Left to Tell

Left to Tell

Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

Book - 2006
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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.

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. To me, Immaculee was not only left to tell this mind-blowing story, but more than that, she's a living example of what we can all accomplish when we go within and choose to truly live in perfect harmony with our originating Spirit. -Dr. Wayne W. Dyer (from the Foreword)

'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.' - Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review, March 2006

Publisher: Carlsbad, Calif. : Hay House, Inc., 2006.
ISBN: 9781401908973
Characteristics: 215 p. 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Erwin, Steve

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Apr 09, 2018

An amazing story of what went on during the genocide and the author's survival.

Oct 17, 2016

wow! unbelievable story of survival during a heinous time in Rwanda

Feb 03, 2014

The memoir of a young, religious Tutsi woman who was hidden with five other women in a bathroom over the three months of the Rwandan genocide. She emerged to learn that her entire immediate family (except a brother who was a student in Senegal) had been slaughtered. A gripping story of leadership, determination, initiative and luck.

JCLLeslieN Dec 24, 2013

This is a true story of a first person account of the ethnic genocide in Rwanda told from a young woman who is shockingly like you, from a family just like yours. It is written well - well paced and you get to know the characters who go through unspeakable horror. Hatred and evil reigns and the only thing that keeps her sane and hopeful is that she turned to God and immersed herself in prayer and meditation.

Jun 08, 2013

Wow. This book has literally changed my life! It really does illustrate the power of forgiveness in a very real way.

th3pr0digy Aug 06, 2012

I had to read this book for a school assignment and I though "Not again. Another book that we will be graded on," but as I started to read this book, I didn't care about having a test on it in my first year of high school. The book amazed me, depressed me, and made me hopeful and happy at the end. It's amazing how someone can be so strong, make sacrifices, and be faithful all at the same time. I have to admit that I cried when seeing the pictures at the end of the book. I thought "But these people were so beautiful," but I guess it's for the better now. Everyone, should be able to read this.

Feb 17, 2012

A page turner. A riveting true story of how Immaculee survived during the Rwandan genocide and how she found peace through grace and forgiveness.

Oct 04, 2011

Everybody should read this book. A real life story of a young college student who amazingly survived the Rwandan genocide in 1994 in which it is said about 800,000 people died.

An inspirational read. If you think you have problems, read this book and let it put things in perspective.

debwalker Jun 10, 2011

Rutina Wesley (True Blood) will star in Left to Tell, adapted from Immaculee Ilibagiza's memoir Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. Deadline.com reported that the film is being produced by Stephen McEveety and will be co-directed by Steve Berkowitz and Keith VanderLaan.

Mar 07, 2011

This book made me cry. And since I was reading it at night, I woke up with puffy eyes. I also finish this book in a day because it was just too hard to put down.

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