- Paperback: 235 pages
- Publisher: Hay House (20 April 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401908977
- ISBN-13: 978-1401908973
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,90,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Left to Tell: One Woman's Story of Surviving the Rwandan Genocide Paperback – 20 Apr 2006
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About the Author
Immaculee Ilibagiza is a member of the United Nations Development Program. She survived the savage Rwanda genocide and has devoted her life to sharing the importance of the virtues of understanding and forgiveness.
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Her family was well known for their kindness. They were catholics who prayed together and who lived as true christians in every sense of the word. For instance, when Immaculee was finally made safe in a French army base, she heard the laughing of another Tutsi survivor. The woman laughed because of the sheer delight of being alive. The woman looked at Immaculee and told her she had the face of her mother, the face of her father. Immaculee did not know the woman. The woman told her that she had been supported in her education by her mother, who had heard of her scholarship and gave to her mother so she could continue in school. Year after year Immaculee’s mother sent the money to help the young student. The woman said that Immaculee’s mother was truely a saint. She said that she had promised God that she would do anything for that family if she ever could. She ended up taking fifteen Tutsi survivors in her own home.
Immaculee, later forgave the man who lead the murderers in her own tiny town. Why? He had always been very well dressed and always acted as a friend of the family. She saw him now as a pitiful creature, famished and sickened. She learned it was his voice who searched for her so many times. He was trying to find her so he could kill the last family member and take their farm. She forgave him because that was all she could offer.
The family of Immaculee and the many situations that happened in the story, has had a profound effect on me. I pray silently during the day. I have a new lease on life where I am nurturing the concept of gratitude in my son. I believe in God more intensely that I ever had. Dr Wayne Dyer, a noted psychologist, wrote the forward. He said it is the most important book of all of his thousands. Now it is my most imporant book.
This book has NOT that same voice. I must attribute it to the editor who supposedly made the manuscript ready for English publication. Immaculee was uplifting and full of love! This book says all the right things but is completely VOID of her tone. I'm fully disappointed. It's a very hard read. Emotionally. You may say it's because of the topic. This is true! But when SHE speaks, and she shared boldly the most explicit events without hesitation, it is without any animosity. She shared facts of horrific suffering but in a voice of love, a voice commanding repentance, commanding forgiveness.
I just didn't hear her at all in the book. I wish they had published her words. I wish I could read that original manuscript.
You will still get an inside view of this painful part of history. You will still learn of her faith.