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Left to Tell

Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
Narrated by: Lisa Renee Pitts
Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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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

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

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wonderful and brave story

An amazing story, enjoyed every second of the book, and not recommended for the faint hearted.

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Shockingly good!

I was slightly apprehensive with regards the religious element after I'd read other reviews but I wanted to give it a go as I felt my knowledge of the genocide was very limited, which I felt embarrassed about. This is excellent book and very hard hitting, and one that should not be overlooked - a must read in my opinion.

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Interesting....

a really touching story. Lacks depth, but well narrated . it was interesting but that could be because I know little of the history behind the story. Uplifting and enjoyable to hear the positive side of religion.

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Finished in 1 go

What a powerful story! Recleaned my whole house just to keep listening to the story :p

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Must Read

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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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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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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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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Annoyingly religious

I am very happy that god saved the main character. However, a simple implication of that is that the same god brutally murdered houndreds of thousands of others. He must be really busy involving himself into llistening thoughts and prayers of all of us and even supervising the main character English lessons. Also, I found the narrater very much over the top and annoying.

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  • 22-01-07

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.

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  • Debby
  • 28-06-08

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.

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  • Cristina
  • 22-02-07

Excellent!

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-09-18

Good Book, bad over look

They book itself was great. But the thing I can’t understand is where the rest of the book? It only gave me chapters 1 - 4?!? Where is the rest?!?

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  • E. Pearson
  • 23-11-11

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.

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  • Jeremy
  • 27-01-18

Amazing!

This book was so deeply moving. To hear the horrific events of the authors life and yet how she found God and forgiveness in it all is amazing. If you want to have your perception shifted this is the book for you. I listened to this book in 2 days. I couldn’t wait to get back to every chance I got! Highly recommend!

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  • Donald
  • 07-02-07

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.

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  • Cathi D.
  • 23-09-18

Amazing beyond belief

I had an opportunity to hear Immaculae speak recently and she is a gift from God! Her life is a true account of a relationship with God that could not be destroyed! This book will be an inspiration to all who read it and will allow you an opportunity to trust in the Lord always! Thank God for her mission that continues to serve her God.. Love this book!

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  • S. Thomas
  • 21-09-18

Extremely Inspiring

Out of the darkness into the light. I felt terror, fear, anger, sorrow, and pain.......I don't feel forgiveness yet. She a good example of a strong, spiritual woman.

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  • Arlene Olsen
  • 18-09-18

Who could not be touched by this story

This was a hard story to listen to, but so worth it! I really loved how the narrator made feel as she read the authors words I really felt inspired after listening to this book.

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