This Voice in my Heart

This Voice in My Heart

Co-written with Gary Brozek, This Voice in My Heart: A Genocide Survivor's Story of Escape, Faith, and Forgiveness is Gilbert Tuhabonye's tale of triumph in his own words.

More than just an autobiography, this must-read book recounts Gilbert's journey from holocaust in his native Burundi to hero in his adopted homeland. Full of grace and dignity, this is a story like no other, a story that must not be forgotten.

"This Voice in My Heart" is available now at Austin area book stores and

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Reviews:, July 15, 2009: Martyn Drakard "We get to know the runner, his vanity at beating more seasoned runners; his struggle to forgive the men who'd killed his friends and tried to kill him, some of whom he'd considered his friends until that fateful October day; and his reactions to culture shock, first in Bujumbura, then in other countries...Fire seems to be the theme of Tuhabonye's life: the fire that almost destroyed him, and the fire inside that has kept him going."

Reader Comments

Comment by ROBERT NDIKUYERA, from MUYENGA KAMPALA, on Thursday Apr 4, 2013 2:16 pm:

The book has transformed my hardened heart and i would be a hero in conveying a thunderous and transforming message as you did.

Comment by Kelly Walker, from Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday Jan 22, 2013 3:11 pm:

Gilbert, I attend Watermark Community Church in Dallas, and we partner with ALARM (African Leadership and Reconcilation Ministries), which is an indigenous ministry focused on helping central African nations grow in the areas of leadership and reconciliation. I have recently been invited to join both our church and ALARM on a short-term discipleship trip to Burundi.

I say all of that because each team member is required to read your story in order to have a better understanding of Burundi and the trauma that your country has endured. You may already be aware of ALARM and its ministry, but if not, I wanted you to know that it is a Christ-centered ministry whose president is Celestin Musekura, a godly man from Rwanda. He, his wife, and the many indeginous ALARM staff are working tirelessly to bring hope and healing to Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Congo and Sudan.

Your powerful testimony and faith in the Lord not only gives God the glory, but it is so encouraging to those who know you and/or have read your story. Thank you for sharing with all of us the horrors of the genocide but also the many ways the Lord was with you every step of the way. Only He could take something so awful in your life and shape it into something so beautiful. You are an example of what God can do with someone who does not seek revenge but offers forgiveness to his enemies. May the Lord continue to richly bless you, your wife and children.

Comment by Darrold Smith, from Austin, TX, on Tuesday Jun 12, 2012 10:28 pm:

Thank you for writing your book, which I finally read. I am buying it for others now. I am grateful I had the chance to read it and learn more about you. I have been running for 25 years, but I was your age now when I started. I hope to continue for many years.
Hope to see you around in Austin!

Comment by Nancy Uzoaru, from Missouri, on Saturday Apr 7, 2012 7:02 am:

I borrowed your book from our church library last Sunday & finished it last night. I felt a connection across cultures. Your experience will be embedded on my heart.

Could you please give Gilbert my personal email ( My 16 yr old son will be out of school 5/22. I was wondering if he would be able to evaluate his technique. He has done 4x400, 4x800, 800, 1600. His time is 2 min, 2 sec on 800 & 52 on 400 & less than 5 min on 1600.

Comment by Gabriel BUTOYI, from Wuxi - China, on Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 1:45 am:

Cher Gilbert
Soon 22 years since we met at Kibimba, 6 years since your book was out and almost 3 years since I got a copy of it. It has always been like a "GUIDE" to me, a "BIBLE" and an "ENCOURAGEMENT" since. I relate to it so much Gilbert!

I re-read at least 3 pages a day, and I am unable to know how many times I read it completely. A companion for me I should say!

It is an inspiration for many, and something more for ME, Gabriel, it reminds me the joy back then at KIBIMBA, the happiness that was disrupted so suddenly...
BUT, whatever happened strengthened you, your spirit that has always been high....

As a human being, I am inspired;
As a friend and old classmate, I cannot feel any prouder!

God bless you and yours

Peace of mind,

Gabriel BUTOYI

Comment by Ivanochka, from BCC, on Thursday Mar 15, 2012 1:50 pm:

interesting book

Comment by L.Roberts, from Fort Worth, TX, on Wednesday Jan 25, 2012 10:45 am:

What can I say, I love this book!

Comment by Stephanie Martinez, from New Jersey, on Wednesday Nov 2, 2011 12:41 pm:


I am an international student of Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ. Last semester, I finished the ALP(American Language Program) and I started taking regular classes this semester. I had to read your book for my composition class and I loved it. Your story really touched me and made me think that there are still people with a great heart in this world. What I really admire about your story is your ability to forgive the people who wanted to kill you and your family. Your story has encouraged me to love our brothers and to always have faith in God. I really thank you for having written this book because I am sure you have led many people like me to the path of hope, faith and forgiveness.
I wish you the best

Comment by Sarrah, from Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday Jul 20, 2011 1:03 pm:

It is difficult to come across a book these days that can truly move the reader. However, this book achieved more than that. As a reader, it felt like I was constantly with you, seeing what you saw, thinking what you though and most importantly, feeling what you felt. A book as inspiring as this, or should I say a person as inspiring as this. Thank you for allowing us to see a part of your world, a part that is surely unforgettable to you, but also to us.

Comment by Anonymous, from Austin, Texas, on Sunday Nov 28, 2010 4:56 pm:

Gilbert, you are amazing. Thank you so much for writing this book. I couldn't put it down. It was truly inspiring. May god bless you with a happy and healthy life. :)

Isaiah 40:31

Comment by Mark Roberts, from Stoke-on-Trent, UK, on Friday Aug 20, 2010 9:29 am:

Hi Gilbert
Just a quick message to say I have just finished reading your book about your life and I read it in 3 days as I just couldn't put it down, fantastic what an inspiration you are.
I was also fortunate enough to have a USA Track Scholarship at Central Arizona College (NJCAA) and had a brilliant time in America between 1986 and 1988 I wasn't fast as you over the shorter distances but I ran 7:53 indoors 3k and 13:29 5k.
I am going to tell as many people as possible to read your book for inspiration.
I am a 51 year old jogger now.

Take care and what ever you do for the rest of your life I wish you and your family all the success in the world Gilbert.

Kind regards


Comment by Maria, from Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday Jul 25, 2010 10:39 pm:

Thanks for the amazing story. I remember in your book you said "becareful for what you did, coz it will return to you". You never put the revenge in your mind, that's what amazing!
I never imagine that the genocide happened first in Burundi than later in Rwanda. Because I read first the book from Immaculle Ilibagiza which is trully an inspirational book. Its about survival from genocide in Rwanda.
Both of you have Jesus in your life.
I believe if we live in Jesus, He will live in us and lead our way...
Thanks a lot.

Comment by Professor Charles Bordogna, from bergen Community College, on Thursday Jul 15, 2010 12:51 pm:

For the last three years, I have been assigning your book to my English Composition students at Bergen Community College. For many of them, the story has been profoundly important. Some tell me that yours is the first book that they ever finished. Most are deeply touched by your faith, courage, and dedicatiobn. These are the very qualities that I hope can be instilled into them. I hope to continue to assign your inspirational story as long as I can teach.
Your brother in faith,
Professor Charles Bordogna

Comment by Neveen Elgawly, from New Jersey, on Monday Jun 7, 2010 3:28 pm:

The book that touched my heart.

Our school professor has assigned this book to read and to finish with the book in 2 weeks. Once I start to read the book, I could not stop and I finish it in a few days. It took me a few days because English is not my first language.

I was telling my husband about it all the way while he was driving to the church and back home and every few hours after reading the book I talk to him about your experience.

The book took me through the most wonderful journey in Fuku to the most Horrified experience in your school. You have been blessed by your mother, Adolphe, your lovely wife and your blessed 2 children. I cried when I read page 228 when Adolphe accepted to train you for the second time.

God keeps his door open to all of us.

I am Christian Egyptian, have blessed with 2 children and a wonderful husband, living in NJ. I have an accounting degree and my husband is an architect. My 14 years old girl is a runner in a high school and I have asked her to start reading the book as it is a great inspiration.

Thank God that you had a chance to talk about the conflict in your country and your voice has spread around.
Egyptian Christian are going through a agencies by Muslims as well. Christian are going through a horrible time back home. They need everybody prayer

Hope peace surrounded the world. Thank you for the wonderful book.

Best regards,
Neveen Elgawly

Comment by Kevin, from New Jersey, on Saturday Jun 5, 2010 11:58 am:

I'm in college right now and the English teacher assigned us to read your book. Turns out, the book was incredibly moving and an incredible tale of ambition. I loved it...hope all is well with your and your family.

