My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read this book a few months back and somehow couldn’t find the words to properly review it. Many parts left me feeling depleted, solemn, and disturbed. But I was also immensely inspired.
Rachel’s Tears — a heartbreaking but enlightening telling of the Columbine massacre — provides you with an uncomfortable front row seat to the horrific story behind the story. This touching memoir focuses on a young girl’s journey to faith, and her unfortunate, untimely, and heinous execution for embracing that faith.
I remember following this story in stunned silence as it happened, along with the rest of the world. But these haunting pages brought a certain raw reality to that savagely heartbreaking attack.
There are other accounts of this story, told through various perspectives — but this book in particular offers honest insight of the events, and centers around Rachel: a young, kindhearted Christian girl, who was still finding her way in life through God. Her good-natured spirit and staggering wisdom became the driving force of this memoir.
This story is told from the perspective of Rachel’s parents, whose unconditional love and pride for their daughter seemed to exceed even the pinnacle of their pain. Although their suffering is evident, their message stands as a ray of hope — not as a portal for despair.
There are excerpts of Rachel’s poetry and journal entries included, as well as images of her beautiful, alarmingly intuitive drawings. These excerpts brought Rachel and her story to life in a visual and almost tangible way, and instantly became the most inspiring aspects.
Rachel’s life may have been unjustly cut short, but her death was not in vain. Rachel leaves behind her legacy: a legacy of hope, faith and goodness — to which this book will remain a true testament.