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The Columbine tragedy in April 1999 pierced the heart of our country. In December 1999, we 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 afThe Columbine tragedy in April 1999 pierced the heart of our country. In December 1999, we 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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Rachel's Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott Reviews

  • Kristin (KC)
    2019-05-09 00:04

    *4 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.

  • Natalie Vellacott
    2019-05-08 05:12

    It's difficult to give a book like this a low rating due to the subject matter. Rachel Scott who tragically died in the Columbine school massacre, has been heralded as a martyr in this book. The author, Rachel's father, paints a picture of an almost saintly girl who inspired everyone around her and spent her time reaching out to the waifs and strays in American society. Some of the portrait may be true, there are certainly testimonies from those who were impacted by Rachel's life and witness. It is also clear that she had a sincere faith in God and was seeking to live her life according to His Will. We can be confident that she was a Christian and that she has gone to be with Jesus now.It is really her parents and other people that let the side down somewhat. Their theology is questionable, and worrying as her father was a pastor...Having read the extracts from her diaries, I don't think Rachel herself would have wanted to be made into a saint. She was a normal teenage girl who was working out her faith on a daily basis. Her father claims that one of the gun-men asked her whether she believed in God and then shot her when she stood up for her faith. Other accounts have questioned this and suggested that she was smoking on the school field with a friend when she died.Another friend suggested that Rachel wasn't trying to imitate Jesus or follow Him but was rather allowing Jesus to live through her and that this is what we should all be doing....I don't think this can be reconciled with Scripture. Her father also expresses some odd views about forgiveness stating that he would kill the offenders if he had the chance to get his daughter back. This might be an understandable emotional response for a parent, but from a Christian? There were other strange views expressed as well.I found it difficult to really get into this as only one side of the picture of Rachel's life is presented and there is a lot of repetition as the parents give their own accounts of what happened and they are similar. This book was okay, but not very objective. Rachel's diary entries alone may inspire some and challenge them, but maybe without the parents comments running alongside. We can all agree that it was a terrible tragedy for this family and others.There is no overt bad language, but the author often uses the first letter of various swear words with the correct number of letters blanked out to allow a reader to figure out the word. This isn't helpful as a reader will hear the word in their mind. There are obviously violent scenes although they are not graphic and there is no graphic sexual content.

  • Troy
    2019-05-19 06:31

    I almost want to label this as fiction. As a Christian myself, I have no probllem with stories of people who truly act the Christian way, but in more fact-laden books, like Dave Cullen's investigative account of the whole incident, it was revealed that Rachel's incident never happened. I suppose people believe what they want to, and my heart goes out to her parents, who felt that her death should be immortalized somehow, in the midst of a senseless act of violence.

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-08 07:19

    Stephanie JonesBiographyI am still speechless after reading this book. It really hit home and made me realize how cruel the world can be. Rachel Joy Scott was an ordinary, fun-loving teenager, but she had a major strike against her- she was a Christian. Two of her fellow male classmates constantly ridiculed her, and Rachel even lost friends because of her beliefs. In this book, the people who knew her best share the final days of Rachel’s life through their thoughts and her own personal thoughts and drawings from her journal. Because of her faith, she lost her life in the tragic 1999 shooting at Columbine High School. The killers asked Rachel while she ate lunch with a friend if she loved God and she replied yes and was shot and killed. Reading this story made me seriously think about what I would do if I were in that position. I could definitely relate to Rachel when she said, "God is going to use me to reach young people. I don't know how, I don't know when..."