Comment by Kelly O'Brien, from Austin, Texas, on Monday May 10, 2010 7:17 pm:

You don't have to love running to love this book. It is an awesome story from an awesome man. Gilbert's story is amazing and I feel so blessed that he has shared it with us.

Comment by Debbie Rodriguez, from Corpus Christi Texas, on Thursday Mar 4, 2010 10:35 am:

A wonderful book. Gilbert's story proves that forgiveness and love is always possible no matter what. His perseverance and positive outlook is inspirational. I am so proud of you Gilbert!! Thank you for sharing your story!

Comment by wow, from nc, on Wednesday Feb 24, 2010 12:34 pm:

they should make a movie of your life. your story is very soul searching deep within to examine ourselves.

Comment by Anonymous, from charlotte, nc, on Wednesday Feb 24, 2010 12:27 pm:

i read the book, indeed it is moving and encouraging. your survival alone testifies to a higher being. indeed, we all have that voice in our heart that tells us something. reading this book brought me solace and a sense of calmness. "that i will be okay and it is okay to go on." thanks for the insight and better understanding of what took place during this genoicde. continue to enjoy your life. phillipians 4:6,7

Comment by Debbie, from Austin, on Sunday Jan 31, 2010 3:56 pm:

Gilbert's story is truly amazing and inspiring. I highly recommend this book.

Comment by Leslie Stanfield, from Round Rock, Texas (ALK), on Monday Jan 11, 2010 1:34 pm:


Thank you so much for speaking to our group today. Your story is truly amazing and inspiring.

All the best to you and your family.

Comment by annette robles, from cc tx, on Tuesday Dec 8, 2009 8:33 pm:

your an inspiration(:

Comment by Maria Walton, from Phoenix, AZ, on Monday Dec 7, 2009 1:24 am:

Gilbert, I read your story in Runner's World several years ago. And I had the pleasure of meeting you in November at Run Tex, with "El Caballo Blanco" (Micah True), I was inspired by your story of faith, survival, and forgiveness. Your love for running, family, and devotion to God, is truly inpsiring. Sending you MANY blessings of peace always.

Another Marathon Coach, and passionate runner, Maria Walton

Comment by Angela Nwanze, from Houston, Texas, on Saturday Nov 21, 2009 6:52 am:

I just read about Gilbert in the November issue of Runner's World. You are such an inspiration. Not just for running but for life in general. Thank you so much for sharing your story with the world. God has truly blessed you and it is my wish that you and your family will be continually blessed. Thank you and keep running and inspiring others. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!

Comment by Cynthia B, from Everett, WA, on Tuesday Oct 6, 2009 6:21 pm:

Dear Gilbert:
I just finished your it in a couple days! Thank you. Thank you for not giving up....I cried and cried. It was very difficult for me to read this book.
God is good.
Many blessings to you and your family.

Comment by Ben, from Austin, Texas, USA, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 10:19 am:

Dear Gilbert,

I really enjoyed your book. I always been interested in your story. You are so brave.

Comment by Logan, from Austin, Texas, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 10:19 am:

Dear Gilbert,
After reading your book it gave me a new insight on the entire world. it showed me how people are how much damage they can do. I wish that there was more that I can do.

Keep running,

Comment by Asa, from St. Andrew's School, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 10:19 am:

Dear Gilbert,
I was amazed by your stoy and am inspired to work harder in school. How you had to pass a test very often.

Comment by Sam, from Austin, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 10:16 am:

Your book was absolutely amazing! I couldn't put it down! Even after reading the book, I still can't fathom your life in Burundi. I respect you greatly and always will. YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!

Comment by Ben, from Austin, Texas, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 10:15 am:

Gilbert, that book was amazing and I just want to say, if I had been in your place I wouldn't have been able to do what you have done. Just to lay in a pile of bodies would have made me insane. I hope you keep on working with the Gazelle Foundation!

Comment by Sara, from Austin, Texas, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 10:13 am:

Your book was so interesting, and I literally couldn't put it down. What you did was amazing. You're such an inspiration to me!

Comment by Wesley, from Austin, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 10:13 am:

I was horrified that humans could do things like that to other humans, and I really hope that violence like that is no longer too commen, and I think that it was incrediably brave of you to escape like that, and it seems a shame that so nice a country was spoiled by so much violence.

Comment by Ana, from St.Andrews, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 10:13 am:

Over the summer I read your book and I thought it was very graphic but inspiring. It must have been very hard to see all of your friends be burned to death. I think that it is very admiral that you do not hold a grudge on the Hutus.

Comment by Sam, from St. Andrews, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 10:10 am:

WoW! That is the most amazing story I have ever read. I can not believe how much pain you must have gone through when you escaped and were being burned and had to go under all those burning classmates. That was so exciting and one of the best books ever because you would never get bored.

Comment by Patrick, from Austin, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 10:10 am:

I wanted to know what helped you recover from your injuries and carry on running so well

Your Book is so good

Run with the lion

Comment by Eva on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 10:06 am:

Reading this book, I had several different feelings at different parts. When you told about your life in Songa, it was soft and warm, but when you told about the actual genocide my stomach turned over. I had never imagined that a human being could be responsible for such cruelty. Now, I wonder what those responsible feel about their crime.

You are an amazing person, being able to spring back from such an event so bright and positive.


Comment by Juliette on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 10:00 am:

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us!You are such an inspiration to all of your readers!

Comment by Audrey, from Austin, Tx, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 8:33 am:

This is one of my new favorite books! I has really inspired me to make a difference in the community to help prevent the type of war that was in Burundi to happen in the US.

Comment by sam, from austin tx, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 8:33 am:

I really enjoyed your book and I hope I can run with you someday.

Comment by Maria, from Texas, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 8:31 am:

THis book made me feel absoloutly shocked that people could do this to one another. I think that if is horrible for one comunity to act as two because of the heritage.

Comment by Nate, from Austin,TX, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 8:29 am:

Thankyou so much for starting this wonderful organization. I'm part of St.Andrews and donate. Your an inspiration to all of us.

Comment by Madeleine, from Austin, TX, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 8:28 am:

"This Voice in My Heart" was one of, if not the bast book I have ever read. I was the most inspiring and motivating story I have ever read. Whenever I think that my day is unbearable, I think about what you had to go through and suddenly it's not so bad. I just want to thank you for sharing such a wonderful story with the world.

Thanks again

Comment by Drew, from Austin, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 8:25 am:

I think of you as an awesome inspiration to me especially sometimes when I am running. How much faith you had not to just give up when you were in the situation that you were in. Incredible book
-Drew B

Comment by Elly, from Austin, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 8:24 am:

Your book was fantastic! It was amazingly well written, extremly vivid, and had a lot of detail.It's amazing someone who didn't grow up speaking English could write such an amazing book. It was an awesome read.

Comment by Michael, from Austin, TX, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 8:21 am:

I read your novel two years ago, and I enjoyed it so much I read it again this past summer. Your story inspires me to be more corageous, religeous, and more grateful. I also thank you for letting me run with you one day thank you.

Comment by zach d, from austin texas, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 8:19 am:

that was an amazing book IYONGWE!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Comment by Sarah, from Austin, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 8:18 am:

Hey Gilbert, that is such an amazing story. After all you have gone through you kept it up and never lost faith. I don't think that I could have said I am going to be ok during that experience. you are so much of a role model, and I have already started running, and may be in the run for the water. Thanks Again for your tale so that it may enlighten the future.


Comment by Marina, from Austin, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 8:18 am:

Dear Gilbert,
Your story was amazing. I admire all your courage and faith. I can't imagine being so badly injured ad still being able to forgive and continue doing what you love, running.

Thank you for being an amazing inspiration!

Comment by Mandy, from Texas, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 8:10 am:

This book made me feel like I have never felt before. When I read Gilbert's story, I cried, and I almost vomited in some parts. I don't have a very strong stomach. No person should ever have to go through what Gilbert did. He is insparational!

Comment by daniel on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 8:09 am:

The first thing I thought when I read your book was that this really happened and all the bad things I thought were so bad could not even compare or even come close to what you expirienced. Your book was so awe-inspiring and inspirational thank you for writing your book.

Comment by Isabelle, from Austin, Texas, on Thursday Aug 27, 2009 8:09 am:

Dear Gilbert,
When I read your memoir initially I was so angered by what they had done to you that I could hardly bear to finish the book. However when I delved farther in I began to understand what you meant by forgiving them and moving on. That is something I would never have been able to do myself and for that I respect you greatly. And you helped me inprove my running style, so I thank you for that.

