Christian Book Previews Home
Christian Book Previews
Book Jacket

272 pages
Sep 2007
Penguin Books

Lifting Our Eyes: Finding God's Grace Through the Virginia Tech Tragedy The Lauren McCain Story

by Beth Lueders

Review  |   Author Bio  |  Read an Excerpt

“I run to our door, but pause…I hear a door slam loudly. Next I hear running down the hall and past my room. I open my door and I see blood on the floor and sneaker prints of blood. The bloody prints are right outside my room!…I go to Emily’s and Heather’s room and I try to open the door—but there is a man’s body pressed up against the door. I see his arm in the doorway.” —Molly Donohue, West Ambler Johnston Hal, Virginia Tech p. 5

“A clip drops to the floor. We all tense up thinking he will attack our door again with more force and more bullets. But the shooter finally gets up and moves down the hallway. I stay kneeling, praying softly out loud to God to stop the gunfire coming from other classrooms. The bang, bang, bang, just keeps repeating. We listen to at least another forty shots or so go off farther and farther down the hall. It is terrible.” —Haiyan Cheng, Norris Hall classroom lecturer, pp. 12-13

“Like a mobster hunting down a snitch, Cho methodically squeezes the trigger of his pistols, a .22-caliber Walther P22 and a 9mm Glock 19. Callous. Stone-faced. Surging with unrelenting adrenaline, Cho guarantees his actions speak louder than words.” p. 16

“I just stopped answering my cell phone. After people knew I was all right, I wasn’t up for talking, because I would just cry. I didn’t really want to process losing people over and over and over again. So I stopped answering my phone.” —Virginia Tech junior, Julie Harrison p. 24

“The Bible basically says live for today, tomorrow is not guaranteed. That’s hit me pretty hard since the shootings. You don’t know when you are going to die, so you need to trust that God is in charge of everything and everything will be all right.” —Ruiqi Zhang, Norris Hall classroom survivor, p. 37

“I’m not mad at the nine-millimeter and I’m not mad at a pistol. Cho was just a tool used by his master. I feel very sorry for Cho. He made eternal decisions that can never be undone,” Dave McCain says. “I also feel real sorry for Cho’s family. They’re hurting. They lost a child just like we did.” —Dave McCain, father of slain daughter Lauren, p. 145

“Show me your purpose for me at Tech, and on this earth. But, if you choose not to, I will still praise you and walk where you lead, not because I am selfless, or holy, or “determined to sacrifice myself to do what is right’ but because you are the delight of my heart and I cannot live without you.” —Lauren McCain, December 22, 2006 journal entry, p. 165

“Someone who now understands the cruel difference between good and evil is student who was shot multiple times by Cho—and lived. Days after he is released from the hospital, the young man turns to a local Blacksburg pastor and asks how to find peace with God. Now when the survivor looks at this scars from the shooting, he is reminded how close he came to death and is grateful that he needs never fear death again.” —p. 174

“We have only one thing to mourn—that Lauren isn’t with us. We miss her so much, but we don’t mourn for Lauren because she is with us Jesus. She has lost nothing compared to what she has gained and we wouldn’t bring her back. We only mourn our loss. And in our mourning he still comforts us.” —Sherry McCain, mother of slain daughter Lauren, p. 182