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Left to Tell : Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
This is my story, told as I remember it ... and I remember it as though it happened yesterday. It's a true story; I use my own name and the names of my family.
This is the story of how I discovered God during one of history's bloodiest holocausts. I wrote this book hoping that others may benefit from my story.--Immaculee Ilibagiza
In the spring of 1994, more than one million people were murdered in the Rwandan genocide. This is the story of how Immaculee survived certain death, along with seven other women, by hiding in a very small bathroom for more than 3 months. Day after day, for months, the killers would search nearby - gleefully chanting "kill them big, kill them small, kill them, kill them, kill them all!"
With uncommon sincerity, Immaculee shares with us her soul's struggle through disbelief to anger and rage and, ultimately, forgiveness. She is living proof of the power of prayer and positive thinking.
In 1994, Rwandan native Ilibagiza was 22 years old and home from college to spend Easter with her devout Catholic family, when the death of Rwanda's Hutu president sparked a three-month slaughter of nearly one million ethnic Tutsis in the country. She survived by hiding in a Hutu pastor's tiny bathroom with seven other starving women for 91 cramped, terrifying days. This searing firsthand account of Ilibagiza's experience cuts two ways: her description of the evil that was perpetrated, including the brutal murders of her family members, is soul-numbingly devastating, yet the story of her unquenchable faith and connection to God throughout the ordeal uplifts and inspires. Her account of the miracles that protected her is simple and vivid. Her Catholic faith shines through, but the book will speak on a deep level to any person of faith. Ilibagiza's remarkable path to forgiving the perpetrators and releasing her anger is a beacon to others who have suffered injustice. She brings the battlefield between good and evil out of the genocide around her and into her own heart, mind and soul. This book is a precious addition to the literature that tries to make sense of humankind's seemingly bottomless depravity and counterbalancing hope in an all-powerful, loving God. (Mar.)
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1 . Deeply Moving
Posted June 13, 2011 by Linda W , PortervilleKnowing God is one thing, but to place your entire being into His hands is something that is completely demonstrated throughout the telling of the story. An powerfule tale of a woman's amazing love for family, neighbors, strangers, and God during a terrible time in our world. Truly a story to make one analyze their own faith.
2 . awe inspiring!
Posted July 06, 2010 by margie , sterling heightsI could not put this book down and once I finished it I walked and lived in wonder for weeks.I can't believe this young woman had that much faith. So inspiring! God Bless her!
May 31, 2007
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