In the spring of 1994, more than one million people were murdered in the Rwandan genocide. This is the story of how Immaculee survived certain death, along with seven other women, by hiding in a very small bathroom for more than 3 months. Day after day, for months, the killers would search nearby – gleefully chanting “kill them big, kill them small, kill them, kill them, kill them all!” With uncommon sincerity, Immaculee shares with us her soul's struggle through disbelief to anger and rage and, ultimately, forgiveness. She is living proof of the power of prayer and positive thinking.
Her story will touch you deeply. You will feel her fear, you will cry, and you will ask yourself the same questions that we as a people have been asking forever: How could this happen? Where does such animosity come from? Why can't we just be like God, Who is the Source for all of us? But you will also feel something else most profoundly: You will feel hope, a hope that inch by inch, we as a people are moving toward a new alignment—that is, we're moving toward living God-realized lives.
"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. 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. 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." - Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review, March 2006
Immaculee donates proceeds from this book sale to the Left to Tell Charitable Fund.
|By:||L.T. (Virginia, April 2, 2009)|
|Review:||I needed to remember how special the gift of faith is- this book reminded me. The power of prayer, the blessing of being God's beloved child, and positive thinking saves this woman's life. We are all called to be saints; here is one example. Entralling book that you won't want to put down. Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Informative, Well Written|
|By:||Annie (CT, November 28, 2008)|
|Review:||This was one of those books I could not put down. And when I was not reading it, I could not get my mind off of it. When it ended, I wanted to know even more about this woman's life(after 1998). I understand this author is coming out with a new book soon. I can't wait. I can't believe that through all the carnage and atrocity in this book, the one thing I take from it more then anything else is the message of Hope and Faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. The faith this woman had and continues to have outshines all the evil she endured. Best Uses: Education, Everyone; Describe Yourself: Avid Reader; Pros: Engaging|
|By:||Courtney (Charlotte Office, October 15, 2009)|
|Review:||All my friends were raving about this book so I thought I would give it a try. I now know why they couldn't stop talking about it. This book made such a big impact on some of my friends that they actually went to Africa on a pilgrimage with Immaculee to personally witness the beauty that arises from darkness. The power of prayer is truly undeniable after reading this book. Best Uses: Gift, Younger Readers; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Page-Turner, Well Written|
|By:||Josette (LaPorte, IN, June 22, 2010)|
|Review:||My 8th graders ALWAYS remark about the profound impact of Left to Tell. I also teach Elie Wiesel's Night, and my students (and I) place the two memoirs in in the same class: Honest. Wrenching. Necessary. Best Uses: Classrooms, Gift, Older Readers, Reference; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Engaging characters, Informative, Page-Turner, Well Written|
|By:||Kate (Denver, CO, May 3, 2011)|
|Review:||This book is amazing. It shows that everything is forgivable. If you are holding on to a grudge, read this book, it will change your life. Best Uses: Book club, Personal growth; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Engaging characters, Informative, Page-Turner, Well Written|
|By:||Avid Reader (Spruce Grove, Alberta, February 16, 2012)|
|Review:||Makes a good gift. A good example of surviving a life threatening situation with grace and how to recover from the same with grace and forgiveness. Best Uses: Example of forgiveness, Gift, Older Readers; Describe Yourself: Bookworm; Pros: Captivating, Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Engaging characters, Informative, Page-Turner, Well Written|
|By:||Garrut (Massachusetts, May 22, 2012)|
|Review:||Intense book. I can't imagine going through what she and the people of Rwanda went through. Best Uses: Gift, Older Readers, Travel Reading, Younger Readers; Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Easy To Read, Engaging characters, Well Written|