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

In Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, Immaculee Ilibagiza recounts her survival of the Rwandan Genocide in a bathroom with seven other women for 91 days. Through all the hardships she experienced, Ilibagiza was able to do what rarely anyone can: forgive. Throughout the book, we see Ilibagiza’s spiritual journey in order to finally be able to forgive her persecutors; holding nothing back, she even describes her initial desires for revenge.

I enjoyed this book because Ilibagiza writes about her struggle in learning to forgive without sugarcoating anything. The book is filled with vivid details, which at times made the book hard to read. That’s another reason why I enjoyed Left to Tell so much: it was real and made it impossible to ignore the atrocities that occurred.

Left to Tell inspires readers to embrace the ability of forgiveness. The ability to forgive seems to have lost its value in society, which is why I recommend reading Left to Tell. By no means does Left to Tell conceal the difficulty in learning to forgive but it does describe the enormous impact forgiving can have in someone’s life.

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