The Journals Of Rachel Scott: A Journey Of Faith At Columbine High | Book Review

Being a teenager is hard. Being a Christian teen is harder.

Ever since I learned of Rachel’s story this year, I’ve greatly desired to learn more. I shared her story in a post a few months ago.

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Since then I’ve desired to know more. I’ve greatly wanted to hear more from Rachel herself. As she was a writer, her family has access to all of the writing she’s left behind. I received this book as a birthday gift from my husband, and it’s definitely one of my most favorite books.

If you are a teen, this book is for you.

If you are a believer, this book is for you.

If you are struggling with faith in Jesus, this book is for you.

Rachel Scott was the first victim to be killed at Columbine on April 20th, 1999. She was 17 years old, and she was a Christian.

I deeply wanted to learn more about Rachel and how God spoke to her through her walk with Christ. That was when I stumbled upon this book.

This book has a lot of Rachel in it. Her poems, stories, quotes from a book she was writing, and more. Debra, who wrote from the perspective of Rachel, was given complete access to Rachel’s writing, and she spoke to many people in order to learn of Rachel and her personality. She spent about a year researching and learning about Rachel. I think Debra did a wonderful job. The book is written, for the most part, as if Rachel is telling her story to the reader. Struggles before receiving Christ, accepting Christ, challenges of being a Christian teen, etc.

Rachel learned that surrendering to Christ and submitting to Him is not easy. The book shares how Rachel was torn between Jesus and other influences. There were dark days Rachel had, this is seen in her writings as well. But at some point, Rachel decided she would follow Jesus completely, no matter the cost. She lost friends in school. She struggled with loneliness. Yet, what Rachel lost initially, she gained in many other ways.

The dialogue used reminds me of a lot of Christian teen bloggers I know. It’s very relatable, and teens would definitely connect. Looking back, I would have GREATLY related to Rachel, especially as a teen.

I myself was deeply affected while reading. There were many times, I would stop reading and discuss what I read with God. There were times I would stop reading and start praying for things that I, too, struggled with. Times I rejoiced in seeing how the Lord was using the book to speak to me.

I appreciate the fact that the book does not end with the moment leading up to Rachel being killed. The last chapter is all Rachel. Her writings speak for themselves. Though Debra did a beautiful job capturing Rachel, I am thankful that you get a deeper glimpse at who Rachel was, I feel, through Rachel’s own writing.

Rachel was NOT afraid to speak the truth. Her focus was on Christ and how to show His love to others. Her rawness, questions, and love for God shine. Even when she didn’t understand, she believed and knew Jesus did. He would make ways. She encouraged others to bear this truth in mind and walk it.

This book is designed specifically with teens in mind. Often throughout the book there are questions and even lines in which the reader can write down answers. However, the message to make a chain reaction, struggles to live differently than the world, to live as Christ, and to draw closer to Christ is for everyone.


The only issue I had with the book was NOT in the writing itself. I’m not sure if it is how the book is designed, but it seemed almost every other page had less ink. Usually the left page. This made it a little hard to read sometimes. The words would sometimes be very faint.

Other than that, I really enjoyed the book. It was a blessing. It inspired me and encouraged me in my own walk with Christ and my writing for others, as I am a Christian Blogger.

A big thank you to Rachel’s family for sharing her testimony, how Christ made ripples in her life, and how He is using her story to make ripples in others.

If you need a push, motivation, and inspiration to draw closer to Jesus, this book is a great choice!

Picture of book is my own copy and photo

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