Tuesday, September 29, 2009

She Said Yes

-The unlikely martyrdom of Cassie Bernall

By Misty Bernall
First pocket Books printing Sept 2000 NY

"it is easy to die for Christ.
It's Hard to live for him.
Dying takes only an hour or two,
but to live for Christ
means to die daily.
Only during the few years of this life
are we given the privilege of serving
each other and Christ....
We shall have heaven forever,
but only a short time for service here,
and therefore
we must not waste the opportunity."
-Sadhu Sundar Singh

On April 20, 1999 Cassie Bernall was shot in the Columbine High School Massacre by two troubled teens. She was seventeen years old and studying Macbeth in the library that day when the shooter approached, held the gun to her head and asked "Do you believe in God?" The last word from her lips was a testimony of her belief in a higher being- "Yes." Cassie Bernall is an unlikely martyr because of her troubling past- one that lead her to chilling fantasies that were not unlike her killers. But, because of loving parents, in the end, as her father said, she died daily for Christ and knew exactly what she stood for when she spoke that last word.Personal Review:
This books was pretty disturbing. I had absolutely no idea that a girl shot for believing in Christ had, in previous years been fantasizing about killing her own parents. This book is a great testament that humans have light and darkness in them, that we have the power to choose what we want to be and what our legacy is. Cassie could have been remembered for the exact same thing that took her life, murder. Luckily she had parents who loved her and friends who reached out, but she chose light.

WARNINGS: suicide, Murder, Drugs, Satanic worship

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