I have always loved reading since I can remember! In fact, since I grew up in a neighborhood with lots of kids that always came by my house to play, in order to stay in and read, my parents would tell my friends that I had been punished!
I taught elementary school for 14 years and have spent the last 10 years working with my husband. Now that I have more personal free time I am able to read more throughout the year and not just in the summertime.
I have a Kindle, a Nook and an Ipad2 that I use to read books as well. Although I have these electronic readers, I still like my books better!
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This month seemed mind-splitting to me after reading all these memoirs about people's personal problems, ability to be triumphant in overcoming a terrible moment in their lives, surviving in devastating circumstances, being joyous when their lives have been changed, and losing friendships when reporting on personal acquaintances who caused someone else to lose their lives. I thought this month after reading about all of these people that it must be so overwhelming to be a psychiatrist and listen to people's problems day in and day out.
The books that I read this month are: Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow, A Silence of Mockingbirds by Karen Spears Zacharias, The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad, Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza, Loud in the House by Myself by Stacy Pershall, A Big Little Life by Dean Koontz, and Another City, Not My Own by Dominick Dunne.
Publication Date: June 1, 2007
Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.
Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them.
It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God. She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love—a love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family’s killers.
The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.
I am proud and happy to say that I am a Christian that believes in God as my savior but this story about Immaculee's ability to survive among all the turmoil and hatred during the Rwandan Holocaust is truly an inspirational story of overwhelming trust in God to help in any circumstance. I only wish that I could admit that my faith would be able to parallel hers if I was put in her situation.
This story is not only inspirational among all the terrible horror that is going on in Immaculee's country but it also made me very angry because supposedly the world had said, "never again" after the holocaust during Hitler's regime. How was it that no countries came to their aid during such a gruesome part in history?
Even if you aren't interested in inspirational stories, this story is an eye-opener that I believe should be read. It was one of those books that I had a difficult time putting down. I didn't want to stop reading and go to sleep. I praise Immaculee for sharing her account of what happened during this time in her country and believe that she truly was saved from the evil forces by God so that she could be left to tell and hopefully these atrocities that happened to people can never happen again. It is also a testament to her love and faith in God to see her through one of the most horrendous times in history.
I am so glad that I selected this book to read. It has been placed on one of my all-time favorites. Until next time, keep curling up with a good book.