  • Melissa Bond
    2019-05-14 01:30

    I have gone back & forth on whether or not to review this book. It is a deeply personal reveal of mourning for Rachel Scott's family. I mean no disrespect to the family in my opinion of this book, but I found it difficult to read - and believe. In the years following the tragedy of Columbine, more information has come out about each of the victims. What has been revealed of Rachel Scott is that she was a target of the two gunman for her beliefs, and her reputation that conflicted with them. It was reported she was outside during lunch, smoking a cigarette with a friend when she was murdered. There was no mention she had the opportunity to speak, not until this book saying she was the one who was martyred for her beliefs by one final statement of standing by them. I felt that her parents wanted to believe this version of her last moments, rather than what is widely reported. The book read as a desperate need for Rachel's family to erase her reputation, and replace it with an image of a wise & compassionate saint. They chose snapshots of their daughter's most private thoughts to create that image, making it feel pretentious and contrived. I also noticed many comparisons her family made between Rachel and Cassie Bernall, another victim whose death was turned into martyrdom by her family. Rachel's family made sure to point out Cassie Bernall's interest in the occult, and her reputation for practicing Satanism, as if to make Rachel the more vertible martyr. With every page, I had to remind myself this book was about a teenager - a child. I questioned the rationality of her parents exposing their daughter's secrets such as her sexual behavior, drug use, and secrets she both confided in them, and in her journals. I ended up with a sadness of how her life was ended, and how her memory was used. Her family knows Rachel best, and how she would feel of this book being written, but as a reader, I didn't feel I learned who Rachel Scott was, just what her family wanted her to be. Every victim of the Columbine tragedy leaves behind a memory that is no more or less impactful than the other. Most of them had yet to realize what their life was meant to be, just starting out on the journey to discovering themselves. Turning them into martyrs, as if their death had more meaning than their peers who lost their own life, somehow seems obscene to me. If this wasn't written by Rachel Scott's parents, I would have felt outrage that such a young child, victim to a national tragedy, was exploited. I didn't feel a sense of spiritual growth or enlightenment by reading this, only a question of why this book was necessary. It cannot be erased how Rachel Scott died, and it just feels like that was the motivation for this book to come about. It's impossible not to feel such deep pain for her family, especially when their grief is made as public as this, as it exposed a sense of their denial, anger, and resentment. Their emotions are a little too raw for it to translate well to readers, leaving who Rachel Scott truly was lost in that translation.

  • Kristin Bateman
    2019-04-25 01:27

    I do not give this a rating of merely 2 stars very lightly. To take Rachel's story and to rate it so low would be a travesty and diservice to her memory. However, to me, this was not Rachel's story, but her grieving parents' request to bring Christ to the classroom.I am a public educator. I have seen "Rachel's Challenge." However, in the final pages, both of her parents state that including religion back into public education might have prevented this.I'm sorry, but it's not that simple.And for that I give this book 2 stars.

  • Laura
    2019-05-10 04:23

    I always have one of these on hand because I always end up giving it away. Rachel's story really moves me. The way she wasn't afraid to be different. The way she stood for her faith. It wasn't about April 20, 1999. What was so amazing was how she lived her life everyday. She's an inspiration.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-05-19 08:05

    Rachel's Tears is a very well-written and inspirational true crime novel, but I think it makes a very spacious claim to suggest that the two Columbine shooters were just anti-Christian. This tragedy had nothing to do with religion, faith or lack thereof. The Columbine shooting was the result of two mentally ill psychopaths who never got the help they needed until it was too late and they ran amuck killing innocent people. I also wouldn't necessarily call Rachel a "martyr"; she, like the eleven other victims, was just a teenage girl caught in the crossfire of a horrible crime.

  • Eva
    2019-05-07 05:25

    Actual rating: 4.5'I'm Not Ashamed' is one of my favorite movies, so I was doubly interested in reading this book. It was emotional, powerful, gripping, and inspiring. Thank God for believers like Rachel - and may we all take up her challenge to start a chain reaction through compassion and kindness.