Comment by Paul Waller, from Arlington Texas, on Tuesday Jul 14, 2009 10:17 am:

Hello Gilbert. I just finished your book. I must I found myself not being able to put it down. I think alot of the reason is that I do medical missions in Africa and been going to Africa since 1994. I love it there and the people are the best. Being also a Athletic Trainer in a local HS here and working with the Track team here I want them to have the drive that you have. You are a true blessing and thank you so much to giving us the chance to be apart of you life through your book. May God Bless you now and for many years to come. Maybe when we are back in Austin for the State Track Meet as we go for our 2nd in a row Championship you can come and see us run. Jesus Lives and He truly Lives in your life.

That All May Know Him

Paul Waller
Hab. 1:5

Comment by Andrea Ely, from New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday Jun 27, 2009 4:36 pm:

You are a hero of mine that I will think of often as I am unable to walk and have to go through painful physical therapy. Your positive thinking and belief in God have inspired me like nothing has before. May we someday have peace between all people, and God bless you, your family and all those who have died at the hands of the unfathomable violence. Thank you for surviving.

Comment by M. Martinez, from Bergen Community College, New Jersey, on Thursday Jun 25, 2009 12:59 pm:

Dear Gilbert,

It amazes me how humble and full of grace you are as a human being. You truly teaches us what forgiveness is all about. I am sure your story has transformed and inspired many people around the world.

Thanks for sharing and may God continue to bless you and your family!!!

Comment by Karen B., from Austin, TX, on Monday Jun 15, 2009 11:27 am:

I couldn't put the book down. I was so enthralled to hear your story, Gilbert. And so glad to have the hope throughout to know that you made it through all the hardships you faced. What a great story of giving your all for a dream of a different life. God's will always prevails and it is amazing to read of how you escaped the fire and eventually made it to the US. Thanks for sharing your story. God bless you!

Comment by Rosida W Simatupang, from Indonesia, on Friday May 22, 2009 7:33 pm:

I have read this book, and it is such an honour for me that i've got chance to translate this book from English to Indonesia, it's authorized by the biggest publisher group in Indonesia. My opinion about this book, i give it a BIG THUMB! Great touching book, that it will rise our conscience that if we build our faith in Him, there is an assurance of all His promises... Be blessed!

Comment by Casey Farias, from Austin,TX, on Wednesday May 6, 2009 6:11 am:

I found this book laying around at work,having no idea what to expect from it. Wow, what and unexpected, inspirational journey it took me through. It is now being passed around here at United Airlines here in Austin! Thank you for spending the time to share your story with us from all of us customer service reps here in ATX United.

Comment by Deni, from Austin, TX, on Friday May 1, 2009 1:51 pm:

I have never read a book like this that touched me in such a beautiful way. Gilbert, thank you for sharing your story and your faith. I feel grateful to have read your story and I pray you continue to find joy and peace and love you so richly deserve. I am in awe of you. God bless you and your family.

Comment by Laura Devaisher, from Indianapolis, on Sunday Apr 26, 2009 6:56 am:

I just finished reading Gilbert's book, and it is beautiful. As I finished, I was thinking that if everyone read this and heard the message within, the world would be a better place. Thank you for taking the time to put your heart into words!

Comment by A teacher who reads, from North Carolina, on Sunday Apr 5, 2009 6:02 pm:

I loved the book. I just finished reading it. May God continue to bless you, your family and your native country.


A NC teacher

Comment by Michael Smith, from Dallas, on Wednesday Apr 1, 2009 10:09 am:

When my children are old enough to understand this book, I will make it part of their homeschool curriculum. They must know the evil that lurks in the human heart, and the strength that can and will overcome it, with God's help.

Thank you for choosing to write this book. Reviving those memories must have pained you.

Comment by Becky, from Tennessee, on Thursday Mar 26, 2009 7:21 pm:

I loved your book...what an inspiration you are!

Comment by Ariel S., from Austin, on Saturday Mar 7, 2009 7:08 pm:

This book was amazing, Gilbert! So well written, thorough, descriptive.... it couldn't be better. Thank you. Bless you.

Comment by Jona Isufi, from East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Thursday Feb 19, 2009 8:24 pm:

It was an extraordinary experience to read your book. It was amazing, it made me cry. and in the same time laugh and admire your attitude about life. Reading "this voice in my heart" made me understand that what I consider hard, is nothing compared to others. I have been in US for just one year and a half,and reading what you said about dreams, goals,makes me understand that I am doing the right thing. Thank you for writing your story, You are an amazing person, God bless you!!! I wish I could give you big hug, and talk to your family, they are blessed to have, thanks again. Hope you get some time to read this comments. because they do come from the bottom of my heart..Respectfully, Jona

Comment by Nancy, from Tonganoxie, Kansas, on Thursday Jan 29, 2009 12:14 pm:

Gilbert, I realize you are a busy man, but I hope you have a moment. I just finished your book. I laughed, had joy, and sobbed with sadness. If I could meet you, I would hug you. Your ability to move on and succeed after such horrible tragedy is inspirational. I hope more people will read this book. We could all take some lessons on faith and forgiveness. May God bless you.

Comment by Luisa Handem Piette, from Austin, Texas, on Tuesday Jan 6, 2009 12:03 am:


"This Voice in my Heart" is one of the best books I've ever read. As a fellow African and Austinite, I am profoundly proud, grateful and touched by you and your life story. You exemplify goodness, talent and optimism in an unpredictable and less than peaceful world.

Your testimonial on the power of the Spirit to lift us from despair and pain, has given us all, Americans, Africans, Europeans, Asians and the whole world, an opportunity to fight for life and to speak up against violence, genocide, hatred, racial or any other type of discrimination.

Our Lakeway Jazzercise Book Club thanks you for visiting and sharing your story with us.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU for being you. May you and your family continue to be blessed each and every day. Let there be light!

Your friend,

Luisa (Guinea-Bissau native)

Comment by Vickie Simpson, from Benton, Illinois, on Sunday Nov 16, 2008 12:50 pm:

I just finished reading This Voice in My Heart. I feel the need to apologize on behalf of all humanity for the atrocities you and too many others have experienced. I am humbled by your spirit of forgiveness and inspired by your faith. You are truly a child of God who serves as model for others to go on to find joy in life. I have been privileged to meet a number of Kenyan runners who run for Rend Lake Community College as a stepping stone to NCAA schools. Their wonderful attitudes about life reflect yours. Most of the citizens of the United States have no idea of the comforts and ease of life that we enjoy. You help your readers to be grateful for what we have. In spite of our privileges, there are joys that I feel we do not have that my new Kenyan friends have brought to me. May God continue to bless you and your Gazelles! I hope some day to be able to meet you. I will pray for you and all God's people so that someday we might all learn to live in peace.

Comment by john kenyon, from beautiful sandiego, on Saturday Nov 1, 2008 4:22 pm:

i miss and love you and your family i pray for a covering over you all dont ever stop doing the plan God has for you you are a chosen vessal of Christ youre life points to him

Comment by jay benton, from bonham tx, on Friday Oct 31, 2008 11:17 am:

Gilbert- thanks you for telling us this story and you testimony. To have gone through so much and still have the attitude that you do is inspiring.

Comment by Martha D., from Bogota, Colombia, on Thursday Oct 2, 2008 10:50 am:


This is my first book in English, and I love it. You are one of those people who God put in this world, to show the rest of us his greatness.I had had a challenging life, but I choose to forgive and forget the ones who hurt me. The best for you and your family, and may God continue blessing you.

Comment by Desline, from New Jersey, on Wednesday Oct 1, 2008 12:19 pm:

I read this book for my english comp.11 class and it does quiet a number of things to me: It makes me cry, laugh, be thankful for the things i have in life, it strenghtens my faith in God and believe like never before that God's promises are true. It teaches me patience, meekness,perseverance, kindness among other things. I am thankful to God for giving Gilbert a second chance so that he can tell others of the goodness of Jesus and what he has done for him.This book teaches me to listen to "THIS VOICE in MY HEART. Thank you Gilbert. God Bless you.

Comment by Thandi Ndlovu, from Toronto, Canada, on Saturday Sep 13, 2008 11:08 pm:

Gilbert, I heard you on the radio today. What I loved most about your story is how forgiveness set you free. I think this is a message needed all over Africa. With people like you, perhaps Africa will be peaceful one day.

Comment by Amanda Cantrell, from Fort Worth TX, on Thursday Sep 4, 2008 4:47 pm:

I just finished the book last night. It really leads one to reflect upon what is truly important in this life. A heart wrenching story, but a story of one man's path to overcome hardships. I wish I was as strong as you Gilbert! I have been running for years and do know that it does help me - not from the physical aspect, it doesn't hurt of course, but it is when and how I reflect and meditate. Excellent, I wish I lived in Austin so I could train with him! Thanks for a incredible story. I wish you and your wive and girls the best!

