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Left to Tell - Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

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Average Rating: This item received 5 stars overall.

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"I am humbled by the extraordinary spirituality that shines throughout lmmaculée Ilibagiza
story of terror, endurance, healing, and forgiveness. As a Rwandan, I am proud that we
can look beyond the misconceived differences that resulted in the murder of so many of
our children, men, and women in 1994. lmmaculée's account of genocide survival is
truly astonishing. It gives us hope of overcoming the divisions deliberately created by those
with self-serving agendas and no thought for humanity. Everyone should read this story—
survivors as well as perpetrators. I hope that all can experience lmmaculée's profound
spiritual transformation and be inspired to work for a united and lasting nation."  - Jeannette Kagame, First Lady of the Republic of Rwanda

"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. 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. 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." -  Publishers Weekly

"This book has renewed my faith in God and the Universe in a profound and real way that has changed me forever. " - Christiane Northrup, M.D., the author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom


By lmmaculée Ilibagiza with Steve Erwin


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.
Her story will touch you deeply. You will feel her fear, you will cry, and you will ask yourself the same questions that we as a people have been asking forever: How could this happen? Where does such animosity come from? Why can't we just be like God, Who is the Source for all of us? But you will also feel something else most profoundly: You will feel hope, a hope that inch by inch, we as a people are moving toward a new alignment—that is, we're moving toward living God-realized lives.


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Review Provided By - THE Catholic Book Review Site

This item received 5 stars overall. An inspiring book that will keep you turning the page long into the night

Reading Left to Tell has changed my life. Immaculee has spoken to the most intimate part of my heart showing me the beauty of forgiveness.  Her amazing story has inspired me to look beyond the Starbucks on my corner street and to catch a glimpse of the lives of our brothers and sisters in Rwanda.

If everyone were able to read Immaculee's account of what happened in Rwanda I think we might all behave differently in society.  There would be a greater respect for man and an awareness that all too quickly hate can produce a holocaust. 

Left to Tell is a fast paced read that will move you to tears of sadness, disbelief and joy.  Her love for the Lord is truly evident throughout her lifetime.  She speaks with an honesty that allows the reader to identify with her as a striving Christian.  Her faith is inspiring and her strength captivating.

Throughout her story, Immaculee speaks of faith and forgiveness. She teaches a Full Review...


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