Sunday, July 19, 2009

Left To Tell

I just finished reading the book,"Left to Tell" by Immaculee Ilibagiza.

About the book: "Immaculée shares her miraculous story of how she survived during the Rwanda genocide in 1994 when she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor’s house for 91 days. In this captivating and inspiring book, Immaculée shows us how to embrace the power of prayer, forge a profound and lasting relationship with God, and discover the importance of forgiveness and the meaning of truly unconditional love and understanding—through our darkest hours." (summary from http://www.lefttotell.com/)

I highly recommend this book to anyone. It brought tears to my eyes and taught me so much. It inspired me to pray more often, more specifically and more fervently. It reminded me of how miracles still happen. It inspired me to try and form a closer relationship with God, through prayer and scripture study. It taught me to forgive more willingly. This woman forgave men who killed most of her family during this atrocious Rwandan genocide. Its an amazing and unbelievable story. And as you know, very sad. I can't imagine going through what this woman did. And I just can't believe people can be so cruel. She is truly an inspiration. She embodies charity-the pure love of Christ. If you haven't read it already, add it to your book list! It may sound like a depressing book, and yes, the material is very sad, but its so very uplifting. I closed the book feeling like I had a whole new outlook on life. Thanks Immaculee for sharing your story.
Up next on my reading list: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Glenn Beck's Common Sense. Yes, I'm trying to become more literate! :)

12 comments:

Becca said...

That is one of the best books I have EVER read. For days after finishing I remember walking around feeling uplifted and inspired. I will second you on making that one a MUST READ!

Jan said...

Thanks Holly. I think I trust you.

hoLLy said...

you only "think" you trust me? you can jan, you can!

Cynthia said...

Sounds like a great read. I haven't heard of it where did you hear of it? I'm soooooo behind on every kind of reading of course as you can see not on reading up on blogs etc., etc., but your right it does sound like a very uplifting book. I know so many times I have to tell myself I do not have nails in my hands or feet and yet still feel pain what a great saint she must be to be so forgiving a true follower of Christ. Thanks for sharing.

the duchess said...

Sounds like another great book to add to my ever-growing list. Thanks for sharing. I'm on chapter 3 of Common Sense myself.

Grammy Staffy said...

It sounds like a great book. Right now I am reading Into the Light and the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I borrowed them from friends so I need to finish them and return them. Then I will look for your book.

I got Glenn Beck's Common Sense for John for father's day. He is reading it but I haven't yet. I just finished Jane Austin's Sense and Sensibility last week. It is a classic but I found it difficult reading. It took me a while to get used to the writing style.

I always have a book going. Thanks for the tip.

I am sending love... good luck to Joey this coming week. I know that he is excited to be almost done with school.

Have a great week.

Marie said...

Sounds like a great book Holly, and very inspiring. I will have to look for it here! I am wishing Joey good luck as well! I am so glad that you like the cookbook. It was a real labour of love for me. I know that had I a real publisher it would have come out a lot nicer than having to publish it the way I did, and a lot cheaper as well. I am just glad you so very generously like it. You made my day with your lovely e-mail. I shall answer as soon as I catch up with everything! xxoo

Tara D said...

Seems like a good read, depressing, but good. And it's about time you started reading The Hunger Games- it's really good. :)

Tonya said...

Sounds like a good read I could use. Thanks Holly. I am so jealous about your cruise, but you both deserve it and must have tons of fun.

Cruises are the best!

Patty said...

I'm gonna read it as soon as I get the chance. I've read The Hunger Games and Glen Beck's Common Sense already this summer. They are both really good. I can't wait to read this one!!

Cindy said...

I don't know about this. I'm reading The Glass Castle right now and it's good but depressing. I have a hard time with true-life stories. I can handle fiction all day long, but when it comes to real-life situations, my heart's too tender for that. I'm just hoping to make it to the end of The Glass Castle. If I can make it through, then maybe I'll try this one.

hoLLy said...

cindy, i don't think this book is say, "depressing." it didn't depress me at all. it made me really sad for her but at the same time its so uplifting because she defied the odds and she made it! i didn't close teh book feel all down. it has inspired me a ton! i'm praying way more now. . .