J reviewed She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall, Littleton, Colorado on
Helpful Score: 10
This a very short book and a quick read. I expected to cry and feel very sad while reading it. My reaction was quite the opposite.
Written by her mother, this book describes the too-short life of Cassie Bernall. Her mother wrote very honestly and openly about her feelings of not only sadness and hurt, but also her feelings of anger and "why MY daugher?". She also did not sugarcoat a very rough period in her daughter's life when Cassie became a VERY rebellious teen (and thats putting it mildly).
Through the sadness and pain of losing a child, this book is very uplifting and reminds you of what is important in life, how to forgive, and will make you rethink your priorities. This book was about a life that was cut all too short, about a mother's love for her daughter, and her continuing struggle try to make sense of that horrible day at Columbine.
This book was so good! I cried all through it, but it is so outstanding in my opinion that this young lady stood up for her belief in God even while in peril. She is truly a shining example for young people today. It is heartbreaking that she should have had to look death in the face while she stood up for her Lord, but I feel sure that God said "Well done, good and faithful servant." I would recommend this book to all young people, but she is also a truly inspiring example to all of us. Great, great book!
SHE SAID YES is the empowering story of Cassie Bernall, a victim of the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999. Cassie had a gun pointed at her forehead and when asked if she believed in God she said yes. She was shot for standing up for what she believed in. Misty Bernall, Cassie's mother, wrote the book and there are many quotes from other members of her family and friends who were in the school library where Cassie was shot. There are quotes from people from her church who knew her and people that knew her from school. Cassie went through a very hard stage in her first couple of years of high school and ended up at Columbine High School because she was doing so much better. She was very involved in church and was not even scared to stand up for what she believed in.
You don't have to believe in God, go to church, or be religious in any way to fully enjoy this book. The basic question is, could you do what she did? Would you be able to stand up for what you believe in, even if that meant being killed? The only thing that I really didn't like about this book was the fact that only the first chapter was about the shooting at Columbine. The rest of the book is about Cassie and background information on her and how she ended up attending Columbine High School.
This book was not was I expected. Yes, it is a biography, but it is also very much a parenting book. It details the strained relationship between a mother and her teenager, and it gives a unique look at both sides of the story. The mother's style of writing is difficult to read at times. She's obviously not a professional, but she has an important message, if you can open your heart and read between the lines. I'm glad that I read this one.