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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
There are various ways of looking at a tragedy. What happened at Columbine High School on April 20th, 1999, when two boys killed a teacher and twelve students, was a horrific massacre. Yet, even in the worst moments, there can be hope. In We Are All Columbine, Thomas P Tweten and Ann A Graham recount the Columbine shooting observing how, even during that terrible event, it was possible to feel the presence of God. A book that can be a source of reflection and solace, We Are All Columbine helps readers understand how it is possible to find comfort even in the most painful circumstances.
What struck me the most while reading We Are All Columbine was the delicacy of authors Thomas P Tweten and Ann A Graham. When they described the teacher's heroic deeds before he died, Cassie's last words before her tragic end, and even when they reflect on the two killers, what I noticed was an incredible sense of balance and tact. I do not think there could be any other way to write a book on this subject. Also, although We Are All Columbine wants to prove the presence of God, I liked that Tweten and Graham do not refer to a particular religion but speak to all readers regardless of their faith. For these characteristics of balance and sensitivity, as well as for the message that the book conveys, I recommend We Are All Columbine to all readers who are fair and thoughtful and for whom the presence of God is essential in their lives.