Friday, June 27, 2008
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza
Recommended audience: Mature teen to adult
Left to Tell is one of those books that everyone should read. It is both profoundly sad, yet uplifting and inspiring as you read about the triumph of the human spirit. I listened to this book on CD's and even though Immaculee did not read it, I felt like she was speaking to me and telling me her story. Immaculee Ilibagiza begins by telling the reader (or listener, in my case) the story of her idyllic childhood, how she was raised by a loving family in a beautiful country. She had no sense of the racial tension that was running through the society because her parents taught her to respect all people. She did run into discrimination as she got older and wanted to go to high school and university but was able to overcome it. Before she could graduate from university, though, chaos erupted in Rwanda. That was in April 1994. Her story is horrifying and miraculous at the same time. I highly recommend this book. Just as the title says, Immaculee believes that she was preserved, "left to tell" her story, and it is one that should be heard.