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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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    Kim Pasadena, CA, USA 01-22-07
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    "What a triumphant spirit"

    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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Cristina Long Island City, NY, USA 02-22-07
    Cristina Long Island City, NY, USA 02-22-07
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    Very well written, very well read.
    I could feel every bit that was described. The most inspiring book I have listened to.

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    E. Pearson Idaho 11-23-11 Member Since 2008

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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debby SALINAS, CA, United States 06-28-08
    Debby SALINAS, CA, United States 06-28-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Compellling, Inspirational and Fascinating"

    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.

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    Donald Paradise, CA, USA 02-07-07
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    "Captivating! Enthralling! Uplifting!"

    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.

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    Rachael Napa, CA USA 02-17-15
    Rachael Napa, CA USA 02-17-15 Member Since 2014

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    Truly inspirational. I found it overwhelmingly honest. I think all high school girls should read this powerful book. Power of prayer.

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    Samantha Lehigh Acres, FL, United States 02-03-15
    Samantha Lehigh Acres, FL, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2011

    I love suspense, murder mysteries, psycho thriller books most of all! I listen when not taking classes for my masters degree.

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    This story was heart breaking but also filled me with hope and joy and to wonder if I would ha e that kind of faith of placed in that kind of situation.

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    Dawn United States 02-01-15
    Dawn United States 02-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Grateful to have heard this story."

    This is a wonderful story of believing, overcoming and forgiving, and the love of God. Highly recommend this book to others.

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    Ryan T. Eichhorn 01-12-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Captivating, Heart-wrenching and inspirational"

    I cannot describe how much Immaculee's witness means to me. Not for the feint of heart. Summon strength to go on this journey with immaculee.

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    M. M. McKown Fairfield, CA 12-05-13
    M. M. McKown Fairfield, CA 12-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to Left to Tell the most enjoyable?

    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.


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