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Gilbert Tuhabonye is a survivor. More than ten years ago, he lay buried under a pile of burning bodies. The centuries–old battle between Hutu and Tutsi tribes had come to Gilbert's school. Fueled by hatred, the Hutus forced more than a hundred Tutsi children and teachers into a small room and used machetes to beat most of them to death. The unfortunate ones who survived the beating were doused with gasoline and set on fire. After hiding under burning bodies for over eight hours, Gilbert heard a voice inside saying, "You will be all right; you will survive." He knows it was God speaking to him. Gilbert was the lone survivor of the genocide, and thanks his enduring faith in God for his survival.
Today, having forgiven his enemies and moved forward with his life, he is a world–class athlete, running coach and celebrity in his new hometown of Austin, Texas. The road to this point has been a tough one, but Gilbert uses his survival instincts to spur him on to the goal of qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Summer Games. THIS VOICE IN MY HEART will portray not only the horrific event itself, but will be a catalyst for people to understand real forgiveness and the gift of faith in God.
This Voice in My Heart
is the searing story of Gilbert Tuhabonye, a survivor of one of the most devastating genocides in recent memory. Though now a track star and motivational speaker, Gilbert once lay buried under a pile of burning bodies after the centuries-old battle between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes came to his school.
Fueled by hatred, the Hutus forced more than a hundred Tutsi children and teachers into a small room and used machetes to slash most of them to death. The ones who survived the attack were doused with gasoline and set on fire. After hiding under burning bodies for more than eight hours, Gilbert heard a voice inside saying, "You will be all right; you will survive." He knew it was God speaking to him. Gilbert was the only survivor at his school. This riveting story will touch you from its first page and offer inspiration for years to come.
The sole survivor of a massacre that killed more than 100 Tutsi children and teachers presents this personal and inspiring story of how he survived genocide and ascended to world-class status as an athlete due to his enduring faith in God.
About the Author
Gilbert Tuhabonye is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and a world-class runner. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Austin, Texas, where he is an elite coach in the world of running.
Gary Brozek is a freelance writer and the author of more than 20 books, including 6 New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Colorado.