  • 84-The_enlightment_of_Doctor_Grace_part5_Jesus
    2019-05-05 05:18

    "God is going to use me to reach young people. I don't know how, I don't know when..." - Rachel Joy ScottRachel's Tears by Beth Nimmo is about Columbine martyr Rachel Joy Scott. Various people who knew her write about that tragic day and the type of person Rachel was.Her brother Craig was also there but survived by pretending to be dead. He got up and led people out even though his two best friends were killed. Rachel was eating lunch with a friend when she was shot and killed. Rachel was just like any regular teen. She loved acting and hung out with friends. The only difference was she wasn't afraid to share the gospel and she loved people everyone else made fun of. One boy with a disorder who had no friends met her one day. Rachel asked if he had ever gone on a date. He said no. So she said she would take him on a date. The date never happened because of her death. She kept journals were she wrote to God, in which she wrote a lot about not making it through 1999 {the here of the shooting}. When she talked to people and people talked about her getting married or having kids, she would get quiet and act as if the future was not even going to happen for her. In one of her journals she wrote, "This will be my last year Lord. I have gotten what I can. Thank you." Many times she would talk to Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, the gunmen, in classes. One of them supposedly had a crush on her. But it was an on going war. They were violent, and she was kind and loving. She has inspired millions of people because of her death.The morals of this story is never hide your faith, God can turn something bad into something beautiful, and tommorow is not a promise. Rachel and another girl were asked right before they were shot, did they believe in God. When they answered yes they were shot. Most of the students killed were Christians. On video blogs the killers ranted about hating people with faith. But lots of people have come to light because of them. It is interesting about the people who died that day. At the end of the book, it points out that Years ago, a teacher {Jesus Christ} and his twelve students {the disciples} brought change to the Earth. Twelve students and one teacher were killed at Columbine, changing history forever. The first Teacher was called the "Son of David," and the teacher at Columbine last name was David. The First teacher was called "The Lamb of God". Rachel's name meant lamb. She also preformed a mime to the song "Watch the Lamb." Reading what family and friends wrote about her, Rachel was willing to give up everything. Five of her friends dumped her because she loved God so much. She still would not denounce her faith. She struggled like any other teen, but she always went out seeking the solutions to her problems. Most people would have given up at the start, but Rachel pressed on, spreading joy even when she was in pain. And if that doesn't show faith, then I don't know what does.

  • Brittany
    2019-05-17 02:27

    Her family came to speak at my school, and while I feel sorry about the tragedy that was Columbine. I found all of this to be a work of bullshit. A hopeful load of crap that seems very fabricated. It is a tragedy these people died, but that's it.

  • Winter Thibodeaux
    2019-05-04 05:22

    I loved this book. I finally started a prayer journal because of this book. This girl's faith, when she was the same age as me, in the face of adversity is SO inspiring. It revealed exactly where I was lacking in my walk with God. It's like shining a spotlight on just the right area in your heart that you haven't completely given to God. EVERY Christian should read this if they want a role model that shows what a TRUE Christian is. When asked what religion they are, people will almost automatically say "I'm a Christian", but what the world usually forgets is that the word "Christian" means "Christ-Like." So how many of us are really Christians???

  • Jackie
    2019-05-08 05:31

    Ummm, I guess it was okay. I did like the columbine exerts and the forgiveness aspect, but it was REALLY over the top preachy and "Jesus-y." Even being religious myself, I found it too much. I skipped TONS of it and skimmed lots of it.

  • Shadowdenizen
    2019-05-01 08:10

    Reviews of books like this are always tough to write. It's really easy to come across as callow and judgey, given that the subject I'm writing about was brutally murdered for no good reason at all, so I hope this review comes off as respectful but honest, since this book really did enlighten and uplift me after reading it.I was led to this book after watching the film "I'm Not Ashamed." While I respect that film (I can't say I ENJOYED it, given the subject), I also felt like it had an agenda to it, instead of just being a genuine depiction of Rachel. (I can objectively see why some people found this book preachy, but it really didn't come off that way to me at all, where the movie totally did.)This book more than remedies that, giving us an honest look at a young girl going through a profound change at one of the most tumultous times of a persons life. I was emotionally drained after reading this, realizing that, while she left an indelible legacy behind, it's not the legacy she should have had, not the legacy she deserved.But at the same time it left me feeling uplifted and inspired, knowing that her short life is STILL touching so many people, and will continue to do so.

  • Melody
    2019-05-12 00:03

    I'd give this book 10 stars if I could.I picked this up at a giveaway on Saturday, and finished reading it on Sunday. The reason I loved this book is because this 17-year-old was consumed by her Lord and allowed Him to work in her, and above all, wasn't too afraid or 'stuck up' to be able to show her light to cast-outs and kids who thought no one loved them. It was very humbling to read how Rachel continually sought God and His will for her, always keeping her eyes upward. Public school must've been tough enough (especially for a Christian), without having to deal with the many worldly temptations such as drinking and cigarettes. This young lady was truly a woman after God's own heart, and right now she is wearing a martyr's robe. I can't wait to meet her in Heaven!!!!The book itself was written by Rachel's father and mother, who both spoke about the root problems that really caused the terrible shooting at Columbine High school that day in 1999. It wasn't inadequate gun laws, or not enough security measures, etc. Mr. Scott spoke of the day in 1963 when prayer was taken out of schools, and about the almost non-existent quality--or quantity-- time parents spend with their children, building in them a Godly heritage and simply letting them know how much they love them. They spoke about the need for us to just have a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, instead of focusing on legalism. If we will only seek His will for us individually, we will be able to do such great things for Him!

