Left to Tell is the story of Immaculee Ilibagiza. How she grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. She thought her world was almost perfect until the scary day in 1994 when her idyllic world was ripped apart - the day Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans. Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For over three months, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them.
It is during those endless hours that Immaculee discovers the power of prayer. She lets go of her fear of death and finds a profound and lasting relationship with God. She emerges from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love—a love so strong she is able seek out and forgive her family’s killers and same men trying to hunt her down as well.
The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide spoke to me and kept me riveted from the first page - I am not normally a non-fiction lover, but this one kept me wanting more. A truly tragic time for Rwanda, but a growing time in the life of Immaculee.