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

Published: 2007-06-01
Paperback : 240 pages
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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. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the ...
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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. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.

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. She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love?a love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family’s killers.

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

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Watch a video before discussion
by schultzmom (see profile) 03/25/14
Our hostess had us watch UTube video on the Rwandan genocide, told by another survivor. This gave us another perspective of the tragic events.
Video resources
by jouelle3 (see profile) 01/03/14
View the Frontline documentary called "Ghosts of Rwanda" on YouTube and pbs.org. View also the movie "Hotel Rwanda".

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  "Another Holocaust that we knew little about"by schultzmom (see profile) 03/25/14

The genocide in Rwanda wasn't widely publicized in the 1990s. This book opens your eyes to the tragic events that almost wiped out an entire group of people. The author's faith in God delivers her and... (read more)

 
  "Left to Tell"by Leaustin1 (see profile) 03/25/14

 
  "Personal account of surviving the Rwandan genocide of 1994"by jouelle3 (see profile) 01/03/14

Serious topic but interesting to read of first-hand account of survival and forgiveness.

 
  "A gripping first hand account of survival during the Rwandan holocaust"by hokiegirl (see profile) 09/27/13

Truly an amazing book. The story of a young Tutsi woman living in Rwanda during the genocide. Her story will make you cry at the horror but shake your head in disbelief at her incredible fa... (read more)

 
  "Amazing story"by chrissybergeron (see profile) 09/16/11

 
  "incredible story, and true!"by AdrienneM (see profile) 01/01/11

Most inspirational book I have ever read. It was difficult to put it down. everyone in our group found it to be a very worthwhile book and we had a terrific discussion.

 
  "Good read"by kht54 (see profile) 04/28/10

I found this story very inspiring about the strength of the human spirit, well worth reading

 
  "Left to Tell"by janamathewson (see profile) 01/26/10

This book is very eye-opening in regards to recent history. I think anyone who reads this book will benefit with the knowledge and insight they gain. Once it gets going it is very hard to set down--a sign... (read more)

 
  "Left to Tell"by macee.jones (see profile) 01/26/10

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