cassie was murdered in one of the most horrific massacres in recent memory.

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