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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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 d Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. 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 discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God. Paperbackpages. Published June 1st by Hay House first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Left to Tellplease sign up. Is this book appropriate for a 9th grader ,content and skill wise? Angelika It depends on the student. Skill-wise, the book is probably appropriate; however, content-wise, I would only recommend this book to mature readers and …more It depends on the student.
Skill-wise, the book is probably appropriate; however, content-wise, I would only recommend this book to mature readers and not an entire 9th grade class.
There are very mature themes that deal with graphic violence rape, cold-blooded murder, brutality, ethnic discrimination. The book also focuses largely on faith, which can be a very challenging subject for many young readers, let alone adult readers. See all 7 questions about Left to Tell…. Lists with This Book. Oct 09, Stephen rated it really liked it. Entering this book, I was expecting personal account of too Rwandan holocaust, despite the foreword stating otherwise.
In some ways, my mimaculee were met, in some others, I was surprised. More than just a chronicling of atrocities, Imaculee Ilibagiza’s tale is also a testament to inner fortitude, faith, and the power to forgive.
As an agnostic though my views on spirituality are constantly in flux I expected that her story would come off as a bit hokey, with too much Jesus-speak for me. Ag Entering this book, I was expecting personal account of the Rwandan holocaust, despite the foreword stating otherwise.
Again, I was surprised. While I tend to deny the miraculous slant she puts on many of her experiences in favor of a more worldly one, I find Ilibagiza’s descriptions of her own faith nothing short of extraordinary.
Her story, even for a nonbeliever, is an inspiring tale and a stunning demonstration of the power of her faith. Her narrative style is perfectly suited to her content. She writes simply and straightforwardly, giving the impression that she is telling events just as they happened, in all their bone-chilling details. This book can be read in one sitting, though its effects will linger for days afterwards. View all 3 comments.
Nov 10, Gilbert rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: That was the man who murdered your family. I brought him to you to question But you forgave him!
How could you do that? Why did you forgive him? Guilt and anger are forces destroying our cultures, our churches, and ourselves most of the time, if we don’t know any better. Even so, it is extremely hard to look at the ugly face of reality and actually embrace it.
This woman’s message of how she came to forgive unspeakable atrocities but she does write about them tdll that we can ponder the potential horror in societyand it needs to be heard and understood. Yes, the book tells of gross details and it isn’t some theme you could sip a latte over.
God grant us the strength to not die with unresolved issues, or hate in our heart, regardless of circumstance. View all 6 comments.
Sep 04, Paul rated it it was amazing. I’m not giving this five stars because I think it is a great piece of literature or that it in any lefy matches up with the great books of the world. The five stars are more for how powerful and raw the book felt and how much it physically effected me. To me this is the job of a really great survivor testimony. They don’t have to be perfectly written or come with accompanying historical footnotes, etc.
There were times as I was reading this book that I had a physical reaction to her story. 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. She tells it in very simple terms and pulls no punches. I think some people might feel that she talks about her faith too much, and I have issues with that immauclee my own life, but I would never deny that her faith is what got her through this horrific ordeal.
Her story is not necessarily unique in the realm of ilibwgiza Rwandan genocide, though as I know from personal experience in working with Holocaust survivors every story is different and unique. Anyone with any interest in the power of human mind to overcome the absolute worst life can throw at you needs to read this book. Actually everyone needs to read this book. This is a book which merits a second, even a third read. No, I did not become hardened or closed off to the immensity of the atrocity, but I was able to step back and notice new and different things which deepened my appreciation of this already amazing autobiography.
And on my first read, I completely missed the unique custom in Rwanda, where every family member has a different last name. What a beautiful legacy! Ilibaguza sadly, when the genocide was over, the victims—and even their immwculee the same angry, vengeful desires toward those who had wronged them, as had been vented on them only months earlier. It is about so much more than death, violence, and hatred; it is about the triumph of love and forgiveness.
It has been over eight years since I read this. Cannot remember if I loaned or gave away my copy of this book, but it is gone. Will share this and her other book with my daughters and friend who are going to hear her.
I couldn’t put this book down from the moment I started it. Immsculee up late at night reading it.
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculée Ilibagiza
I paid for it the next day at work; I was so tired, but it was worth it. I finished it in two days because the author’s story is so compelling. And it’s not just what she suffered or lost, because many people endured greater tragedies and were left without anyone. We see how she was raised as a devout young girl by loving parents, but how her country’s civil war brought out an inner strength and reservoir of faith she didn’t know she had.
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.
The Rwandan genocide is a difficult subject to read about, but if you read no other book about it, I’d recommend this one. It’s really a book about forgiveness and as such reminds me of a Vision Video I previewed recently which we purchased and plan to include as a part of our curriculum for the parent’s portion of First Sacraments. We all must learn to forgive. View all 17 comments. Mar 22, Juliana rated it it was amazing. To give this book fewer than five stars would be a statement that it was somehow incomplete or flawed.
How could I find fault with something so heartfelt and genuine? This is a book I will not read again. It is a book that uplifts, even while it subdues. Would I recommend this book to my friends?
Only certain of them. If you like to read books that entertain and put your brain on cruise control, this isn’t the book fo To give this book fewer than five stars would be a statement that it was somehow incomplete or flawed.
If you like to read books that entertain and put your brain on cruise control, this isn’t the book for you. If you like books that feed you and make you grateful for the gifts God has given you, this is a book you won’t want to miss.
Mar 28, Karen rated it it was amazing.
I didn’t want to put it down. Most of all, humbling. I am ashamed at what horrendous things we, as human beings do to each other and also, what we ALLOW to happen. It broke my heart to read of all those refugees hoping and praying for help from someone–anyone, and i,ibagiza one stepped up to help. They were left to fend for themselves.
I am ashamed at my own whining and complaining about peft.