Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Left To Tell

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
by Immaculee Ilibagiza with Steve Erwin

Genre: Non-fiction

Synopsis:  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.  Her family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.

Miraculously, Immaculee survived the slaughter.  For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor's home 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 truly discovered the meaning of unconditional love-a love so strong that she was able to seek out and forgive her family's killers.

The triumphant story of this remarkable woman's journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.
from the book jacket

Review:  I was amazed by Immaculee in this book.  Her faith in God and her faith in hope was truly remarkable while going through such a horrific event.  My heart broke for her and all of the victims of the genocide in Rwanda.  Immaculee was hidden in a bathroom with seven women, fed minimally (for fear of discovery), had nothing to do because they needed to maintain silence so Immaculee decided to continue and further her spirituality and relationship with God.  She never lost hope that the country would make it out of this horror.  She believed with all of her being that God would protect her.  After she was rescued and discovered the fate of her family, she looked to God for comfort and managed to forgive the man who led the gang that killed her family.  How extraordinary. 

Rating: 4 stars

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