Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Led By Faith

This is the second book in Immaculee's "trilogy". I thought I would give a quick review of this book since we have to take it back to the library tomorrow.Led by Faith: Learning to Trust God in All Things
In this book, Immaculee goes into much more detail about the spiritual side of her 91 day entrapment in the bathroom and the events that took place after the Rwandan genocide. It was quite fascinating to get a more in depth look into what she was thinking while these events were taking place.

I noticed that whenever she would encounter something that was bad, such as when she went into one of the prisons that held many of the Hutu criminals, she would say a quick prayer to God to ask Him to pour out His blessings on the person or place that she found distressing. The first few times she talked about doing that it took me by surprise. It was a good lesson for me, because saying a quick prayer to God in situations like that might not be the first thing that I would think of doing.

I think that the main message of this book is to teach people how to forgive others for the hurt that they have caused them and to not hold on to anger or bad feelings towards others. At one point, Immaculee talks about meeting Dr. Wayne Dyer. Wayne was asking her how she could go through something so horrible yet still be laughing and smiling.

Immaculee responds, "Oh, it's no secret: God taught me how to forgive. It's hard not to have love in your heart when God takes away all the hatred."

This book is a must for anyone who is holding on to hurt and hatred. There are some very powerful lessons in here about how to forgive and to love again. It is also a must read if you've read the first book "Left to Tell". All in all I would highly recommend this next book by Immaculee Ilibagiza.


  1. I didn't realize there was a second book. I have the first book on hold at our library. I am looking forward to reading it.

  2. I also heard there was a third book? Unrelated to this topic, but related to books, Clear Creek Monastery recommnended these two books in their newsletter. Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered by E.F. Schumacher and Flee to the Fields: The Founding Papers of the Catholic Land Movement.

  3. Yes there is a third book and I hope to get a review up about that one on Thursday!