Comment by Claire, from St. Andrew's Middle School, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 1:27 pm:

I thought that your story was an inspiration. It was an amazing, tragic story of just how strong his faith in the Lord is. I'm so happy that he chose to come to Austin.

Comment by Ben, from St. Andrew's Episcipal School Austin, TX, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 1:26 pm:

I enjoyed reading your book over the summer! It was very touching. My mom Beth used to run with you and occasionally still does. It is hard for me to fathom how after all you have been through you still maintain such a positive attitude towards life!

Comment by James, from St. Andrew's, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 1:26 pm:

When reading This Voice in my Heart I felt amazed that you lived through the genocide. You can do so many great things after what has happened to you. When I read the book I stopped and thought how lucky I am that nothing like that would happen in Austin. You are an inspiaration.

Comment by Robert, from St. Andrew's, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 1:26 pm:

Your book is very inspiring. I loved it. Your telling of your life story was very touching. One of my favorite parts of the book was when you told about your child hood. Your life on your family's land sounded very hard and rewarding.

Comment by Kassidy, from St. Andrew's Middle School, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 1:25 pm:

Your book is inspiring and makes me think about the things that are really important in my life. You are such a courageous person.

Comment by Jared, from St. Andrew's Middle School, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 1:24 pm:

Your book was a great inspiration to me. It has taught me many lessons, such as never to give up and to always even when things are going wrong to trust in God. Your book is one of the best books I have ever read.

Comment by Julia, from St. Andrew's Middle School, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 1:24 pm:

I thought your book was really good. It is really amazing that you went through so much and are still happy and optimistic. Being through things like that do change you; you can feel pain, but still think "I have felt worse, and others have felt worse." I think that takes a really strong person to do that. Even though the book was dark, the event was dark so all descriptions cannot be described as flowers and happiness. I thruly enjoyed reading it and you are truly an amazing person:)

Comment by Mai Schotz, from St. Andrew's School, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 1:24 pm:

I think that you are truly amazing. Your story has really inspired me to follow my dreams, even if my dreams aren't even near as big as yours were. The fact that you had so much courage and fought through to reach your goal really inspires me even more. I hope that you will keep running for the rest of your life!!!

Comment by Nicolas, from St. Andrew's Middle school, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 1:24 pm:

I was inspired and some sort afraid of how much pain you were dealing with. To hear of someone so great is special to me and to everyone!

Comment by Sarah, from St. Andrew's School, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 1:23 pm:

Your book was my favorite book for summer reading! It really inspired me and strengthened my faith in God. Everything about the book was amazing, and I was sad when I finished it because I wanted the story to go on forever!

Comment by sami, from St. Andrew's Episcopal School, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 1:20 pm:

I thought your book was inspiring, the way you pushed through your ordeal by faith in God. I also thought that your book was very well written.

Comment by Henry, from St. Andrew's, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 1:19 pm:

Your book was very inspiring. I read it for part of my summer reading list and it was the best book I read all summer. The way you rcovered was heartwarming. This book made me emotional at some points.
Keep on running.

Comment by Lance, from St. Andrew's Episcopal School, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 8:43 am:

I think that your book is an inspiration to many people. It has made an impact on my life learning of these horride genocide. I can't wait to run for water.


Comment by Connor, from St. Andrew's, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 8:41 am:

When I was reading your book, it made really think about my life compared to yours. And I really don't complain about my probblems when I think about yours.

Comment by Lauren, from St. Andrew's School, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 8:41 am:

Hi Gilbert...
Wow! I am so glad to know that you are here safe. I am also sad that all of the others in Burundi are still suffering. I absolutely loved your book and shared it with all of my family.
with love,

Comment by St. Andrew's Episcopal School, from Austin, Texas, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 8:40 am:


When I read your book, I couldn't understand some of it. When I read more, I understood how you felt. I even started to cry a little bit.It was a wonderful book. ~Alison

Comment by Jessie, from St. Andrew's School, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 8:37 am:

Gilbert, your book was a wonderful example about how faith and believing in God can give you hope even when you are surrounded by violence and death.

Comment by Rhodes, from St. Andrew's, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 8:37 am:

This book was a thrill to read. I didn't want to stop reading. I think you are one of the bravest men I have heard or read about. Your book makes me want believe that anythng can happen.

Comment by Sofia, from St. Andrew's Episcopal School, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 8:37 am:

I thought your book was amazing! It really inspired me to keep running no matter what. I think you are a great role model for your confidence, spirit, faith, and actions.

Comment by Ben, from ST. Andrews Episcopal School, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 8:36 am:

Your book inspired me to keep runnng and to stay fit. I can't imagine what you went though. It must have been a very scary situation but you handled it very well.

Comment by Erica, from St. Andrew's Episcopal School, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 8:35 am:

Your book was inspiring. You have been through so much and God was with you the whole way. You had faith in Him and that is the reason why you made it through. I think your book is amazing.

Comment by Savannah, from St. Andrew's Episcopal School, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 8:35 am:

This book has made me aware of some of the horrific things happening around the world. This book was very hard for me to read. This book also has made me aware of some of the brave things people have done.

Comment by Molly, from St. Andrew's Middle School, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 8:34 am:

Your book had an amazing influence on me. You are such an inspiration. I love how you still have a positive additude no matter what you've gone through.

Comment by Skip, from St. Andrew's Middle School, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 8:33 am:

Hello Gilbert. In case you forgot I'm Reed's son. For our summer reading we read your book. I read you book first in 5th grade and again over the summer because it is one of my favorite books of all time. I remember when I first met you when my mom and I were in RunTex. This book is the most inspiring book I have ever read.

Comment by Claire Kelsey, from St. Andrew's, on Wednesday Sep 3, 2008 8:31 am:

This Voice in My Heart gave me a new perspective on the world. It opened up a door of cruelty that I didn't even know was possible. It's so amazing to me how God gave you strength to get out of a dark situation, and allowed you to share with the world your tragic yet inspiring story.

Comment by Angela (Barina) Lopez, from Abilene, TX, on Tuesday Aug 12, 2008 11:26 pm:

Such a wonderful was the first novel I completed in years. I just couldn't put it down.

I knew Gilbert in college, which led me to purchase the book initially. He was always a possitive spirit. I cried, and tears still fill my eyes when I think of the moments so vividly shared in this book.

Comment by adele gaskin, from new mexico, on Sunday Aug 10, 2008 3:21 pm:

I just read your book and was so moved by your strong spirit and horrified at how inhuman humans can be. It has given me a new perspective for my life and I thank you and wish you the best in your spectacular life.

Comment by Esther, from New Jersey, on Tuesday Aug 5, 2008 10:13 pm:

Hi Gilbert- I just finished reading your book. My profound respect to you and your family. Your story reminded me of how some of us are protected while others are going through so much grieve! And how your faith in God has made you a survivor. I have read about the genocide in Rwanda. However, it never crossed my mind the same thing was happening in Burundi. I can say that this book has educated me in a way that I will always keep your country in my mind. And I will recommend this book for people to be aware of what is going on in Africa.
God Bless You and your family always,

Comment by Jhony, from New Jersey, on Tuesday Aug 5, 2008 12:22 pm:

Hi Gilbert;
I had to read your book at college,but I was not enthuastic to read 260 pages in summer session.Through my reading, I enjoy chapter 2,and the last one because you are the man. Dude... always be responsible in our actions and carefull. Anyway, THANKS FOR WRITING THIS BOOK AND HOPE YOU CAN THINK ABOUT WRITING MORE STORIES.


Comment by Kim Ward, from Charlotte North Caroline, on Sunday Jun 29, 2008 7:39 pm:

Hi Gilbert,
I am a believer in our Lord Jesus, a runner, and I have such a love of Africa that I knew I would love your book. However, I had no idea how much it would impact me and stay with me on a daily basis. Your life is a reminder of all that we take for granted here in America and of how many people in other nations need our prayers and our help. I loved reading your story and I thank you for sharing it...You and your family will remain in my thoughts and prayers...I was sorry to hear about your hamstring injury in London but I do know that God never is taken by surprise and that HE must have something else planned for you!! Take Care Gilbert and keep fighting that good fight...You will be richly rewarded one fine day!!
In HIS Grip,
Kim Ward

Comment by Jenna, from Austin, Texas, on Wednesday May 21, 2008 9:33 am:

Hi, I heard only a small part of your interview on the radio this morning, and I was blown away. I'm so glad you are here. I cannot wait to read your book. I'm sure I'll learn and grow a lot from it. Thank you for writing and sharing your story. I hope I have the privilege of meeting you some day!

