Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza

2630c060ada012581b279110_L $14.95, 215 pages, Biography–Inspirational–History–Africa

An unforgettable story of faith during the 1994 Rwandan Holocaust that will forever change you!

Website for Left to Tell


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Publishers Weekly

Imagine 91 days in a cramped bathroom with 7 other women fearing for your life.  This happened to Ilibagiza during the 1994 Rwandan Holocaust.  The Tutsis tribe in Africa was under attack from the neighboring Hutu tribe and government.  Nearly one million people were killed and the fighting continued.  Ilibagiza recounts her story of fear, faith and prayer.  This powerful memoir is filled with examples of friendship, faithfulness and forgiveness.  A story you will likely never forget!

This book blew me away as I was in awe of the courage, faith and devotion shown by Immaculee Ilibagiza.  For me, the book provided immense perspective for what I saw as my life’s challenges.  The book also demonstrated a very real and active demonstration of amazing faith!  Inspirational and life-altering moments packaged in this memoir.

Other books by Immaculee Ilibagiza: Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa, The Boy Who Met Jesus: Segatashya Emmanuel of Kibeho and Led By Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide.

Appeal Factors: Inspirational, Compelling, Hopeful, Impassioned

A movie was made based on this book and plans for a motion picture are in the works: The Diary of Immaculee (2006)

Discussion Questions

I chose to read this book after one of my dearest friends insisted I read it. She couldn’t put the book down and would not stop talking about it. I noticed the book on her Goodreads account with her glowing five-star rating. I later saw the book in our returns area at work and decided to give the book a try. I am so very glad I did!
The city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana chose this book as a “One Book One Community” selection and developed a fantastic discussion guide for its participants:One Book One Community Guide

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