Miraculously, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee forged a profound and lasting relationship with God.
The triumphant story of this remarkable woman's journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.
©2006 Immaculee Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin; (P)2006 Hay House
"Ilibagiza's remarkable path to forgiving the perpetrators and releasing her anger is a beacon to others who have suffered injustice....This book is a precious addition to the literature that tries to make sense of humankind's seemingly bottomless depravity." (Publishers Weekly)
This book was flawless and although what the author experienced was a million times worse - I still felt like I was right there with her on that bathroom floor. At times I felt I couldn't go on listening and sometimes did stop the recording but I knew I had to finish - if she could experience it and come out on the other side stronger, wiser and closer to God - then I could simply listen. This story of courage has forever changed me and the way I view the world.
I resisted reading this book, thinking that any story about the genocide in Rawanda would be too depressing for me to cope with. I was wrong. This story is written and narrated so well, that I listened to the book in one day. Gory details are not what the author focuses on. It is her story of the power of forgiveness and faith. I was so deeply touched by this story that I had to review my own view on faith. I highly recommend this story.
Immacul?e Ilibagiza's "Left to Tell" is required reading for any of us suffering from bitterness, self-pity, PTSD or any other wallowing disorder. The book moves quickly feeding one with food for thought. The first person, non-fiction narrative makes me wonder how much immunity I have to the infection that inspired the killing spree in Rwanda. It makes me ponder as to whether I would have the strength and virtue of Pastor Murinzi the "local pastor" who harbored Immacul?e Ilibagiza.
A great read for anyone desirous of breaking stereotypes. Immacul?e's story lacks the taint of bitterness that most of us would be incapable of eliminating in the recounting of such a horrific tale.
Anyone who thinks such things couldn't happen in "their" town needs to fall on their knees and pray that it doesn't.
I already knew the details of the genocide, but hearing it from a personal level takes the story even deeper. Imaculee's developing faith is wonderful and her ability to find God's perspective on the killers is deeply healing. I wish everyone, especially those struggling with the true evil of mankind, would hear or read this book. It is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to.
Yes! I have revisited sections of the story to hear how she desperately hung on to her faith, and how God guided her thru every second because she kept her eye on Jesus...she trusted Him for every little thing.
It lets you know what we are capable of as people. Our capacity to love and unfortunately, our capacity to hate.
No, I have not listened to any of her performances before. She portrayed the story excellently.
My heart ached for the RWandan people...both tribes.
It amazes me how a people can wrong their neighbor because they do not have or know "the love of God". The love of man is not enough!
There's always hope.
My first audible book.
Her beautiful voice.
It makes you wonder why we complain about little things.
Looking forward to my next audible book.
I think that learning about the Rwandan Holocaust from a survivor was the best thing about it.
I did not have just a single memorable moment because I thought that the whole story was good.
Catholic priest in Cleve in South Australia. Am 77 years old. Studied in Rome, Italy. Love languages. Have been for over 5o years a priest in the Diocese of Port Pirie. Have an English, Irish and German background.
The story is inspiring and can only do good. Also some people cannot spend much time reading but can listen to the story on a CD as they drive or on a CD or iPhone as they work
Very clear and reflects the emotions felt
Sadness, yes, but also joy at Immaculee's readiness to forgive.
It is refreshing to see that Immaculee's Catholic Faith came out very clearly. I am grateful to Steve Erwin who organised the publishing of this book that he did not omit or downplay this. Wunderbar!
Yes--in fact I am using it as a teaching point with confirmations students (religious education) in regards to a modern day example of forgiveness that is extraordinary and what we are called to as Christians.
When she prays and is overcome with a knowledge that in order not to hate or let evil into her being she must love which leads to her ability to forgive.
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