With Love,


Comment by Autumn Barron, from Austin, Texas, on Thursday May 15, 2008 1:27 pm:

My Mom, penny, read me your story and it inspired me. now every time i think i have it bad i think of you and how you once had it worst. i have met you once and i think you are amazing.
i am 14 years old and i have recommended your book to all of my classmates. please continue to be the person you are i know that many people appreciate you and your Savior.

because of you i will always "Listen to the Voice in my Heart."

thank you so much
Autumn Barron

Comment by mary gorretti ngondwe, from kenya, on Monday May 12, 2008 12:36 am:


i am currently reading your book and for sure that is quite horrifying.
Our country almost went through the same face after our elections last when community turned against each other butchering each other and burning houses.

you are so positive about life since you were tormented by people you knew.

the same has happened here in kenya when people were tortured by friends and neighbours they knew best.

this is such an inspiration


Comment by Scott, from Illinois, on Tuesday May 6, 2008 8:14 am:

As a volunteer welcoming and assisting refugees from around the world arriving in Chicago land USA, I have gotten bits and pieces of the horrors so many refugees have "lived" through. While reading Gilberts book and being invited into his story of survival, faith and Hope, I believe I have a better understanding of the refugees plight and flight. Thanks Gilbert for reliving the painful memories so we could get a window into the ugly every day occurances taking place around the world at this very moment, and so we can also celebrate your life and story. Hopefully because of your story more people will take steps to help those who live in the war torn places on this wounded planet and also be the welcoming hands to arriving refugees to our shores.

Comment by burundian, from europe, on Friday Apr 25, 2008 12:20 pm:

This book is a good inspiration for all of us who can be sometimes desperate.Life is never acquired.This is valid not only for burundi but also for the us.
Thank you Gilbert for sharing your lifes knowledge.Keep up the good job.

Comment by Lindsay Dunseith, from Swaziland, on Saturday Apr 12, 2008 5:10 pm:

I have just read a brief story about you in the BBC news and what you say about forgiveness.
Thank you, this is an inspiration to me. I have had an easy life, and not given the challenge you were given, but we all bleed for what others have suffered and are suffering. It eats in the heart and creates the fire of anger. Your message gives me the hope that we, as a people of the world, can find true freedom.

Comment by elixiomar diaz, from maracaibo, venezuela, on Saturday Apr 12, 2008 3:01 pm:

I hope all mankind could follow your example, Gilbert; at least, if ten percent of us could be like you, who forgive face to face one of the men which tried to kill you, definitively this will be another world. Go ahead, Champion!
Hope is always a step ahead of us. Let's try to change our way of thinking about us, as human race.
Peace to the world,

Comment by Stephanie, from Angola, on Saturday Apr 12, 2008 1:10 pm:

I lived in Burundi for two years and passed by the spot of the massacre more than once. How did no one think to tell me that someone survived? I will now read your book. I live in another country ripped apart by war now, but a piece of me will always be in Burundi. Amahoro and Ubuntu--you embody them both. Bonne chance demain!!

Comment by Belen R., from Green Bay, WI, on Wednesday Mar 5, 2008 1:47 pm:

I just finished your book. I am looking at my family in a new way. It is remarkable how quickly things are put into perspective... Thank you for your candor, honesty, and inspiration. Good luck to you and your family. God bless you.

Comment by Lili on Wednesday Feb 20, 2008 7:18 am:

You are such an inspiration to me. Your story truly captivates me and shows me how horrible, yet how nice people can be. That is why every individual deserves a chance before being judged. God bless you and your strength to survive not only for yourself but for everyone.

Best book i ever read!!!

Comment by claire ellis, from townsend ma, on Saturday Jan 12, 2008 1:57 pm:

i loved the book!!!! i readed it in a week. Thank you so much for writing "this voice in my heart" i never know anything that happened in burundi. thank you for sharing your story. GOD BLESS, Claire

Comment by Robin, from Dallas, Texas, on Sunday Jan 6, 2008 8:55 pm:

The hand of our Lord is greatly on you. I love your story of grace, God really has a plan for your life and is using you greatly! I cried so many tears for you and your family as I read about the civil war. I celebrate with you that the Lord is still using you today.

Comment by Tymber, from Austin, tx, on Sunday Dec 16, 2007 4:19 pm:

Thank you for your words about what you wen through. It was so heart breaking and inspiring to read your story. you are truly an amazing person and Austin and the US are very lucky to have you adopt us as your new home. I am very humbled by your words and your courage and hope that we can all take a lesson from your book and remember to never forget. Thank you again,
Peace be with you and yours always,

Comment by Patti Rosen, from Austin, Tx, on Saturday Dec 1, 2007 12:51 am:

Just a few comment and thoughts after finishing your book.

I love your sense of humor which thank God you still have even after what you've been through. I will never understand how people can hate others simply because of artificial is it possible to hate someone you don't know? I don't understnd the violence, especially the violence against children. I hope that your efforts result in an improved chance for peace.

God bless that you are with us and survived so that we could know and understand first hand what happens in places we are less familiar with...

another thought: When you feel blessed to have a roof of palm leaves so your floor does not turn to mud, you truly understand what is important. Thanks for being a great coach and a good person... We appreciate you.

Comment by kim, from austion tx from caonnlly high school, on Friday Nov 30, 2007 4:58 pm:

your book is great. aand very heart feeling.when i read it for the frist time iit put tears in my eyes what a great book

Comment by annonimus, from Windsor, Ontario , Canada, on Sunday Nov 25, 2007 5:59 pm:

I was just reading this book for a book report. What i did not realize was how great of a book it was. It is an inspiring and is one i will probly read again.

Comment by Kelman Chambers, from Scotland, on Friday Nov 9, 2007 6:17 am:


I've just read your book and your story should be an inspiration to everyone.

Good luck in the future.

Comment by Hillary Snedeker, from Tx, on Thursday Nov 1, 2007 7:32 pm:

You are tremendous.
I loved your book.
I hope to talk to you soon.

Comment by DDT-WEBKINZ, from Bahamas , Davos, on Monday Oct 29, 2007 2:12 pm:

Words can't express your significance. Thank you.

Comment by Amy Fowler, from New Brunswick, Canada, on Wednesday Oct 17, 2007 8:48 am:

I stumbled across the book in the library I work at, it is amazing!! I just finished it, and have been touched by Gilbert's story. Thank you for sharing it with us. It is written so humbly. I can't even imagine what you've gone through, I know God was with you, and has used you in so many ways. I'll be praying for you and watching for you in the Olympics?

Comment by Susan Holmes, from Sammamish , Washington, on Friday Sep 21, 2007 11:59 pm:

Hi Gilbert
Wow....thats the only word came out of my mouth when I finished your book...WOW.
I shall never bitch about my job again or about small things that get me down in life.
Your book really touched me...I read it while I was taking my lunch break at 3am {yep I was working graveyard shift}
I read it at 3am everyday. Now I have finished it.
Gilbert, you and your family here and in Burundi are a wonderful inspiration. You are so brave and have the largest heart I know. You forgive although I know your heart will never mend.
Leaving a mother and family and friends behind will always haunt you.
Im so happy you could come to USA and start a family of your own. You are safe now.
Sleep at night and feel safe , ok.
Be happy with your wife and 2 children and may god always always watch over you all.
I know god is watching over your family and friends in Burundi, I hope peace will come fast.
Take care....good luck always...

Comment by Christina Neuschwander, from Seattle, on Sunday Sep 16, 2007 3:12 pm:

I went to school with you, I used to work in the Bean and the Bean Sprout with you. I remember your story and use it in my career as a high school history teacher. Thank you for your willingness to share your pain with others, I know it has made a difference in my life and made an impact on hundreds of high school students in Texas and Washington.

Comment by Linda, from Boston, MA, on Saturday Sep 1, 2007 10:25 am:

Dear Gilbert, I read your book a year ago, little knowing that God would send me to your lovely country and the scene of the slaughter this summer. I was overcome by the beauty of the country and the treachery of man's heart. Thank you for your book, your outstanding faith, and being a hero all can look up to and admire. God Bless You.

Comment by Sara Hickman, from Austin, TX, on Thursday Aug 23, 2007 3:49 pm:

Gilbert, my 11 year old daughter and I read the book, and we were humbled by your courage. Thank you, too, for sharing your culture, your upbringing, the beauty of your homeland, as well as the horrors of genocide, to those of us who want to understand more about the world, other cultures and the human spirit.

God bless you.

Comment by Mary, from Austin, on Monday Jul 23, 2007 9:58 am:

I read the book this weekend and found it very moving and insprirational. I love the workouts and now have even more reason to consider it a privelege to have met Gilbert and Bernard.

