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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
    Kim Pasadena, CA, USA 01-22-07 Member Since 2006
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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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    "Excellent!"

    Very well written, very well read.
    I could feel every bit that was described. The most inspiring book I have listened to.

    3 of 3 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Paradise, CA, USA 02-07-07
    Donald Paradise, CA, USA 02-07-07 Member Since 2002
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M. M. McKown Fairfield, CA 12-05-13
    M. M. McKown Fairfield, CA 12-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing - Beatiful Faith in a World of Horror"
    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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    Yolanda Greenwood, DE, United States 01-25-13
    Yolanda Greenwood, DE, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2012

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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Thank goodness for e-books!"
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fr Adrian G. Head 03-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome"
    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 2012
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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