  • Lauren
    2019-04-23 06:11

    Shots rang out on the campus of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado the morning of April 20, 1999. Rachel Joy Scott was eating lunch with a friend, Richard Castaldo, just outside the school. She was shot and injured. The gunman, a fellow student, asked her if she still believed in God. She answered “You know I do.” She was shot again, at point blank range to her head. Fatal.After her death, journals Rachel had kept were found both in her home and in the backpack she had been wearing that fatal morning now bearing the scar of a bullet hole. These journals are the basis for Rachel’s Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott, 10th Anniversary Edition.Rachel’s Tears will take you on an utterly fascinating journey into the life, love, heart and soul of Rachel Joy Scott. You will become Rachel’s friend and confidant as you read actual excerpts from her journal in her handwriting. You will feel excitement. You will feel pain. You will feel confusion. You will feel peer pressure. You will feel love. And above all, you will feel faith. Rachel’s faith. And passion for Jesus Christ. It will blow you away. It will move you, especially when you learn how faith prepared her for martyrdom. A must read.

  • Jemma
    2019-04-20 01:09

    I had heard so much commotion about this book and I knew it would have to be put on my list of 'to read' only I wish I had read it sooner! Rachel inspired me in such a magnificent way, her ability to speak to God in a way I never even thought was possible really made me look at my own faith! It really was beautiful and I will most certainly read it again sometime! Please read this, you can make up your own mind about it but it won't waste your time!! God can love you in a special way that Rachel acknowledged and with her mature mindset she conquered a very engaged and strength provided faith! Very thought-provoking!

  • Anna
    2019-05-19 04:33

    I wasn't up for reading this book at all.

  • Raechel
    2019-04-27 04:23

    Read it several years ago, so I don't know what I'd rate it, but I remember it as being good. A bit of a tear-jerker, but good.

  • Jacquelyn Ehrle
    2019-04-24 05:12

    The book Rachel's Tears by Darrell Scott was a great nonfiction book about a teenage girl's spiritual connection with god. After being a victim in the famous Columbine shooting in Littleton, Colorado, her parent's grief with her death only to find a journal of her communications with god and her strong Christian beliefs. "What is life without living with the life maker"(Rachel,25) is a quote from her diary that prospered her parents idea of her being more than an average teenage Christian, they suspected her of being a strong Christian that communicates to god. Her parents releasing that their daughter had more faith then presumed, the keep searching her dairy for her secrete life with god and to remember the memories of their beloved daughter. As chapters of the Columbine shooting, effects of Rachel's death, and journal entry's to god fill this book you will question your own religion. Ironically this book did not effect me with the sad shooting of Columbine and all the people passing away but effected me by questioning my connection with god and the community. After reading this book I now feel the urge to be more spiritually connected with god and trust him by spreading his words and kindness. "God loved her and wanted her to trust him"( Rachel,74) describes my new ambition to connect with Jesus. This book has definitely impacted my life and encouraged my religion to a new level. But not only in my option has this book affected my christainanity it has also affected my outlook of others religions. Rachel having such a strong connection with god, opened my eyes to believe others religious beliefs and claims they have incounterd. The quote " young peopple may not see a lot of examples of this kind of dedication in the people around them." (Scott,38) describes my realization of others strong beliefs and how sometimes you don't even recognize others personal religion.I gave this book four stars because it is very well written and will connect to you strongly about religion. Although some aspects of the book where questionable because they where to good to be true and some classmates even stated the book to be "unbelievable" or "plot was too stretched to be a non-fiction novel", despite these comments it was still a very moving novel with an eye opening tragedy.

