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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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Immaculée 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.
Immaculée 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.
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It has forever changed my outlook on life. :-)Published 1 month ago by jls
An extraordinary account of one womans survival during the Rwanda genocide. It reinforced her already devout faith in god and this is a very religious book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by docrankin
Such a troubling story. This story has really touched my spirit. The way Immaculee survived the entire situation without giving up on God is truly a miraculous story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MPN747
First person account of the Rwandan gene ice from the viewpoint of a Tutsi school girl. Excellent read.Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Colleen M. Paul
Every Catholic should read this story. It is truly inspiring.Published 8 months ago by Renee Erickson
Riveting, amazing, terrible but inspiring. What a book... Very good packaging, delivered in good time. Book in good condition.Published 11 months ago by Brad Fast
Very moving story of deep faith , Love and courage and of forgivness.Published 12 months ago by Micheline Lagace