Chain Reaction Book Review

“We need to kick start a revolution! We need to get a chain reaction going here!”-Eric Harris, Columbine killer

“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show comapssion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same.”-Rachel Scott, Columbine victim

The amazing thing about these two statements is the fact that they were both made at the same time, in March of 1999, just one month before the Columbine High School shootings. Rachel’s father, Darrell Scott, believes that it was as though these two teenagers had laid down a double challenge for their entire generation.

Rachel Scott believed that she could make a difference. She targeted three groups of kids at Columbine High School: the handicapped, those picked on by others and those new to her school. Her weapons of choice? Forgiving, honesty, compassion, kindness, leading, helping, loving and showing mercy for others; instead of sawn off shot guns and pipe bombs Eric Harris used to unleash his wrath at Columbine. Rachel’s tragic death that day amplified her deeds and started a ripple effect that has been felt around the world. 

While most think Chain Reaction talks about Rachel’s remarkable life and tragic death, it instead details her vision and challenges the reader to be part of this amazing movement, as seen through the eyes of her father. It also invites people to live a life of unabashed compassion and to help shape our world with love instead of violence. The book is also highly recommended for those who have issues with one or more of Rachel’s 8 pricipals. 

So for anyone who has a problem with forgiveness, kindness, loving, ect. or anyone who wants to follow Rachel’s example and start their own “chain reaction”, read this book and you will get the message. 

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