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Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor's Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope Hardcover – June 25, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Balboa Press (June 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452549605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452549606
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,847,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Consolee Nishimwe is a survivor of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda and lived through the horrors of that genocide at age fourteen. Consolee suffered insurmountable physical and emotional torture for three months, hiding from place to place to evade capture and certain death. In the end, she miraculously survived with her mother and younger sister, but her father and three young brothers were savagely murdered. During her period in hiding, her faith was continuously tested, and she struggled to reconcile that faith with the atrocities she was being subjected to. Over time, Consolee succeeded in discarding the burden of carrying vengeful thoughts against those who were persecuting her and instead placed their ultimate fate into God's hands. Consolee's miraculous and inspiring story of survival is a grim testament of hope and faith triumphing over tragedy and provides lessons that will help anyone who is grappling with difficulties in their lives. She is a committed speaker on the genocide, a defender of global women's rights, and an advocate for other genocide survivors. She now lives in New York. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Consolee Nishimwe is a survivor of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda. Born in Western Province, she lived through the horrors of genocide at age 14. She was at her home in Rubengera, Kibuye with her parents and four siblings when the genocide started and forcing them to leave their home and go into hiding. Unfortunately, her father and three young brothers were murdered along with many other close relatives. Consolee suffered physical torture during her three months in hiding, and miraculously survived with her mother and younger sister. She is a committed speaker on the genocide and an advocate for the survivors who suffered physical and emotional torture. She is also a defender of women's rights.
In recognition of her courage and accomplishments, Consolee was awarded the 2013 ASALH Living Legacy Award, the NSANGA STEP UP Service Award. She currently resides in New York.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sheila on July 13, 2012
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I bought 6 copies of the book for my friends and family after reading the Kindle fire e-book edition. I received the books on time and in excellent condition. Consolee's story is an immense source of inspiration to me and I'm deeply humbled by her great courage, resilience and strong faith in the face of terror. It's heartwrenching to read about the effects of the Genocide in Rwanda through Consolee's honest account of the trials and losses she faced. I rate this product 5 stars for the quality, content and presentation of the book..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Loeb on October 4, 2012
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A personal, truthful, tragic story about Consolee's experience as a 14 year-old girl during the Genocide in Rwanda. Her wonderful spirit and faith are an inspiration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H on September 19, 2012
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So often we read about tragedy and terror in the news, and while it is often horrific, we are not encouraged to make a personal connection. Consolee's book fills that gap. She gently introduces her family to the reader, and immediately we see the love and reverence they have for each other. Though I've read about and studied the Rwandan genocide many times, upon reading this personal account I still found myself steeped in confusion at this truly incomprehensible three months of violence. How Consolee manages to trust and form meaningful friendships these days is a miracle in itself, and I admire her commitment to forgiveness and love. It gives me great hope to see that she is not only surviving, she is thriving.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Objective Reader on August 4, 2012
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The nature and frequency of the horrific trials and tribulations this author experienced during the Rwandan genocide at the tender age of 14, are simply mind-boggling! What is even more amazing is the strength and courage she exhibited while facing and overcoming what I regard as some of the most extreme adversities one can imagine, and the hopefulness and positive outlook she has maintained on life following her miraculous survival.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Consolee's book is the way she was able to harmonize her many unnatural experiences with positive reflections and teachings at the end of each chapter, the contents of which I find to be very uplifting and inspirational.

One could almost feel Consolee's strong, yet cheerful spirit resonating through the pages of her book. Her tremendous resolve has given me the courage to change my approach towards dealing with the effects of past or future trauma in my life, which can never compare to what she has faced and gracefully overcome in her life.

This book is a treasure and will provide relief for those who are struggling with issues in their lives. It is a must read for all ages!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Murekatete on January 5, 2013
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This book is truly inspiring and a true testament to the human spirit. Despite suffering and surviving one of the worst human tragedies, Consolee comes back a winner, determined to live a life full of positivism and hope despite it all. Buy a copy and you will never regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alice Jensen on December 16, 2012
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As Consolee Nishimwe walks you through the hours of the horrific Genocide you come to realize how tragic life can be when human mentatity can be altered to the extent that people will turn against and kill their beloved friends and neighbors. We want to think this type of thing could never happen to us - but this is proof that it can. Consolee, her sister, and mother have experience life in a way that no one should ever have to and in a way we can't even imagine. She is a wonderful, young woman who was willing to share her worst nightmares with us so that hopefully we can do something to stop this kind of inhumane treatment. Let us pray that we will learn by our mistakes.

I have purchased five copies for family and friends and have recommended this book to others.
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