The book was published in , 12 years after the genocide that claimed one million lives in days. She grew up in a middle-class family that valued education, and she had three brothers. Her family was Tutsi. Tensions with the Hutu ethnic group, the majority, were present throughout her life, but rarely made her feel unsafe.
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Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide.
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. In this captivating and inspiring book, Immacuee shows us how to embrace the power of prayer, forge a profound and lasting relationship with God, and discover the importance of forgiveness and the meaning of truly unconditional love and understanding—through our darkest hours.
As a Rwandan, I am proud that we can look beyond the misconceived differences that resulted in the murder of so many of our children, men, and women in It gives us hope of overcoming the divisions deliberately created by those with self-serving agendas and no thought for humanity.
Everyone should read this story—survivors as well as perpetrators. It is this unsettling tension between horror and faith that haunted me long after my tears and nausea had subsided.
As unspeakable evil spreads around her, and she has to dig deeper and deeper to find compassion, hope, and ultimately the kind of genuine forgiveness that offers redemption. Left to Tell will leave you breathless and falling to your knees with renewed faith. This book moved me in unimaginable ways, and reminded me once again about the immense grace that is born out of faith and forgiveness.
This is a book that defies adequate description. This is a book that will stay with me forever. A must-read for all of us in these troubled times.
Her first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust , is an autobiographical work detailing how she survived during the Rwandan genocide. She survived hidden for 91 days with seven other women in a small bathroom, no larger than 3 feet 0. The bathroom was concealed in a room behind a wardrobe in the home of a Hutu pastor. Besides herself, the only other survivor in her family was her brother Aimable, who was studying out of the country in Senegal and did not know of the genocide. She tells her story of survival immediately following the genocide she had lived through. It describes how her faith in God kept her going as she struggled to find her place in the world again, and it also shows how she sought out and encouraged many of the orphans who were equally lost.
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