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5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Spiritual Gem
Following up her incredible,life-changing book, LEFT TO TELL, this volume reveals Immaculee's intense, profound and deeply moving spiritual journey after the horrific Rwandan genocide that she survived by God's providence. It shows the spiritual fruit of those 91 days of constant prayer and suffering she endured in that tiny bathroom packed like sardines with 7 other...
Published on September 16, 2008 by A. Ryan

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3.0 out of 5 stars led by Faith
Interesting reading on the side of one who was there.the woman has great faith but I tired of reading everything "I" did.
Published 15 months ago by Patricia J. Yacalavitch


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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Spiritual Gem, September 16, 2008
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A. Ryan (Spokane, WA. USA) - See all my reviews
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Following up her incredible,life-changing book, LEFT TO TELL, this volume reveals Immaculee's intense, profound and deeply moving spiritual journey after the horrific Rwandan genocide that she survived by God's providence. It shows the spiritual fruit of those 91 days of constant prayer and suffering she endured in that tiny bathroom packed like sardines with 7 other women.

She emerged from those 91 days of terror as a spiritually transformed woman, who was about to encounter unspeakable grief at the knowledge of the carnage that happened in her country, and to her own family. But with her deep faith and prayer life, we see in this book how she was able to abandon herself to Divine Providence, and draw ever closer to the God whose love she came to deeply experience and trust in, even in the face of such horrors.

This book is filled with many inspiring stories of how Immaculee experienced God's mercy and strength to face so many new challenges and difficulties, as well as stirring stories of others who also were survivors of the Rwandan holocaust. It is reminiscent of other spiritual classics by people who have gone through incredible times of darkness and suffering (like Walter Ciszek's powerful HE LEADETH ME)and how they learned to draw close to God in that crucible and be spiritually transformed by a deep spirit of faith, prayer and charity that countless others benefit from when they read or hear the stories of these heroic souls.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspiring!, October 15, 2008
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Fans of Left to Tell will be equally entranced by Led by Faith, the latest effort of Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagizia. Left to Tell riveted readers with details of extraordinary faith, determination and hope in unspeakably horrific circumstances.
In Led by Faith, Ilibagizia navigates the aftermath of the genocide, rebuilding relationships in a country where trusting one's neighbors was risky business indeed. It is incredibly uplifting and inspiring to read how her unshakable faith in God is rewarded tangibly time and time again in problems big and small.
If every person who had big dreams read and applied the lessons in both of these books, I have no doubt it would be raining miracles. Her tale of convincing the UN committee to fund her project at the orphanage is an inspiration for anyone facing obstacles at work. Immaculee shows how even the small challenges in life - in this case, coping with her daughter's head cold in the middle of the night - can be powerfully transforming if met with love and faith. The late-night maternal challenge made Immaculee long for the guidance of her own mother. She was then compelled to record much of her story in a manuscript. These memories became the foundation for Left to Tell. When Immaculee finished writing, she wrote a letter to God, asking for his help in finding a way to have her story published. Three days later she met Dr. Wayne Dyer and the rest is history.
Led by Faith is a beautifully written book and I thank the author for once again sharing her inspiring story of faith.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars continuing inspiration, October 31, 2008
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The follow up book to "Left To Tell" picks up Immaculee's story beyond the ending of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Although her life takes many unexpected turns and twists, it is always the walk of faith with her God. Her unshakeable persistence and reliance on God in the shadow of tragedy continues to accompany her to a new country, see her through the experience of marriage and motherhood, and work. After reading her story, one gleans insight into what truly matters in life.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gracious and courageous spirit, October 14, 2008
Led by Faith is an outstanding read. Immaculee Ilibagiza tells a striking story of her adaptation to life after surviving the Rwandan genocide. Her first book, Left to Tell, is an inspirational story of faith, hope and forgiveness. In her new book, Led by Faith, Immaculee engages the reader and takes them with her as she learns to survive in a hostile and lonely environment. Orphaned and alone, with only Our Lord and Our Lady as her constant companions, she overcomes extraordinary obstacles with grace and courage. Left to Tell was truly an inspirational work. Led by Faith is a book filled with encouragement and examples of God's never ending fidelity. Immaculee's journey includes surviving predators, overcoming office politics, finding unfailing hope in a Rwandan orphanage, and her incredible capacity to always find love....even in a land where hatred still flourishes. Be prepared to be encouraged in your faith and ability to find God's love. Led by Faith is a must read!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!, October 8, 2008
Led by Faith; Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide is the page turning follow up to Immaculee's first book Left to Tell; Discovering God Amist the Rwandan Holocaust. Led by Faith is life changing book which is written in a very simple, personal style. Immaculee is an incredible woman of faith and a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide. During the Genocide she and 7 other women hid for 91 days in a tiny bathroom while their families were being brutally murdered. While in the bathroom, Immaculee prayed and eventually came to a place where she was able to forgive the people hunting her.

