Continuing on with my 52 Books Around the World Challenge, Left To Tell is my selection for Rwanda. As with many of the books set in Africa, it depicts the horrors of war. The systematic genocide of an entire race of people by former friends and neighbors, is about as low, dark and ugly as the human race can sink. But this book is different, because it doesn’t just plop you down in the middle of unthinkable horror. Ms. Ilibagiza may have been trapped in a closet, fearing that at any moment the killers would find her, but she wasn’t alone. I’m not referring to the other women who shared that tiny bathroom – I’m referring to God. Immaculee had moments of beautiful communion with her creator during that siege, and her surrender to Him helped to bring her peace and keep her from harm.
Left to Tell is a inspiring testament to the power of faith, forgiveness and hope. There is a message here for everyone.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2006