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  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; 1 edition (Feb. 10 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401908977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401908973
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 By Margaret O. Lawrence on Feb. 12 2007
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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. Immaculee writes her story without omitting the wavering questions that we all ask ourselves when faced with horror and tragedy but then she shows how you can overcome the bitterness by working at your faith in God and putting it into action. A remarkable true story which inspires our thinking and pushes us to be our better selves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. English on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Read for Life on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leelee_read on Jan. 12 2008
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Inspirational!

Immaculee's words come alive and touch the heart.To live through the hell she suffered, and come out alive is incredible. To continue believing in life, love and God, is simply miraculous.

I bought a copy for me, then ordered four copies to share with my closest friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tanina on Aug. 24 2010
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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 look at how to pray and ask God for help and he will help us. Thank you, thank you,and once again thank you
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By divinefeminine on May 10 2012
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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. I was sad that such a page-turner was a true story.

This book is about GOD. Immaculee illustrate that with god, all things are possible....
We must believe it, and feel it in our being. She mastered this while being stuck in a bathroom for 3 months BEING HUNTED. She faces death, evil, but also experiences warmth and love..mainly through god.

Despite what your RELIGIOUS beliefs are, if you are interested, above all else, to being closer to GOD, this book is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MERRYL SQUAIR on 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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By Flynette on Dec 25 2009
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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. Whatever your belief system, she will inspire you.
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