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Immaculée Ilibagiza (born ) is a Rwandan American author and motivational speaker. Her first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan. Left to Tell has ratings and reviews. Stephen said: Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. Immaculee Ilibagiza shares the power of faith in God through her experience of the Rwandan genocide. She attests that forgiveness is possible.

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However, this is neither the most appropriate time nor place for that debate. It is worth reading. Ag Entering this book, I was expecting personal account of the Rwandan holocaust, despite the foreword stating otherwise.

Plain an simple – She told the story the only way she could. Anyway, I think that this should be required reading. Painful, horrific, and still so amazing — this book reminded me of the incredible power of prayer and trusting in God.

Mothers watched their babies being slashed to death, or had their babies left motherless on immaculse road while they were killed.

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculée Ilibagiza

At one point, she hears screaming, then silence, then a baby crying. Her account of the miracles that protected her is simple and vivid. But many Hutu’s were massacred in the holocaust as well.

Her story, even for a nonbeliever, is an inspiring tale and a stunning demonstration of the power of her faith. She is truly an inspiration ,eft women everywhere.


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When she was confined with seven other women in a tiny bathroom, she used the time to pray, meditate and develop a rich interior life with God, which not only helped her endure her captivity but also laid a foundation for building a new life after the war ended. Reading this book is a pretty sobering experience. I’ll never be the same after reading this book.

This is the man who called out her name while looking for her to kill her.

Ilibagiza’s remarkable path to forgiving the perpetrators and releasing her anger is a beacon to others who have suffered injustice. All I know, is that my faith, which most days is weak to non-existent, would certainly be gone after enduring what Immaculee endured. It is presumed that his interest in making sure all members of the family were killed was because he was interested in claiming their family’s property.

This searing firsthand account of Ilibagiza’s experience cuts two ways: There is loyalty shown throughout this book. Oct 09, Stephen rated it really liked it. The term “positive thinking” and related terms and ideas are very heavy toward the end of the book. She t I’m not giving this five stars because I think it is a great piece of literature or that it in any ways matches up with the great books of the world.

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Immaculée Ilibagiza

And sadly, when the genocide was over, the victims—and even their rescuers—exhibited the same angry, vengeful desires toward those who had wronged them, as had been vented on them only months earlier. Slowly, people can be influenced elft believe things that are not true or act inhumanly based on subtle propaganda.


The narrative’s glut of horrific violence made me sick at heart, but Ilibagiza’s faith and personal strength pulled me through. Now you don’t need to be afraid of the dark any more, nor fear the dangers of the day; nor dread the plagues of darkness, nor disasters in the morning. The majority of the killing was done with macheties and in many cases the killers and victims knew each other, were neighbors, had grown-up together and gone to school together.

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

Even though the family was hiding a Tutsi in their house, their son went out each day during the 90 day killing spree to join with other armed Hutus to look for and kill any Tutsis they could find. I finished it in two days because the author’s story is so compelling. She spent three months hidden in a 3 foot by 4 foot bathroom along with other women.

It hurts me too deeply to realize that this happened in my conscious lifetime. AuthorMotivational speaker. Published June 1st by Hay House first published January 1st It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God.