Left to Tell has ratings and reviews. Stephen said: Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. Immaculée Ilibagiza (born ) is a Rwandan American author and motivational speaker. Her first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan. 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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She writes simply and straightforwardly, giving the impression that she is telling events just as they happened, in all their bone-chilling details. I take issue with automatically forgiving murderers and believe that true forgiveness, especially when it comes to such atrocities, can only come from God.

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.

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Immaculee would like to forgive the soldiers and the killers for all that they did but finds this hard to do after seeing the many graves of the Tutsi’s that have been killed. Sometimes the best thing to do is forgive and forget. Well, I read it.

They don’t have to be perfectly written or come with accompanying historical footnotes, etc. I’m so glad I finally made the time to read it. I cried through every chapter. I would turn to God and let His love and forgiveness protect and save me.

Retrieved from ” https: She opened it immediately and looked down to read Psalm 91 which reads: I can’t really take it in entirely. It is a book that uplifts, even while it subdues. 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.


Jun 30, Kt rated it it was amazing Shelves: But you forgave him! At that moment the pastor opened the door and gave her the requested Bible. I haven’t read much about the Rwandan genocide because it still feels so close.

Immaculée Ilibagiza

View all 8 comments. Read it with a compassionate and immacules heart and your world will be changed. We all must learn to forgive.

But the events are not really what leaves the impression. All I know, is that my faith, which most days is weak to non-existent, would certainly be gone after enduring what Immaculee endured.

Slowly, people can be influenced to believe things that are not true or act inhuma Amazing survival story! Will share this and her other book with my daughters and friend who are going to hear her.

The narrative’s glut of horrific violence made me sick at heart, but Ilibagiza’s faith and personal strength pulled me through.

This part clearly demonstrates the central message: What the hell goes wrong in your head that makes murder okay?!?! By the way, how could she know she weighed 65 pounds, when she lived in very primitive conditions for the next several weeks. Mar 28, Karen rated it it was amazing.

Every one of us, in one way or another, great or small, dramatic or incidental, is going to spend a little time in Liberty Jail—spiritually speaking. Immaculee realizes that she wants revenge on the Tto killers, but she knows that is the evil of the devil lurking around in her.

The baby is left for dead, and Immaculee has to hear the baby cry all night until the crying is replaced by the sound of snarling dogs. Only certain of them. Some of my favorite quotes: But the lessons of the winter of —39 teach us that every experience can become a redemptive experience if we remain bonded to our Father in Heaven through that difficulty. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Her story is honest, touching, and life-affirming; and readers can certainly learn something about love, equality, life, and passion from it, regardless of religion or race.


Indeed, we may face difficult circumstances for reasons that were absolutely right and proper, reasons that came because ommaculee were trying to keep the commandments of the Lord.

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

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 ilibaggiza know she had. Immaculee’s faith has been tested throughout the whole book but iliabgiza isn’t until the end where it is truly tested. She went home from college for Easter when the genocide started in earnest. It has been over eight years since I read this. The Nazi Holocaust took off from the nearly exact same foundation of social and class prejudice against the Jews.

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculée Ilibagiza

But a close friend of mine said she kept thinking I should read this book and then lent it to me. I feel quite certain that the publisher of this book has a definite bias in favor of automatic forgiveness. Anyway, I think that this should be required reading. This book can be read in one sitting, though its effects will linger for days afterwards. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.