  • Ellie
    2019-05-20 04:12

    I read Rachel’s Tears and I picked this book because the librarian said it was really good.The title relates to the story because Rachel was big into writing stuff in journals, so in one of her journals she drew a picture of herself with thirteen tears coming out of her eyes and turning into drops of blood. And on the day of the Columbine shooting, 13 people were killed.The purpose of this book is to tell Rachel’s story and how God worked through her and helped many people before the shooting.I think the best audience for this book would be high school kids and mainly adults.Three Facts: 1. Rachel Scott was one of thirteen people killed in the Columbine shooting. I have never known the names of the victims shot. 2. Everything Rachel did was because of her love for God. This is cool because she even tried to befriend the shooters before the attack. 3. Rachel’s parents are still going around and talking about their, and Rachel's story. I think it would be cool to hear the story.Theme: I think the theme of this book is that no matter what God puts people on this Earth for something and he put Rachel here to be a missionary.Reading Strategies: Preview: From the cover you could tell this was going to be about one of the Columbine victims. Connect: In school I have read other articles about the shooters and why they did what they did. Connect pt 2.: This book also made me realize that this could happen anywhere so we need to be aware and do anything we can to prevent it. This book was okay. It was all just repeating the same thing over and over. It was interesting to read about her story. I guess I would recommend it for people to read if they find non-fiction interesting.

  • Clair Duchene
    2019-04-22 00:09

    A very easy and interesting read. I originally was given the book from a friend when I was going through a hard time. I was raised Christian and this book very much spoke to me. I can understand the book being hard to read for people who may not be Christian, because that was very much a focal point. The reason for 3-stars is because some of the information seems like fiction and how the family may want people to perceive their daughter. Since reading this, her family went to my high school to speak out about Rachel's Challenge. It was an amazing experience and I learned more about this book. Currently there is a movie called I'm Not Ashamed in theaters that portrays this book very well.

  • J.E.B. Spredemann
    2019-04-27 02:12

    Excellent book about Rachel Joy Scott, a Christian teen that was murdered at Columbine High School. I read this book many years ago and I loved it at the time. I haven't read it recently, but my sixteen-year-old daughter reads it every once in awhile. She really enjoys the book. I recommend this book to everyone. You'll want to pass it on to a young person. Just be sure to have the tissues nearby because it'll probably cause a bit of tear shed. I also recommend She Said Yes about Cassie Bernal.

  • Danielle
    2019-04-20 08:25

    I had already heard the story of the amazing Rachel Scott before reading this book, as Rachel's Challenge visited my school and I've read "The Journals of Rachel Scott." So, her inspiring story was not new to me, yet this book gave me a fresh perspective. Her parents both wrote very eloquently, clearly demonstrating their love for their late daughter and her undying love for Christ. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially someone who is interested in real-life inspirational Christian stories. And you never know, after reading it, you just may decide to start a chain reaction :)

  • Anna-Marie
    2019-04-30 00:05

    This is a heart wrenching book but it is a must read. In the book, they have put lots of bits of Rachels diary in there, and songs that she wrote. There are also chapters from her mom and dad, about how they loved her and about there look on the school shootings. I own this book and Rachel's Smiles, which is the third book. Rachel's Smiles is about how her story changed the world. I really want you guys to read this, it is great.

  • Ashley Coker
    2019-05-08 01:14

    This is one of the most touching books I have ever laid eyes on! I actually bought for a friend for her birthday, but I just had to read, so I stayed up all night that night and read the entire thing in one sitting so I could give it to her the next day. I had goosebumps reading it, I so appreciate this book. I included a note with it, challenging her to pass on the book when she finished, this book should be read by everyone, no doubt.

  • Connor Hill
    2019-04-27 07:15

    one of the saddest books and actually brought me to tears. it was amazing to see the experience her actual family went through during the whole ordeal from when the news hit to the aftermath in the search for Rachel.

  • Amber
    2019-05-21 07:08

    This book shook me to my core when i first read it as teenager; it taught me how to fall in love with God and worship through journaling.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-18 08:20

    This book was very sad yet interesting. I can not begin to think about what Rachel's family was dealing with after the shooting. I learned many things I never knew about the Columbine tragedy. Rachel always wanted to start a chain reaction of friendship and kindness and I think through her legacy she has achieved that. I will definitely grab the torch and try to walk my talk just like Rachel did.

  • Trupti Dorge
    2019-04-29 02:07

    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 matchesBurned my hands,And he was not there,to care for me,He left me,In the dark alone,But I was not aloneYou 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.Reviewed on http://violetcrush.wordpress.comRating: Rounded from 3.5 to 4