Friday, October 19, 2012

Living Led By Faith

Led By Faith is Steve Erwin’s reporting of Immaculee Ilibagiza’s story of “Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide” (Erwin/Hay House/2012), dedicated to Dr. Wayne Dyer, who met Immaculee while on a book tour, heard her story and promised to help her publish it. The rest of it is her story as she arose from the ruins of the 1994 Rwanda genocide that exterminated much of her family.

Ninety-one days of surviving -existing- with six other females in a “tiny, seldom-used bathroom at the far end of his bathroom [Protestant Pastor Murinzi, a Hutu] that became a survival-for-seven in a four foot by three foot enclosure separated only by a thin wall. “That” turned her life as a devout Catholic Christian university student [a Tutsi] upside down; it resulted in her "visionary discovery" of restoration, peace, and reconciliation through personally experiencing the power of forgiveness by forgiving the Hutu man that murdered her mother and brother.

Her story is a revelation in itself of how the living God reveals himself to the most helpless in the most hopeless of circumstances. Her life reveals the restorative powers of a God who loves humanity with all of the pathos of the Christ whose death on the cross is the Christian’s focal point of faith for a personalized relationship with The Almighty and a transformative relationship with all of humanity.

I could not say it better than Rick Warren did, but I can attest to what he writes so pointedly: “Out of the ruins of the 1994 Rwandan genocide have come the most astounding and moving stories of faith, hope, forgiveness, reconciliation, and miracles that “I’ve ever heard. If you’ve had a hard time letting go of a deep hurt, or difficulty in releasing your offender so you can get on with the rest of your life, Immaculee’s story can lead you to the place of healing, restoration, and peace.”

You may be amazed as I was at her utilization of Catholic spirituality, prayer, and meditation, but you will be moved to tears by her story as well as spiritually renewed in your own personal faith by her personal devotion to Christ.

From Warner’s World, I am
suggesting that you can find Immaculee Ilibagiza’s story in your public library, published in 2008 by Hay House of Carlsbad, CA.

Like I say about our library, you may find yours the best deal in your town ... Her original book is pictured at the top - Left To Tell
... Her more recent book that I describe here is pictured at the end of  my post - Led By Faith.

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