Discovering God amidst the Rwandan Holocaust in 1994
Reference Information for the Book
- Name of Book:Left To Tell
- Author Name: Immaculée Ilibagiza with Steven Irwin
- Publisher: Hay House, Inc. Carlsbad, California
- Year Released and/or ISBN Number: Copyright 2006 - ISBN: 978-1-4019-0896-6 hardcover
Type of Book
About the Writing
- ---Wayne Dyer, Maui, Hawaii. Words taken from the forward: "I've had read thousands of books over the past 50 years. The book you hold in your hands is by far the most moving and poignantly significant of the vast library that comprises my life time of personal reading. You're about to embark on a journey that will undoubtedly change the way you view the power of faith---forever. A single from the Scriptures reminds us that "with God all things are possible." As you bear witness to Immaculée's transcendent experience in the midst of the holocaust too terrible to even contemplate, you will also understand how the limitless power of pure, undetermined faith can indeed work miracles." He closes with: "I love this book, and I love Immaculée Ilibagiza. Immaculée, thank you for coming into my life."
About the Authors
- Immaculée was born in Rwanda and studied electronic and mechanical engineering at the National University. She lost most of her family during the 1994 genocide. Four years later, she emigrated from Rwanda to the United States and began working for the United Nations in New York City. She is establishing the Ilibagiza foundatioin to help others heal from the long term effects of genocide and war. Immaculée lives in Long Island with her husband Bryan Black, and their two children, Nikeisha, and Bryan, Jr. Steve Erwin is a writer and award winning journalist working in print and broadcast media. Most ecently, he was a foreign correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Natasha Stoynoff, and is writing his second novel.
Some Quotes about the Book
- "I am humbled by the extraordinary spirituality that shines throughout Immaculée's story of terror, endurance, healing, and forgiveness. As a Rwandan, I am proud that we can look beyond the misconceived differences that resulted in the murder of so many of our children, men and women in 1994. Immaculée's account of genocide survival is truly astonishing. It gives hope of overcoming the divisions deliberately created by those with self-serving agendas and no thought for humanity. Everyone should read this story---survivors as well as perpetrators. I hope all can experience Immaculée's profound spiritual transformation and be inspired to work for a united and lasting nation. Jeannette Kagame, First Lady of the Republic of Rwanda.
Why I Enjoyed Reading the Book
- Until I read this book I thought I had a strong faith in the Lord; well, this story deepened my desire to be stronger in my faith, and how I should go about it. Immaculée's amazing trust in the Lord will be etched in my mind for the rest of my life. If I can be half the person she is I will have grown immeasurably in my journey.
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
When you consider that almost a million people were slaughtered in Rwanda, virtually needlessly, there is no more apt definition of bad and evil. The good that has come from the author's story and her unselfish actions can only be described by her telling about 90 days of pure hell in a 3x4 foot bathroom with 8 people. Chopping peoples bodies up with machetes in front of others is so ugly that it impossible to imagine the mindset of someone who does such evil. This story will change you life forever.