An uplifting, educational and inspiring book!
In 1994, Rwandan native Ilibagiza was 22 years old
and home from college to spend Easter with her devout Catholic family, when the
death of Rwanda's Hutu president sparked a three-month slaughter of nearly one
million ethnic Tutsis in the country. She survived by hiding in a Hutu pastor's
tiny bathroom with seven other starving women for 91 cramped, terrifying days.
This searing firsthand account of Ilibagiza's
experience cuts two ways: her description of the evil that was perpetrated,
including the brutal murders of her family members, is soul-numbingly
devastating, yet the story of her unquenchable faith and connection to God
throughout the ordeal uplifts and inspires.
Her account of the miracles that protected her
is simple and vivid. Her Catholic faith shines through, but the book will
speak on a deep level to any person of faith. Ilibagiza's remarkable path to
forgiving the perpetrators and releasing her anger is a beacon to others who
have suffered injustice. She brings the battlefield between good and evil
out of the genocide around her and into her own heart, mind and soul.
This book is a precious addition to the
literature that tries to make sense of humankind's seemingly bottomless
depravity and counterbalancing hope in an all-powerful, loving God.