Wednesday, October 17, 2012

strength

We read this book for book club last month:2012-09-27 misc 60829
I had read it before, but was happy to skim over it again because I was hungry for a discussion about it. 

As far as I’m concerned, this book is a “must read” for everyone in the whole wide world.  It’s short and quick but the message is potent: the inner strength that you can draw from God has the power to get you through anything.  And part of that comes from the ultimate power of forgiveness. 

It is the true story of a woman who hid in a tiny closet/bathroom with eight other women for three months to wait out the horrible Rwandan holocaust.  Here she is in this tiny bathroom:2012-09-27 misc 60834
My favorite line:

“I realized that my battle to survive this war would have to be fought inside of me--my faith, hope, and courage--was vulnerable to the dark energy.  If I lost my faith, I knew that I wouldn't be able to survive. I could rely only on God to help me fight.”
--Immaculee Ilibagiza

More details, 563 five-star reviews and buying info here .

17 comments:

  1. I love that book! I was brought to tears when they huddled in a group praying that the soldiers would not see them, and then they courageously walked by them unnoticed. God indeed lives!

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  2. I read it a year or so ago and AGREE! Must read for everyone. Great book and very thought provoking.

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  3. I read this book a couple of years ago. WOW. Amazing. Must read!!

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  4. she is an incredible woman. I want to be more like her.

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  5. Oh my, I listened to that book on a road trip (by myself) once. Most amazing book ever. I had tears rolling down my face much of the car ride.

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  6. Incredible book! One of my top ten favorites!

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  7. Thanks for the recommend...I just purchased the book. Looking forward to reading it.

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  8. She is amazing! I work for XANGO and she had come a few times and talked to us and told us her story. Amazing story.

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  9. My sister got to meet her and says she's even more incredible/inspiring in person!

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  10. Glad that you enjoyed it! Very inspiring. Did you ever read Corrie Ten Boom's The Hiding Place? Another jewel that exemplifies that with God, all things are possible.

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  11. Another book about all things being possible with God is "Letting Go" by Chris Williams. I reviewed it on my blog yesterday.

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  12. oh i just ordered it, i can't wait for it to come in!

    I also read 'let it go' by chris williams, another powerful book

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  13. My neighbor wrote that book and gave me mulitple free copies! Love it! And she, personally, is so inspiring!

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  14. I have been looking for a good book! Thanks for the suggestion! It is for the same reason I was so touched and humbled by The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. I have been thinking a lot lately about how her sister told her not to hate. Even when things were REALLY bad. I need that right now with all the political volleys flying back and forth. That no matter my position, or how others react to it, I can choose not to hate but to love.

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  15. What I thought was amazing about that book is the picture of the doorway behind the dresser/bureau that the soldiers didn't see. They turned the house upside down but somehow didn't see that door in plain sight. It's a testament to how prayer and faith in God can accomplish miracles.

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  16. Love that book. Truly amazing story and an amazing woman. I just finished "The Small Woman" (Author's last name is Burgess) It was an fascinating story of courage and faith as well. It was amazing.
    This is off topic, but I know you used to do photography around the Mesa/Phoenix area and I am trying to figure out a good spot to get some fun family Christmas pictures taken here in the next few weeks...do you have any great places you love to shoot that you would be willing to share? Thanks for any suggestions you might have!

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