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.
"Inspring" in no way does this book justice, but it is inspiring. It is also horrifically tragic--but lest that scare the timid-hearted off--rest assured that the horror and tragedy are presented in extremely non-graphic and bitter-LESS form. Much more could be said, but I'll quit at that.
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.
Hope, healing beyond understanding. God is faithful and Immaculee's life is a witness to His great mercy and answered prayer. Thank you for making sure we don't forget about the Holocaust in Rwanda.
This is an incredible journey of faith, hope trust in God.
It teaches us that God is with us every moment of our lives.
How do we worry about such little things.
How did the rest of the world not help them and why we didn't do our part to pray for them.
It should give us clear direction on our role in the world. We should pray daily for Peace with all nations and all races.
Prayer has infinite value.
Story of hope so eloquently written. Very powerful.
I hope to meet Immacule some day.
God bless her and all she does. Thank you
Catholic, educator, and whole 30. I like big books
Such a powerful real story. My students were transformed and changed by this book but, truly more by the audible version.
Not that I am aware
Yes, I did personally. In class, my students NEVER wanted me to stop.
I have listened to many audible books and this by far is absolutely the best narration I have ever heard. The narrator brings the story to life and doesn't outstanding job of voicing all of the characters. Her re-create shin of the accents and of the emotion of each of the people in the story is unmatched. The story itself is almost too evil and cruel to believe but sadly it is. There's so much hope and healing in this story. Well well worth reading!
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
The storyline was amazing and true. It left the reader wanting more and captivated by the chilling scene in Rwanda.
The inspirational message of "all we have to give in this life is love" even the darkest of times.
This is the first one.
Yes, it definitely made me want to listen in one setting.
Get this book! You will not regret it. It's a harrowing tale of survival in the darkest of times in the Rwandan Holocaust.
"Lest we forget!!"
Powerful, heart wrenching account of the horrific Rwandan Genoside. There are lessons for humanity, for us all at a personal level within this account of one woman's shocking and moving experience. The narrative is delivered with such power, emotion and vulnerability you are taken on a journey, a roller coaster beyond anything I could imagine. Lest we forget! Everyone should read this book.
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