Comment by June Brott, from Uniontown, Ohio, on Saturday Jul 21, 2007 3:15 pm:

This book is a WONDERFUL inspiration to Anyone. Gilbert gave me such a lift when I compared my struggling to his. His story and his family's faithfulness and integrity showed me without doubt, "many have now bowed to Bael". God Bless you Gilbert. Would love to meet you someday. (heaven!). I pray God's blessing on you and yours.

Comment by Mick Williams, from UK (ex South African), on Sunday Jul 15, 2007 3:05 pm:

An amazing story, truly an inspiration to all of us.
As an African and a marathon runner, I was (in some way) able to relate to this story with a clear understanding of the difficulties and hardships you have had to overcome.
It is said "What lies behind you, and what lies before you, is nothing compared to what lies within you"
Thank you 'T-Bone' & best wishes for 2008

Comment by Judy Parsons, from Kyle, Texas, on Tuesday Jul 10, 2007 5:12 pm:

What an inspiration!I taught school teacher at Chapa Middle School in Buda,Texas. and I saw your book on a teachers desk. I was administering final exams for the last day of school. So while the kids were taking their test, I began reading your book. Today I finished it and I am passing it on to my older son who is at UT in Austin. When he was in high school he was a cross country runner. I believe that your book will be an inspiration to him also. Your strong Christian beliefs and dedication to life in general are truly amazing and only a great testament to our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for writing this book. I am so sorry for all you went through and my heart hurts for all who died in your country. May the Lord continue to bless you, your family and work in the running community. Keep running strong, I hope to keep track with your progress in the 2008 Olympics.

Comment by Sean, from Austin, Texas, on Saturday Jun 30, 2007 6:24 pm:

Your book is absolutely amazing. It is truly inspiring and has changed me and my family. You have humbled us and have made us better people from your stories and your experiences. You are truly an amazing person and have had so many great opportunites in your life.

I wish you the best of luck in the future.


Comment by Ginger Coburn, from Travis County Adult Probation Office, Austin, TX, on Wednesday Jun 20, 2007 2:23 pm:

Thank you in advance, Gilbert, for your willingness to share your time, your story and your spirit with us. I am in the process of reading your book---it touches my soul deeply...

Comment by Tom Arnold, from Sugar Land, Texas, on Monday Jun 18, 2007 12:52 pm:

Finished it this weekend. What an amazing, inspiring story! Gilbert has overcome obstacles that few of us will ever experience. The depth of his faith was truly breathtaking. I'm so glad that he has made Texas his adopted home!

Comment by Abena Agyeman-Fisher, from Montclair, NJ, on Tuesday Jun 5, 2007 12:44 pm:

Greetings Gilbert:

I didn't know what I was going to encounter when I picked up your book. You are amazing and make us Africans proud. I'm Ugandan and Ghanaian. We have to keep striving to do better as we, indeed, are the future. I know it is hard, but don't forget about home. Let's continue to figure out ways to continue God's work while rehabilitating our home lands--for if we don't do it, who will. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I'll be looking for you at the Olympics in 2008. Lastly, keep love alive. Continue to honor and cherish your family--you are right; this is the biggest blessing of all.



Comment by Debbie Christian, from Colorado Springs, CO, on Saturday Jun 2, 2007 1:00 pm:

Gilbert, I have just returned from Burundi, where I work with widows and orphans, encouraging them in their Christian walk, and providing job training and skills. I had wanted to read your book prior to my trip, but it arrived while I was gone. So I am reading it now, despite jetlag!
I am spellbound by your story, and in awe of your faith. I know much of the Rwandan genocide [as I have ministry there, as well], but your book is giving me an inside view of the terrors and heartache my dear Burundian friends have suffered. Thank you for this important work. I plan to use it to educate my friends and family about Burundi, its amazing people, and, when all seems hopeless, the hope that can be found, persevering in Christ. Peace of the Lord to you, brother!
Debbie Christian
Colorado Springs, CO

Comment by Missy, from Elk Grove, Ca, on Monday May 7, 2007 6:08 pm:

I read your book for my sociology project and just learned so much from you! Gilbert, you have more strength and courage than anyone else I know. Stay strong and know that you have touched so many lives! God has used in so many awesome ways!

In God's Love

Comment by Claudia Martin-de-Nicolas, from Austin, Texas, on Thursday Apr 5, 2007 7:20 pm:

After seeing Gilbert running on Town Lake for years and after reading his book...
recently I went up to him and introduced myself.
I am humbled to read his life story. I am in awe of his power to forgive and his faith...
He is a true inspiration to all!!!
Every time I see Gilbert running or coaching...which is is a reminder to me of the power of FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE.
May the Lord bless and protect you;
May the Lord's face radiate with joy because of you;
May He be gracious to you, show you His favor, and give you his peace.
Claudia :)

Comment by Claire, from Amarillo Texas, on Monday Mar 12, 2007 1:29 pm:

This book is amazing. It has so much forgivness and strength in it. When he came to my school to talk about it he just touched everyone. I am so happy to have read the book and I hope you have or will read it also. Thanks!

Comment by Sandy, from Leroy,Ny, on Friday Mar 9, 2007 8:23 pm:

I just finished reading your book tonight. I loved it and found it very inspiring. I too am a runner and found what I most enjoyed was that your life message isn't all running but how the God who made you is using your running for His glory! Praying you will fullfill your dream and He will get you to the Olympics!

Comment by Brenda, from Minnesota, on Friday Mar 9, 2007 2:35 pm:

I've just finished reading your book. It is an inspiration and a page turner. I hope that most people will continue to pray for all the countries of Africa. So many are war torn. I believe your book will witness to the hearts of many. This will cause us to look at our own self centered lives and reach out to others. God has truly blessed you and I believe will continue to bless you. I will continue to pray for all the children of the world and for God's unsurpassing peace. Bwana Assifwe!

Comment by HM Assistant Coach, from Round Rock, TX, on Tuesday Feb 27, 2007 11:02 am:


My kid sis had trained with you and was visiting from out of town at the time of the 2007 AT&T Austin Marathon/HM. At the EXPO, you said you remembered her and wrote a lovely note into a copy of your book. She was in tears when I gave it to her, saying you were the best coach she ever had and missed you. Thank you for touching our lives and for sharing your incredible, inspirational story.

Que Dieu vous benisse

Comment by Barbara Visser, from Austin, TX, on Saturday Feb 17, 2007 5:10 pm:

I knew there was something extra special about you when I ran with your group last Spring! I decided to buy your book to learn about your life. I can't express in words how much I loved the book and I highly reccommend it to everyone. It is a wonderful testimony of faith and courage. I feel blessed to know you and keep spreading God's word!

Barbara Visser

Comment by Daniella, from Hauppauge, NY, on Wednesday Feb 7, 2007 12:28 pm:

I have just compleated reading Gilbert Tuhabonye's story, 'This Voice in My Heart'. I found this by far the best book i have ever read. I found his writing so eloquent that i was able to visualize exactly what he described. And though i am not a runner i am inspired by his courage to always push himself to the max even after having witnessed such an indiscribable tragedy. May god always bless him,as he is the son of the mountians and the child of god. I also hope to see him competing in the 2008 olympics.


Comment by Jennifer P., from Pasadena, California, on Sunday Jan 14, 2007 11:13 pm:

Thank you for sharing your story with the world so that we may better know you, your country and its strife, and so that we can know the healing power of forgiveness. You are a remarkable man and I am so happy to see that you are clearly and certainly engulfed in love.

I am a runner also, although not nearly in the same class as you! I could, however, relate to the joy and peace you experience from running as you described it in your book.
May the sun continue to shine upon you, Gilbert. Kumbuka Burundi.

Comment by Sheryl Dunn, from Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday Dec 26, 2006 1:25 pm:

Hi - my husband and I are heavily involved in the 3rd world causes, ie, Darfur, Kenya, etc, and I have read several books on the genocide in Rwanda and Darfur.
I am in the midst of completing your book. I have to tell you that that I feel/felt for you, your family and all of your people.
My husband and I have had many conversations about how something like that could've gotten so out of hand. We can only say that when something has gone on for so long, that eventually when it becomes realistic, it would almost seem like it wasn't really happening (surreal) - that it was like all of the other times.
I have to tell you that when my husband read about it in our newspapers in Canada, we were led to believe that it was something of a tribal war - which now, upon reading so many books, we have come to realize, that that was also planned. I was very young and didn't come to know the world's history (I am ashamed to say) only as I approached my 40's.
I don't understand why children are involved in these matters at all. It makes me angry beyond belief.
I can't tell you how many hours that I've spent wondering how these things happen.
I just want to say that you are an inspiration beyond belief and I can't begin to imagine how you picked up the pieces and moved forward and continue to do so.
You take care and know that there are people out there that do care and that whatever/wherever anything is possible for my husband and I to do, we are doing it. We are doing our best to make things better for the people that don't have hope.
You take good care of yourself and know that there are people who do care.

