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Immaculee Ilibagiza
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Feb. 10 2006
Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee's family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.

Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. 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. She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love - a love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family's killers.
The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman's journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.

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Starred Review. 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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About the Author

Immaculee Ilibagiza was born in Rwanda and studied electronic and mechanical engineering at the National University. She lost most of her family during the 1994 genocide. Four years later, she emigrated to the United States and began working at the United Nations in New York City. She is now a full-time public speaker and writer. In 2007 she established the Left to Tell Charitable Fund, which helps support Rwandan orphans.

Immaculee holds honorary doctoral degrees from The University of Notre Dame and Saint John's University, and was awarded The Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace 2007. She is the author, with Steve Erwin, of 'LEFT TO TELL: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.'

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly, Awe Inspiring March 23 2006
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I can not begin to describe the content of this book and how it touched, spoke to and inspired me. A must read! I believe each reader will be personally affected. This book, and journey is really, beyond words. Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Left to Tell June 29 2013
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What a story. I read this on Kindle and enjoyed it so much that I purchased the book for my sister. This woman, Immaculee Ilibagiza is such a strong woman with such a lovely spirit and her faith carried her through this holocaust.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! April 14 2012
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Some books I can pick up and read a little at a time, when the mood strikes. Others I feel compelled to read without interruption. Left to Tell by Immaculee Iliabagiza falls into the latter category. This book tells the true story of a young Rwandan university student who survived the Rwandan Holocaust of 1994. The story is unimaginable and brutal, yet what stands out to me is her total reliance and faith in God. Here is a woman who has experienced God to be her comfort and strength in situations I could truly not imagine being in. She has seen God work miracles. He has given her peace that passes understanding. And she has learned and shared the power of forgiveness.

Her story reminds me of God's Smuggler, Brother Andrew in the 1960's, smuggling Bibles in the back of his car, crossing borders into Communist Russia and God causing the eyes of the border guards to be blinded to it.

This is a book which saddened, educated, and inspired me. This is a book everyone should read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have read Feb. 22 2014
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I truly enjoyed this book. Immaculee is an inspiration. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading real life stories of courage and bravery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an Eye-opener Nov. 19 2013
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And the majority of us think we have or had it bad. I had no idea that this took place. Another eye-opener for me and everyone else who read its it, I am sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grippingly tragic. July 15 2013
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This book was one of the most traumatizing books I have ever read. It definitely gave me nightmares and is not written for the faint of heart. A good book to accompany it is Shake Hands with the Devil by Roméo Dallaire. It helps to get a better picture of the political and international stage as well.
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This is an excellant book which sjows how a person can mature, or grow in wisdom in extremely difficult situations with the help of prayer. The author reveals a person that she is as one who knows who their purpose is and moves ahead with life.

Amazon has sent the book to the wrong address. It was sent to Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0. But I now live in Prince George BC. My address now is 4514 Austin Road West Prince George BC, V2K 3N5. Could you please correct this in your file. Thank you. Roger Lavoie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living through the Rwanda massacre. Dec 20 2012
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It was an amazing life story and she is still living to tell the world about it. Highly recommend reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable
I have purchased copies of this book many times and shared it with friends, prisoners, and anyone who I think will be consoled or inspired by it. A magnificent story.
Published 17 months ago by jane
5.0 out of 5 stars God listens
I have never had such an experience reading a book before.
I kept thinking it was a fictional novel because of the intense emotions it brought out in me. I read it in 6 hours. Read more
Published 23 months ago by divinefeminine
5.0 out of 5 stars Left to tell:discovering God amidst the Rwanda Holocaust
i think everyone should read this book, it made me think about how what we have is paradise and that there are people much worse than us, God bless you and you have given me a new... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2010 by tanina
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing
This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read. If she can forgive what happened to her, I can forgive the small things in my world that I once thought were big. Read more
Published on Dec 25 2009 by Flynette
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think twice about complaining about anything...ever.
Inspirational!

Immaculee's words come alive and touch the heart.To live through the hell she suffered, and come out alive is incredible. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2008 by Leelee
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully moving
This is an amazing book which I recommend highly to anyone wanting to have more knowledge about the Rwandan genocide and, also to anyone seeking answers to their spirituality. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2007 by Margaret O. Lawrence
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