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Rachel's Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott Study Guide & Plot Summary

Beth Nimmo
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"Rachel's Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott" by Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott with Steve Rabey Is a story written by parents of a girl who was killed in the shootings at Columbine High School in 1999. After her death, they found journals and other writings that showed them that their daughter had an intimate relationship with God. They share her writing and their experiences in this book to help others who struggle with faith.

Everyone has a unique way of worshiping, and Rachel communicated with God through her writing. After her parents looked at what she had written, they got a glimpse into her relationship with God. They realized that she knew that she was going to die young.

April 20, 1999 began as a regular day. By the end of the day however, over two dozen students were injured and 12 students and a teacher were found dead. As the world was notified of horrifying events that were occurring in the Columbine high school, Rachel's parents joined other families frantically trying to get hold of the children. Their son, Craig, survived, but Rachel was shot and killed as she ate lunch outside with a friend. After her funeral, the family members began to find things that Rachel had written. They realized that the girl was brutally honest with God in her writing. She expressed doubts about faith, but she never doubted God's sovereignty.

Although people tried to make Rachel and some of the others out as saints, she was just as normal as everyone else. She had weaknesses, but instead of being crushed by the weaknesses, she took them to God and used them as learning experiences.

Millions of viewers around the world watched Rachel's funeral, learning about her life and love of God. The public wrestled with the fact that evil could come to such a place, but those boys were not alone. In private, anonymous Internet chat rooms, many people identified with the feelings of anger and alienation that led the boys to their violent demonstration. Rachel knew about alienation and hurt, but she was able to share her feelings with God through her journals. Her method of fighting back against the evil in the world was using love and kindness.

While she was living, Rachel had a passion for drama. She connected with other students during a school play and missed some meetings at Breakthrough, a youth cell group she attended for spiritual renewal. The group believed strongly in prayer and meant a lot to her, according to her journals. After her death, Rachel's brother went to the meetings to heal. He determined to continue reaching out to others where his sister left off.

Rachel's parents wanted to reach out to others as well. Feeling that the tragic events occurred from a youthful generation that lacked moral and spiritual foundations, they took a message of kindness to the road. They traveled around the country, encouraging youth to begin a chain reaction of kindness.

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