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Left to Tell Audiobook

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

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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.

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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.

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    Debby SALINAS, CA, United States 06-28-08
    Debby SALINAS, CA, United States 06-28-08 Member Since 2017
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    E. Pearson Idaho 11-23-11
    E. Pearson Idaho 11-23-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Well Worth Your Time"

    "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.

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    Donald 02-07-07
    Donald 02-07-07 Member Since 2010
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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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    "Wow!!"

    captured my attention, imagination and interest from beginning to end. great story of forgiveness and healing.

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    Addir Pineda 05-10-17
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    "Powerful"

    This is by far a powerful story of the survival of a young woman during such a terrible genocide in Rwanda. This is a good deal to further understand the evils in the world and how it can compare to the holocaust in ways. I would definitely recommend this title.

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    Janelle 03-21-17
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    "True Tale of Tragedy"

    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.

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    Kimberly M. Whelan 02-17-17
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    "Powerful account of forgiveness."

    Everyone should read/listen for an incredible lesson in the power of prayer and the need for forgiveness.

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    "A Tale of Forgiveness"

    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.

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    "Must Read"

    Thank you for this wonderful book. After losing almost everyone and everything she loved to war and hatred, Imaculee has forgiven. Thank you for writing this book.

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  • Azarie
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    "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.

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  • Mick Whitehouse
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    "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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