In Led by Faith, Immaculee talks about how she went on after the Genocide and how she applied the faith she found in the bathroom to every day life. She also talks about how she miraculously met best selling author Wayne Dyer who promised to publish her book on their first meeting. Immaculee has inspired me and profoundly changed my life. In addition she gives insight as to what happened to the killers after the genocide and how Rwanda adjusted when over a million refugees re-entered the country.

Led by Faith is an important book as is Left to Tell and I have no doubt that anyone who reads Led by Faith won't walk away disappointed. I highly recommend Led by Faith to anyone who is looking to gain perspective in today's ever changing world.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph of Love over terror in the 20th Century, March 3, 2009
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Leticia Velasquez (Shetucket Valley, CT) - See all my reviews
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Led by Faith by Immaculee Ilibagiza
Review by Leticia Velasquez
Those who read Immaculee's bestselling book, "Left to Tell" about how she survived the Rwandan genocide, were riveted by the emotional strength she displayed, cowering in the tiny bathroom clutching her father's red and white rosary, while homicidal maniacs chanted her name outside. They felt her freeze in terror each time a search was conducted outside the room where she was hiding with seven other women, and rejoiced when they emerged from hiding ran to the safety of the refugee camp. But, what happened after her rescue? How did Immaculee survive amidst the chaos left behind by gangs of Hutu murderers? Did she find out what happened to her family? How did her broken heart recover from such trauma?
"Led by Faith" answers these questions and continues the saga of one of the greatest heroines to emerge from the ruins of the 20th century. Like The Hiding Place, in which Corrie Ten Boom, forgave her prison guards in the Nazi Concentration Camps, Immaculee's story in "Led by Faith" is that of love's triumph over the tragedy of man's inhumanity to man. The faith which sustained Immaculee in her 91 days in hiding, grew from begging for her life, to an intense struggle to forgive those seeking to kill her, and finally flowered into an intimate bond with God by which her spirit transcended her wretched situation. Her deeply personal relationship with Jesus and Mary was pivotal to her adjustment to everyday life without the support of her family in a country laid waste by genocide.
Though spared from death, Immaculee had to face further cruelty at the hand of others; she faced and forgave her family's brutal killers, dealt with the needs and brokenness of other victims, as well as the cruelty of those who would exploit her vulnerability. She suffered moments of intense despair, begging God to let her join her family in heaven, when she heard God's voice encouraging her to go on living. Immaculee sought a quiet room in a retreat house for solitary hours of prayer and mourning which healed her broken heart. It was a slow and painful passage bathed in tears, in which she grew into the exceptionally strong, loving woman beloved by millions. She became a conduit of love for her surviving family members, Mother Teresa's orphans, her colleagues at the UN, and eventually her own husband and children. Immaculee relates her story with warm humility drawing the reader into her tender presence.

Immaculee is what the world, imprisoned in the isolation of Godless materialism urgently needs, a person unafraid to love God and her fellow man intimately without fear of rejection, with a powerful love which overcomes even hatred and unthinkable acts of savagery.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story of the Power of Faith, January 13, 2009
In "Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide", Immaculee Ilibagiza tells us "the rest of the story" as Paul Harvey would say. In her first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust she told the story of how she survived the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Led by Faith covers the time following the genocide and how Immaculee's faith in God grew as the Lord protected and guided her through many difficult time.

The following is an excerpt from one of the final pages of the book that will give all of us something to think about. "Faith is a living thing that must be nurtured every day through prayer, kindness and acts of love. It will lead us through our darkest days and restore love and light to even the most troubled soul in the most dire of circumstances."

Led by Faith is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. I recommend that if you haven't read Immaculee's first book, you read it first and then read this story. You won't be able to put these books down once you start reading them. She has also written a third incredible book, Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa which I also recommend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, December 6, 2008
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Joann Rawert Dugan "JoAnn" (Louisvillle, KY United States) - See all my reviews
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This book is a must. How powerful she is and reading her book help me grow as a person. You learn to forgive, after reading what she has done. I have read all three of her books and watched her DVD. Bought them for our kids and shared them with friends.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written by an Angel, October 8, 2008
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God bless Immaculee! I have read all her books and got one signed at a conference in Phoenix. Being in this woman's presence is truly a gift. Ilibagiza delivers a message that is as strong as her mountain of faith, yet the truth of what she endured is almost too horrible to comprehend. I recommend Led by Faith to anyone who works with survivors of war trauma. Read it to learn about the power of spirituality, the miracle of intention, and the nobility of humanitarianism.

Thank you Immaculee, for continuing to write and speak.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Led by Faith Excellent Read, December 1, 2008
This was an excellent read. I had already read her first book "Left to Tell." Immaculee is an inspiration to all who read her books. If you have the chance to hear her speak anywhere that is also an awesome experience. What a Love for the Lord she has, and the miracles that He gives us all daily if we but ask in prayer. Immaculee is proof of that in this book "Lead by Faith" and her other book too.
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