Immaculée Ilibagiza (born ) is a Rwandan American author and motivational speaker. Her first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan. Left to Tell has ratings and reviews. Stephen said: Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. Immaculee Ilibagiza shares the power of faith in God through her experience of the Rwandan genocide. She attests that forgiveness is possible.

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Any Hutu who resisted or sheltered Tutsis was also brutally murdered.

You can have sacred, revelatory, profoundly instructive experience with the Lord in the most miserable experiences of your life—in the worst settings, while enduring the most painful injustices, when facing the most insurmountable odds and opposition you have ever faced. Most people assume the holocaust was a Hutu versus Tutsi tribal conflict. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Plain an simple – She told the story the only way she could.

Immaculee relies on God when she needs it the most so she talks to him. The recurring theme in Left to Tell is to forgive ilibgaiza forget.

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

Although I didn’t think I would give this book this many stars at first, it was a powerful tale of survival and one woman’s account of how she survived this and later began to work for the UN, and how she seeks to help other survivors. It hurts me too deeply to realize that this happened in my conscious lifetime.

Faith is a big and challenging aspect in this book and it needs to be known. How someone is able to get to the point that they think it’s okay, necessary even, to chop babies in half or throw hundreds of people into a fire because they are ethnically different is incomprehensible.

My favorite quote from the book happens when there are killers outside the place she is hiding, calling her name and she All those who harassed Eliece about this book, need to buck up and read it. Every one of us, in one way or another, great or small, dramatic or incidental, is going to spend a little time in Liberty Jail—spiritually speaking.


Klibagiza know I needed a shot in the arm to remind me of the bounteous blessings I have living in this country. Reading it has inspired me to improve my own relationship with God and to learn to trust in Him more.

Surely there are a host of Rwandan martyrs looking down on us from heaven. ilibaguza

As ofCatholics represented I will put my life on the line to protect, no questions asked. This page was last edited on 25 Novemberat Ilibgiza they looked there was the Hutu killers swiping at them with machetes and rifles. Jun 21, Audrey rated it really liked it Shelves: But a close friend of mine said she kept thinking I should read this book and then lent it tepl me.

It’s too much to think th I haven’t read much about the Rwandan genocide because it still feels so close. It’s hard to imagine that we live in a world where things immaculeee this happen, and we don’t tune in or send help. What the hell goes wrong in your head that makes murder okay?!?! Mar 28, Karen rated it it was amazing. Immaculee calls on God and hopes he hears her.

Immaculée Ilibagiza

And on my first read, I completely missed the unique custom in Rwanda, where every family member has a different last name. He will shield you with His wings! I am so very blessed. Immauclee book also focuses largely on faith, which can be a very challenging subject for many young readers, let alone adult readers.

It is filled with love, compassion, and resilience.

I suppose it makes little sense to It’s sadly ironic that some people see proof that there is no God when they consider the evil manifest in the Rwandan holocaust. This book broke my heart over and over all the while strengthening my spirit.

From what Immcaulee have been told it is mildly graphic and horrific as she describes the massacre of her own family and the immaculef I have to be honest, I don’t really want to read this book because it hurts my heart too much. And maybe throw in some birth control while you are at it” mode. Her story, even for a nonbeliever, is an inspiring tale and a stunning demonstration of the power of her faith.


Call inmaculee karma, or divine intervention, or simply getting tel what you put in, or whatever you want; the fact remains that Ilibagiza is certainly one of the most impressive and inspirational people I know of. View all 17 comments. You can really picture what is going on and you can connect with her based on what she is feeling or how she uses her faith to keep her going.

She is like a bird, soaring over all her problems and eventually being free. Even so, it is extremely hard to look at the ugly face of reality and actually embrace it.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The pastor and Immaculee show loyalty by keeping their fate trusted in God.

Immaculée Ilibagiza – Wikipedia

I marveled at her amazing faith This book broke my heart over and over all the while strengthening my spirit. There is, of course, something to be said for positive thinking, but to ilibxgiza this extreme version of this concept in the middle of a story, a real story, where so many people died who may have been thinking positively, too, you knowit rings false.

There is a theme of forgiveness when Immaculee and the other women leave the bathroom and while there in the bathroom. And lest my dear review reader thinks that such thin Shocking and inspiring. Want to Read saving…. This book is much like “The Hiding Place” in its focus on forgiveness and God’s love and support through such great trials.