She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall
Misty Bernall, Madeleine L'Engle
In the aftermath of the Columbine High School tragedy, a story came out about Cassie Bernall, a
young woman who allegedly professed her belief in God in the moments before she was shot dead.
Hailed a modern-day martyr by Christian groups and the media, detectives revealed months later
that she may never have had such an exchange with her killer. Bernall's parents responded to the
news with a statement:
"Our intent was to share Cassie's story in an effort to encourage parents and teenagers. If any of
our actions have hurt or offended anyone, we sincerely apologize."
In She Said Yes, a moving memoir written by Cassie's mother, Misty Bernall, we meet the real Cassie,
a typical adolescent who struggles with peer pressure and her relationship with her parents. Once
headed down the common teenage path of self-loathing and depression, Cassie turned her life around
through her faith and the support of a group of people who helped her find peace and purpose--her
youth group at church. Though Cassie was far from the perfect child, She Said Yes tells the story
of how Cassie's faith gave her the strength to overcome the obstacles she faced in her young life.
Regardless of what happened at Columbine, She Said Yes is a moving tribute to an extraordinary young
woman and a lesson for both parents and teenagers alike.
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