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Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust | [Immaculee Ilibagiza, Steve Erwin]

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

In 1994, Immaculee Ilibagiza's world was ripped apart when her native country of Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Her family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans. Miraculously, Immaculee survived the slaughter.
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Publisher's Summary

In 1994, Immaculee Ilibagiza's world was ripped apart when her native country of Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Her family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Yolanda Greenwood, DE, United States 01-25-13
    Yolanda Greenwood, DE, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2012

    The Teacher

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    "Could Not Stop Listening!"
    Would you listen to Left to Tell again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It lets you know what we are capable of as people. Our capacity to love and unfortunately, our capacity to hate.


    Have you listened to any of Lisa Renee Pitts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not listened to any of her performances before. She portrayed the story excellently.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My heart ached for the RWandan people...both tribes.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Margaret Asheville, NC, United States 10-14-12
    Margaret Asheville, NC, United States 10-14-12
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    "Inspiring"
    If you could sum up Left to Tell in three words, what would they be?

    There's always hope.


    What other book might you compare Left to Tell to and why?

    My first audible book.


    What does Lisa Renee Pitts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her beautiful voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It makes you wonder why we complain about little things.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to my next audible book.

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    William Brooklyn, New York, United States 09-08-12
    William Brooklyn, New York, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Left to Tell?

    I think that learning about the Rwandan Holocaust from a survivor was the best thing about it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Left to Tell?

    I did not have just a single memorable moment because I thought that the whole story was good.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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    Fr Adrian G. Head 03-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Immaculee, obviously


    What about Lisa Renee Pitts’s performance did you like?

    Very clear and reflects the emotions felt


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sadness, yes, but also joy at Immaculee's readiness to forgive.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Leta United States 01-30-12
    Leta United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Compelling and a "must Hear""
    Would you listen to Left to Tell again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Left to Tell?

    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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    Sarah Reading, PA, United States 12-05-11
    Sarah Reading, PA, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2007
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    Focuses on Immaculee's internal struggle during an atrocious civil war. A great story even though it is very sad the horrible things people can inflict on one another.

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    Jazzy Mt. Juliet, TN, United States 11-02-11
    Jazzy Mt. Juliet, TN, United States 11-02-11 Member Since 2011

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    "A book EVERYONE should read!"

    This book so touched my life. Don't miss this one folks. You will be challenged to wake up and be conscience, then determined to stomp out discrimination and hate like never before. I fell in love with Ilibagiza by the end of the story and thank the Lord she had the courage to go back and relive her horror and loss to help and educate the world against the tragedy of hate, war, prejudice and genocide.

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    Julia A. Fitzgerald MIssouri 10-31-10
    Julia A. Fitzgerald MIssouri 10-31-10 Member Since 2012

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    "Amazing Story"

    Immaculee's story is a amazing as her circumstances were bazaar. This is a powerful story of the unlimited possibilities for forgiveness that the human spirit can obtain when that spirit relies on the Christ of love and forgiveness. Immaculee demonstrates what every believer should understand--that God can do a work in any heart, in any place, but the heart that is surrendered through will or circumstance is the heart from which love flows. If this forgiveness had only been in the heart of the enemy....

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    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 09-22-10
    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 09-22-10 Member Since 2014
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    This was a very inspiring story. It is worth the listen and time. Very nice.

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    Mary Sebring, FL, USA 05-02-09
    Mary Sebring, FL, USA 05-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing"

    That was the most enlightening book of a brave, True christian soul that I have ever read.

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