Left to Tell
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 d...more
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As an agnostic (though my views on spirituality are constantly in flux) I expected that her story would come off as a bit hokey, with too much Jesus-speak for me. Ag ...more
I answered him with the truth: "Forgiveness is all I have to offer."
THAT line is the goal....but how the heck did this woman get to that point is why you NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!!
Guilt and anger are forces destroying our cultures, our churches, and ourselves most ...more
I finished it in two days because the author's story is so compelling. And it's not just what she suffered or lost, because many people endured greater tragedies and were left without anyone. What made Immaculeé's story stand out was that she focused on her spiritual development throughout the crisis. We see how she was raised as ...more
Would I recommend this book to my friends? Only certain of them. If you like to read books that entertain and put your brain on cruise control, this isn't the book fo ...more
1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another's ability.
2. belief that is not based on proof
3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion
4. belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.
How Immaculee Ilibagiza's faith was not shattered and completely destroyed after her ordeal in the Rwandan holocaust is astonishing. Tribal tensions between the Hutus and the Tutsis escalate and the Hutus set about ...more
These people are just like you and me: human, educated, desiring of a happy life, and it's stunning to see how quickly so much of this can go down the tubes when mob mentality, based on racial prejudice, sets in. And lest my dear review reader thinks that such thin ...more
I was inspired by Immaculee's ability to visualize w ...more
The terrible things that happened are beyond belief! I suppose it makes little sense to ...more
It was a great reminder that money and power can influence people to do evil. Slowly, people can be influenced to believe things that are not true or act inhuma ...more
This book was wonderful. I marveled at her amazing faith ...more
Well, I read it. And here is my review. I'll address it in two parts: The Story and The Writing.
The Story: It is terrifying to see an entire country collapse into rampant mob-murder. I can't really take it in entirely. It's too much to think th ...more
Left to Tell is the true and horribly detailed account of a tremendous evil that left over one million dead--most of them chopped to de ...more
I'll never be the same after reading this book. Anyone who reads my review, read this book. Read it! Read it with a compassionate and open heart and your world will be changed.
Left to Tell would be a 4 out of 5 stars. It shows what she is feeling and ...more
Here is a thought from Elder Holland (fireside address, "Lessons from Liberty Jail", September 2008) that I thought went along well with the overall message of the book...
"...when you have to, you can have sacred, revelatory, profoundly instructive experience with the Lord in any situation you are ...more
Also, the blatant commercialization of the story. I enjoy a little Wayne Dyer from time to time, but holy crapshoot batman, they hijacked this story. Her faith had to be strong an ...more
I found her story sad, and her abil ...more
I honestly knew NOTHING about the Rwandan genocide in the mid 1990's and I am simply HORRIFIED. I cried multiple times during this book, and felt like I would be sick as well. Immaculee told her story in a straightforward manner; the writing was simple but heartfelt, like I was sitting down with her and l ...more
The author, Immaculée Ilibagizaa, is a Tutsi Rwandan who hides in the bathroom of ...more