January 29, 2009

Left To Tell, by Immaculee Ilibagiza

I chose to read this book because it was required reading for my son. I wanted to understand what he was learning, and was amazed by it.

This is a true story of a woman who survived the Rwandan holocaust of 1994 by being hidden in a tiny bathroom with 7 other women for almost three months. The only thing that seemed to keep her alive and sane was her faith.

I am not a very religious person, but I did not have a hard time believing what she felt was her God's hand taking away her suffering, and protecting or saving her many times. What I felt most profoundly while reading this was that you choose how you feel about what life hands you, whatever your religious beliefs may be.

This woman chose to be thankful for what she had, not bitter over what she had lost. She chose to forgive in the face of hatred. Her attitude of tolerance and love is inspiring.

I would highly recommend it.


  1. This sounds like a very interesting book...I'm going to have it to my "to read" list!

  2. I have this on my shelf, and I plan on reading it this year. I've heard great things about it.


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