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.
"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.
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.
This is a true tale of division, tragedy, re-establishment of freedom, and forgiveness. Imaculee is such a strong woman for surviving being locked in a home for months, having to starve, lose her family, fear that soldiers who protected her were going to kill her, forgiving the perpetrators, and moving on with her life to find happiness.
This story touched my heart in the same way that The Hiding Place did. God's love and power should never be underestimated. Thank you Immaculee for sharing your story and for your faith.
This story should be required reading for everyone- as the lessons of faith, love, and forgiveness are as important now as ever. And, when it seems our world is overrun with intolerance and hatred, it is an important reminder that the genocides that happened in Rwanda and Nazi Germany could easily happen again, unless we are constantly vigilant and always choose love over fear.
"Amazing story of human manipulation & halacaust ."
Dispite the Jewish halacaust humanity still fails to recognise the damage done to other communities of people. The lesson that should have been learnt are ignored and continue to be perpetrated in countries where the media is less prominent, the story of Rwanda is still but a blip in history and it's real impact to thousands has never really been told. the author provides a first hand account which helps to offer the horror of loss and grief which can never be healed and should never be replicated.
"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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