Comment by Irene Perrin, from Australia, on Tuesday Dec 12, 2006 12:02 am:

I have just finished reading your book and found it so inspirational and helped me focus my dreams. Thank you so much. My blessings to you and your family

Comment by Shelby Fretwell, from Austin,Tx, on Thursday Dec 7, 2006 7:38 pm:

i just thought that i would write about this book because im in 8th grade and suprisingly ur story touched me andit had me crying and i had went to the P.A.S. and when i heard ur story i was thinking hes instresting and then when i got back to school i was thinking about wut u were sayin and i love running just depends my distance and u pretty much told us everything i think????....but u r amazing keep up with what your doing


Comment by Luz Tamayo, from Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday Dec 6, 2006 12:34 am:

Dear Gilbert,
In my country, the Muslims and Catholics are at war with each other. Both are supposed to be "peace loving" and believe in one God. But how could people be so cruel with so much hatred? Have you an answer?
I am amazed by your book and how well you write.I hope one day that peace will reign in this world. I look to the day that all peoples will realize that we are all brothers, not divisible by color, race or creed.
I am a female doctor practicing in the city of Manila. How I wish I could do something more for the world,as you have done. I hope to meet you someday, who knows....

Comment by Mike, from Philadelphia, on Friday Dec 1, 2006 3:01 am:

I just finished your book that I received as a gift from my girlfriend, and already it has helped me more than I can explain. Thank you so much. As a fellow runner, good luck achieving your goals.

Comment by NKURIKIYE JEAN-LUC, from BUJUMBURA-BURUNDI, on Monday Nov 27, 2006 7:38 am:

DEAR freind,i saw you become a celebrity;so,i am very happy for your success.I miss you.
Take care.your's JLK.

Comment by Laurie Frattini, from Ringwood, New Jersey, on Friday Nov 24, 2006 3:59 pm:

Dear Gilbert,
Upon completion of your story, I wish I could meet you and give you a warm hug. Your energy, your spirit, your faith and strength are trully inspiring and contagious. Reading your story has put life in perspective for me. May God look down upon you and smile for all the good you have done.
Run for love-Laurie

Comment by Nancy Hughes, from Temecula, California, on Monday Nov 13, 2006 7:44 pm:


You are the most incredible example of Grace that I have ever known. I read your book after receiving it from a friend, and had the honor of meeting you when you discussed your experiences. I know that our paths will cross again, and I think it will be in Burundi. Your story will help people in the United States to learn about the beauty and sadness in Africa, and to let them know that they can, and must, help to bring about change.

Comment by GASORE Jean Olivier, from Algerie, on Monday Nov 13, 2006 1:51 pm:

Gilbert you're the example for our counrty's yuoth.The future of our country is in hands of burundians who are abroad like and in young generation one's.I'm from Rutana I've seen one of escaped student in Kibamba massacre,she is Languide I think you knew her seeing what you lived there I would never think that someone who escaped in this murder could apologise you'rethe example.

Comment by Linda Dupuy, from Horseshoe Bay, TX, on Tuesday Oct 31, 2006 12:17 pm:

Gilbert, we met you at Stuart's daughter's birthday party.
I read the book last week and was overwhelmed.
You have had such a personal triumph overcoming the horrible memories that you must have.

Comment by robert storrey, from fresno, ca, on Sunday Oct 29, 2006 6:39 pm:

This was an outstanding book, the trial and tribulations that were endured were horrible. I truly admire Gilber for his courage and his strength to endure the pain and problems that were presented to him. It is so exciting to hear someone of his calibur talking about God and how he changed his life. You are and will always be in my prayers.

Comment by Heather Letto, from Fox Lake, IL, on Saturday Oct 28, 2006 4:12 pm:

What a blessing it has been to read of your story. To see the heart that God formed through your tragedy and triumph is a gift. Thank you for sharing this story and for all you have given back to God in your life.

Comment by Nora, from Minneapolis, MN, on Monday Oct 9, 2006 5:37 pm:

With great inspiration I have read this book of strength and survival. This painful story needs to be told and these attrosites never again allowed to happen

Comment by John Fincher, from Austin, TX, on Sunday Oct 8, 2006 9:04 pm:

I heard your life story and testimony of faith, hope and love at the Champions for Children luncheon in support of the Helping Hand Home for Children. Of course, I couldn't wait to read your book and have just finished it. "It is easy to light a fire and difficult to extinguish it" when you trust your life to God, enabling Him to empower you in making a difference in our world. May you continue to take His light as shown through you, to new distances and new people.


Comment by ntisumbwa Chantal, from Burundi - Makamba, on Wednesday Sep 27, 2006 11:21 am:

Dear Brother Gilbert,

I can't read the book, how can I get it, I have money but I don't know if the book is finding here(Burundi). I feel that it's very interesting and exciting, you remember that I'm(me and my familly) among the men who was with you in the hospital.
Now, I thank God who secure you and bless you.

Happy to be in contact.

Comment by NDAYIKEZA Laurent (GAPAYA), from From BURURI - karimbi, on Wednesday Sep 13, 2006 9:23 am:

Mon cher Gilbert

Je suis infiniment content et satisfait que tu aies pu écrire ce qui s'est passé au BURUNDI. En effet il y en a qui se contente à le regretter et à le pleurer. Je n'ai pas malheureusement encore eu l'occasion de le lire, c'est même la première fois que je vient de visiter ce site après information d'un ami:BARAMBURIYE Désiré-que tu connais bien.
Je comprends pourqoi les partisans du régime ne voulaient pas que tu quitte ce pays.

Can you guide me where I can find your book at BUJUMBURA?

C'est de bonne geurre que l'on vaincra le génocide.
Courage et Félicitations!

Comment by Anne Regan, from Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday Sep 5, 2006 2:14 pm:

I am a Holocaust educator with the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond. Recently I have been studying about modern genocides. I found your book at my public library. I couldn't put it down!
I am going to recommend it to middle and high school educators for their students. Your story is easily read and understood and makes a good case as to why history is so often repeated. One of the worst aspects about the Holocaust was that it wasn't just Hitler and the Nazis that carried out the killings of Jews and others who did not fit the mold of the "Aryan Race." Often it was the neighbors of the Jews and the others the Nazis deemed unfit that perpetrated so much of the violence!
Thank you for making your story available to the world and may God bless you in your future endeavors to better humankind.

Comment by Christopher Smith, from California, on Monday Aug 28, 2006 3:13 pm:

Thank you for writing about your experience. You are a great soul. I am happy that you are happy now! Iused to be a runner when I was young so I kinda understand you from that place (the one where it feels you need to vomit-lol). May God be with you and your family!

Comment by Earl Kapeller, from Round Rock Texas, on Wednesday Aug 23, 2006 10:29 pm:

Great Book Gilbert
You are truely a blessed man doing the work God has called you to do. I am inspired after reading about the love and forgiveness you have. I have seen and admired you in many of our local races around Austin that we have ran together in. I now admire you much more for the love of Jesus in your heart, then the great running talent he has given to you.
Your Brother in Christ

Comment by Gilda Drammeh, from Silver Spring, Maryland, on Wednesday Aug 23, 2006 11:50 am:

I just finished your book and I wanted to say thank you for giving others like me hope. I have many dreams and aspirations and felt like they are next to impossible to complete. Thank you for sharing your experience, your book has given me the confidence to get back up again, right after I have fallen.

Comment by Joseph S. Naraguma, from Austin, TX, on Sunday Aug 20, 2006 6:28 pm:

I have to admit I was reluctant to read your book even after I had already purchased it. As a fellow Burundian and having lost a brother in the tragedy, I didn’t think another description of the violence would add anything to my understanding of the hatred that plagues my beloved country. After I read ‘This voice in my Heart’, I realized I was dead wrong because your book is not a history book text and you never intended it to be that way. It is a personal testimony of good winning over evil and your determination to maximize the second chance to life you got through forgiveness and exceptional work ethics. More than anything, I like the honesty and candor of your story telling. I am proud to call you my friend. Cheers, J.

Comment by Joanie Capalupo, from Austin, on Thursday Aug 17, 2006 1:35 pm:


Eric and I loved meeting you in person this morning! Thank you for your time and graciousness. You are a compelling person. Your story touched me and I can't wait for my husband to run with you! You are a lesson to everyone...showing them God's grace.

Comment by Many Sparrows, from Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday Aug 15, 2006 10:55 pm:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book. Although it was difficult at times to continue, I had no choice. Once I began reading it, I could hardly read anything else until it was done. What a masterpiece!
As a writer myself, you truly inspired me in ways I can't really describe. All I know is that God led me to your book and I'm so grateful. God must have given you an extraordinary memory and a very sensitive perceptive ability to be able to describe your experiences the way you did. I'm honored to have shared your pain and pleasure vicariously.

