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Left to Tell Audiobook

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

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Publisher's Summary

In 1994, Immaculee Ilibagiza's world was ripped apart when her native country of Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Her family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.

Miraculously, 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 forged a profound and lasting relationship with God.

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

©2006 Immaculee Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin; (P)2006 Hay House

What the Critics Say

"[A] searing firsthand account." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Thank you for this wonderful book. After losing almost everyone and everything she loved to war and hatred, Imaculee has forgiven. Thank you for writing this book.

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    Joanna 25/02/2017
    Joanna 25/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Emotional yet uplifting..."

    I am writing this review 6 years on from reading the book. I'd given it 5 stars on all accounts, however, never actually wrote a review. I remember crying at parts as I was listening, however, overall the book is one of hope and strength. The book has stayed with me and that is a good thing. I would advocate this type of book being read in schools, not for religious purposes, for humanity.

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    Azarie 21/09/2016
    Azarie 21/09/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing story of human manipulation & halacaust ."

    Dispite the Jewish halacaust humanity still fails to recognise the damage done to other communities of people. The lesson that should have been learnt are ignored and continue to be perpetrated in countries where the media is less prominent, the story of Rwanda is still but a blip in history and it's real impact to thousands has never really been told. the author provides a first hand account which helps to offer the horror of loss and grief which can never be healed and should never be replicated.

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    Mick Whitehouse 27/10/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Lest we forget!!"

    Powerful, heart wrenching account of the horrific Rwandan Genoside. There are lessons for humanity, for us all at a personal level within this account of one woman's shocking and moving experience. The narrative is delivered with such power, emotion and vulnerability you are taken on a journey, a roller coaster beyond anything I could imagine. Lest we forget! Everyone should read this book.

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  • Kim
    Pasadena, CA, USA
    22/01/07
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    "What a triumphant spirit"

    This book was flawless and although what the author experienced was a million times worse - I still felt like I was right there with her on that bathroom floor. At times I felt I couldn't go on listening and sometimes did stop the recording but I knew I had to finish - if she could experience it and come out on the other side stronger, wiser and closer to God - then I could simply listen. This story of courage has forever changed me and the way I view the world.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Debby
    SALINAS, CA, United States
    28/06/08
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    "Compellling, Inspirational and Fascinating"

    I resisted reading this book, thinking that any story about the genocide in Rawanda would be too depressing for me to cope with. I was wrong. This story is written and narrated so well, that I listened to the book in one day. Gory details are not what the author focuses on. It is her story of the power of forgiveness and faith. I was so deeply touched by this story that I had to review my own view on faith. I highly recommend this story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cristina
    Long Island City, NY, USA
    22/02/07
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    "Excellent!"

    Very well written, very well read.
    I could feel every bit that was described. The most inspiring book I have listened to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • E. Pearson
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    "Well Worth Your Time"

    "Inspring" in no way does this book justice, but it is inspiring. It is also horrifically tragic--but lest that scare the timid-hearted off--rest assured that the horror and tragedy are presented in extremely non-graphic and bitter-LESS form. Much more could be said, but I'll quit at that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Donald
    Paradise, CA, USA
    07/02/07
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    "Captivating! Enthralling! Uplifting!"

    Immacul?e Ilibagiza's "Left to Tell" is required reading for any of us suffering from bitterness, self-pity, PTSD or any other wallowing disorder. The book moves quickly feeding one with food for thought. The first person, non-fiction narrative makes me wonder how much immunity I have to the infection that inspired the killing spree in Rwanda. It makes me ponder as to whether I would have the strength and virtue of Pastor Murinzi the "local pastor" who harbored Immacul?e Ilibagiza.

    A great read for anyone desirous of breaking stereotypes. Immacul?e's story lacks the taint of bitterness that most of us would be incapable of eliminating in the recounting of such a horrific tale.

    Anyone who thinks such things couldn't happen in "their" town needs to fall on their knees and pray that it doesn't.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • PugsleyOkie
    19/10/17
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    "Inspiring, compelling story! "

    The narrator does an excellent job of bringing this inspiring, compelling story to life. A must-listen!

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  • Anonymous
    15/09/17
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    "Tragic and Heartfelt "

    I was recommended this book by a person who serves regularly in Rwanda and I was far from disappointed. I cried, even sobbed occasionally, listening to this woman's story but I'm so glad I was given the opportunity to hear it.

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  • MCF
    04/09/17
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    "Everyone needs to hear this..."

    This story needs to be heard... not only for the history but for the hope that faith can provide. Read it or listen... but spend time with this story. Normally I'm a reader, but the performance of the narrator is outstanding... this is one to hear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Narloch
    31/08/17
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    "Wow"

    For someone not very familiar with the history of Rwanda this is an excellent book.

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  • Carl and Joyce
    Apollo, PA USA
    29/08/17
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    "Amazing book !"

    I listen and read a lot of books. This just hit me to the core of my heart! My faith grew with each chapter. If this is not made into a movie, they are missing a great opportunity. If they do, they need great actors ! I have so much love and respect for the author. Thank you for sharing your story and your heart of hope and forgiveness.

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