I actually have a few pages left to finish but I already know this is a spiritual classic for me and goes in my Top-Favorite file.
If you have not yet...moreI actually have a few pages left to finish but I already know this is a spiritual classic for me and goes in my Top-Favorite file.
If you have not yet read Left To Tell , go back and read it (either reading our Lady of Kibeho first or second) and then finish up with Led by Faith.
I could read a book by Immaculee every week. She inspires me and her words recharge my spirit and lead me to strive to bring God into the world along the path that He has given to me. She can't help but to cause gratitude to well up in your heart because rarely will you encounter anyone else who has suffered so much and forgiven such evil actions of her fellow man; her story (especially Left to Tell) also serves to add more depth to my meditations of Christ's sufferings on the Cross.
Led by Faith has a powerful message for all faiths about God's mercy and providence that Immaculee has been uniquely equipped to spread. Nevertheless Catholics will be overjoyed and encouraged to find abundant examples of the Communion of Saints (shown in her mother's comforting presence in her life in times of great sadness), the great power of God in the prayers of the Rosary and mass, and inspiring examples of holy priests and nuns.
These books do not end when the last page has been read. Our Lady of Kibeho and Immaculee are on a mission to bring healing and forgiveness to the whole world.
I would add only one of my own suggestions to the incredible wealth of Immaculee's life of faith and that is to offer masses for the souls of those who have died struggling to forgive those who have done grave harm to them and their loved ones. Whether they were slaves or holocaust and genocide victims their souls await the purification that will unite them with saints in Heaven like the Ilibagiza family. God will give their prayers the grace of conversions and strengthen the Church Militant here on earth!
After reading about the last days of the Romanovs, I chose this author to read more about Nicholas and Alexandria and their family because of her tale...moreAfter reading about the last days of the Romanovs, I chose this author to read more about Nicholas and Alexandria and their family because of her talent for making history read like a novel. Didn't like the absence of maps and photos (there were several photos of family members but none of the palace, surrounding areas, supporting characters, Rasputin, etc.) and the length was a little too long; a few places that dragged on could have been a little tighter.
Nicholas and Alexandria were totally unsuited for the life of an imperial couple. Nicky was completely unprepared to take the throne after his father's untimely death and coming as it did virtually on the eve of his and Alix's wedding seemed to become an omen of a reign that was bad for Russia and tragic for a family.
It ended with the deaths of the family which was very abrupt.(less)