Book review: Left to Tell

Immaculée Ilibagiza, the author of Left to Tell, shares the miraculous story of how she survived during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.

Immaculée Ilibagiza, the author of Left to Tell, shares the miraculous story of how she survived during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.

She tells how she and seven other women silently hid together in a bathroom of a local pastor’s house for 91 days.

 Left to Tell is an appealing and inspiring book. In it, Immaculée shows how embracing the power of prayer can build a deep and lasting relationship with God. According to the book, she realised the importance of forgiveness along with the meaning of unconditional love and understanding even in the darkest hours.

“In the midst of genocide, I’d found my salvation. I knew that my bond with God would transcend the bathroom, the war, and the holocaust…it was a bond I now knew would transcend life itself.…I sat stone-still on that dirty floor for hours on end, contemplating the purity of His energy while the force of His love flowed through me like a sacred river, cleansing my soul and easing my mind. Sometimes I felt as though I were floating above my body.”

The spirituality that is portrayed in Immaculée Ilibagiza’s Left to Tell is extremely captivating and inspirational, especially as we commemorate, for the eighteen time, the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.

Left to Tell is currently sold in most libraries or bookstores in town.

 

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