Item description for Lifting Our Eyes: Finding God's Grace Through the Virginia Tech Tragedy The Lauren McCain Story by Beth Lueders...
Overview This book centers on the life of Lauren McCain--a Virginia Tech student and one of the victims of the recent school shooting. Written with the full support of her family, "Lifting Our Eyes" offers a Christian perspective on coping with tragedy.
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Studio: Berkley Trade
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.7" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2007
Publisher Penguin Group USA
ISBN 042522113X ISBN13 9780425221136
Reviews - What do customers think about Lifting Our Eyes: Finding God's Grace Through the Virginia Tech Tragedy The Lauren McCain Story?
Lifting our eyes Oct 28, 2007
This is a heart-wrenching account of the lives lost on April 16, 2007. This tragedy will never leave me, but neither will Lauren McCain's words. Her faith, evident through her journal entries, her words of praise and her love for God have touched me so strongly that I think of her and her words of praise daily. She lived her life so deeply for someone so young and she will continue to witness to others through this book and inspire others as she has truly inspired me. She is a true child of God.
On Tragedy and Spiritual Triumph Oct 26, 2007
Using the story and journals of VT freshman Lauren McCain, whose love for Christ emanates from her like a sweet fragrance, combined with other witness testimony and police accounts, Lueders explores the events of the Virginia Tech tragedy and tackles tough issues like God's presence in tragedy and whether forgiveness is necessary and possible.
This is not the first tragedy where someone was asked "Where was God?" or suggested vengeance and blame were more probable reactions than forgiveness. The book covers well the accuracy of understanding God is with us even in the midst of the fallout from the evil humans choose to enact. As for forgiveness, it examples and guides a truth I have learned to live long ago and wish more people knew - with Jesus Christ in your life, true forgiveness is possible and life can go forward.
The best parts of the book are taken from Lauren's journals, her myspace page, and statements from friends and family which show Lauren not as a victim of violence, but a victorious inheritor of Heaven. The book gives you permission to grieve, and power to know what a difference God really does make when the relationship is real.
Amazing story, very readable, too! Sep 21, 2007
Some stories stay with you. This is one. You'll find yourself thinking of it long after you put it down, and you'll be happy you spent the time doing it!
Amazing Story Sep 14, 2007
I started reading this book last night and just could not put it down.
What an amazing story and what a special young lady Lauren McCain must have been. His story is an absolute inspiration and her parents ae very special as well.
Hope, Healing and Practical Help Sep 6, 2007
While interviewing the author Pat Robertson said, "People asked, 'Where was God when this happened?' He was right there." And that point is made throughout this book. Award-winning journalist and author Beth Lueders brings her years of experience to bear in crafting a book that not only tells about a tragedy and its aftermath, but challenges us all to "lift our eyes" and see the good that can come from even the worst mass-murder in U.S. history.
Besides the well-written story, the book includes a comprehensive appendix with tips on how to help or receive help--both from a biblical and psychological point of view--when trauma invades our comfortable world.