Love in Christ Always,
Many Sparrows

Comment by Christy Michner, from Hilton Head Island, SC, on Tuesday Aug 15, 2006 2:32 pm:

Dear Gilbert,
Thank you for taking the time and effort to write your personal story. It is extremely informative and totally moving emotionally and spiritually. I just purchased 6 copies for friends!
Wishing you continued success. We will be watching and praying for you, Gilbert Tuhabonye.
Welcome to America!
Christy Michner
Christy Michner

Comment by Orlando, from Hobbs NM, on Monday Aug 14, 2006 8:35 am:

Gilbert; as I told one of your friends, whom I am good friends with, Patrick, The book is excellent and very well writen. As soon as I finish reading it, I had to stop to call Patrick, I am going to read it again. I love it.

Hope to meet you soon. :)Orlando

Comment by Anonymous, from Mt. Pleasant, SC, on Wednesday Aug 9, 2006 11:06 am:


I was so encouraged, touched and blessed to have read your book. It was beautifully "painted in full color" and I couldn't put it down. A friend of yours from LaGrange, GA visited our church & bookstore where I work and was pleasantly surprised to see that you had written this book. (He and I bought the only 2 copies we carried.)While I was reading your book, I experienced a miscarriage and a (minor) car accident all in one week and I thought about you often knowing that my trials where nothing compared to what you went thru, and it helped carry me. So, thank you. Many would be blessed to hear your story and God has a big plan for your life. May He continue to bless you and your family.

Comment by Lindsay Kampen, from Dallas, TX, on Thursday Aug 3, 2006 9:10 am:

Dear Gilbert,

It's hard to describe the joy that has filled my heart after just completing your book, This Voice In My Heart. I still have tears in my eyes not just for the difficulties you have endured but mostly for the miracles that the Lord has worked in your life. Our God is so good and so faithful to us!!

I just wanted to let you know that you are an inspiration to me. Like you experienced that October night before the attack worrying about your chemistry exam, I too can get so caught up in the small, mundane things in life, allowing myself to be distracted by my wants, worries and desires. But Jesus always brings me back to Him, teaching me that having a love relationship with Him is more important than anything else I might face.

I will continue to pray for you and your family here in the United States as well as for your family in Burundi. Please know that the Lord is protecting them and someday soon you will all be reunited in Heaven!

Thank you for your strength and faith in the Lord!

Sincerely, your sister in Christ,

Lindsay Kampen

Psalm 33:10-11
The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Comment by Nathalie, from Massaschussets, on Wednesday Aug 2, 2006 9:43 am:

Votre livre est indescriptible! Au debut, je pensais mais c'est ennuyant!! Il ne parle que de lui-meme et de son pays! Ou est la voix en question? Mais a partir du 2e chapitre, je ne pouvais pas m'arreter de lire! C'est terrible un genocide! Je viens du Burkina, un pays tres paisible de l'Afrique de l'ouest. Je realise que mon pays est beni apres lecture de votre livre. Dieu est vraiment avec vous! Qu'il vous benisse!


Comment by NDAYIZIGIYE Tharcisse, from Väpnaregatan 13, Linköping-Suède, on Wednesday Aug 2, 2006 6:08 am:

Même si je n'ai pas encore eu la chance de lire ce livre, qui du reste suscite la sympathie de tous les lecteurs, je ne râterais pas cette occasion pour t'encourager, toi Gilbert, pour ton courage à porter à la connaissance du monde entier, la barbarie humaine qui a failli t'ôter ta vie seulement parce que tu es tutsi.Que ton oeuvre serve d'exemple aux autres rescapés du génocide de Kibimba et d'ailleurs pour que la mémoire vigilente soit toujours à l'éveil. Encore une fois , toutes mes félicitations.

Comment by katelynn, from New York, on Monday Jul 31, 2006 5:24 pm:

Dear Gilbert,

i am not a runner but i have read your book and i found it very inspirational. Reading the things that you went through has truely sealed the fact that i want to get into political science and international affairs when i go to college in the comming year. and with the knowledge that i obtain from my schooling i wish to get into politics and try my hardest to get the U.S to help more with the genocide in Dafur. Thank you. You have also helped me with my faith in the Lord. (wich is amazing, i can not thank you enough for that) thanks again-kate

Comment by Yolanda T. Amon, from Bolingbrook, IL., on Sunday Jul 30, 2006 3:58 pm:

Dear Gilbert,
I am a writer. Loved your book! I need help with research for a book I'm writting about the Democratic Republic of Congo. I would love to meet you! I need info for my book!
I will contact you by e-mail so that you'll have my info.

Comment by Eric Biribuze, from Hickory, NC, on Saturday Jul 29, 2006 10:56 am:

Dear Friend,

As a friend and a fellow Burundian, I am so grateful to you for bringing to light the situation of the conflict in Burundi to the world with this wonderful book. Your story life is an inspiration to all humankind, and I am so proud of you that you have the courage and the drive to share it with world.

I will recommend your book to my friends to better understand our beloved country, and to my other fellow Burundians in diaspora to find inspiration on how to make a successful transition to their new locale and call it home.

We all need to learn from you on how to be forgiving and hopefully through your life example our beautiful country of thousand hills can see lasting peace for generations to come.

Please keep up the good work of spreading positive thinking with your big ol smile.

Guma kw'ibanga mugenzi!

Your friend Eric

Comment by Charles Magerano, from Pays-Bas, on Wednesday Jul 26, 2006 4:44 pm:

Mon frère Gilbert!

Je n,ai pas encore lu ton livre;mais en lisant les commentaires de ceux qui t, ont lu.
Je pense que tu as pu ressortir ce qui s,est réellement passé au Burundi comme genocide des Tutsi.Est d,ailleurs les Nations Unies l,avaient reconnu.
Tu es réscapé de ce genocide mais ton Prof mon oncle Joachin y a péri ainsi que d, autres enfants et prof sans savoir pourquoi.
Courage mon frère et au moins tu as parlé en écrivant.
Que Dieu te bénisse.

Comment by Betty Wangler, from Austin, TX, on Monday Jul 24, 2006 7:53 am:


Our family first spotted you at the front of the line of a Capitol 10K race many years ago. We all just watched you warm up and knew….that guy is going to be fast. We have seen you many times since then, either running a race or cheering on your trainees…only knowing that you were fast and…later learning…you had been through something…horrific. My daughter bought me your book for Mothers Day. Now we know just how horrific.

You asked me the other evening what I thought about your book. I don’t think I had many words to say to you because your book has left me speechless. There are no words of wisdom or inspiration that I can offer…no scripture that you have not already heard…no words that can express the impact that your story has had on me. I am in total and complete awe of God’s hand upon you, to protect you in that tremendous trial, to bring you out of the fire, to rise you above the emotional scarring, and to put you at the top of your game.

Our family looks forward to training with you. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

The Wanglers

Comment by Graham Gutting, from Abilene, Texas, on Saturday Jul 22, 2006 9:29 pm:

Thank you so much for your book. It arrived on my birthday (17th). I had a hard time putting it down and finished it this week. Brian bought the last copy at Books-a-million. We're going to get copies for families and friends. We keep you in our prayers and you and your family will always be a part of us. Keep pressing on toward the goal of your upward calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:14) Graham

Comment by Carolyn W., from Augusta, Georgia, on Saturday Jul 22, 2006 7:02 pm:

This is an excellent and powerful book. I enjoyed reading the story. I was drawn into Gilbert's experience and could draw strength from it. It was inspiring and motivating and I will encourage my sixteen year old daughter and others to read it.

Comment by Kathy, from NC, on Saturday Jul 22, 2006 6:34 pm:

I will come to your country one day. I am reading your book now. This voice in my heart. I am in the states and I too have a longing--mine is to go to Africa. Particularly Burundi or South Africa. I really appreciated your story thank you for sharing it with the world

Comment by Catherine Makem Stock, from Drexel Hill, PA (close to Philadelphia), on Wednesday Jul 19, 2006 9:52 am:

Thank you Mr. Tuhabonye for writing this book. I have almost finished it. It has touched me deeply. I will offer to lend it to my students in the fall. I knew about Rwanda but not about Burundi. I pray that men and women will see that our similarities outweigh our differences and that peace is the answer. I hope to hear about you running in the '08 Olympics. May God's will be done. I will pray for your country and for ours.

Comment by Julie Whittenburg, from Austin, on Tuesday Jul 18, 2006 9:55 am:


This book was so touching. I can't believe everything you endured and at such an incredibly young age. It really made me count my blessings and thank God for all that He's done in my life.

One of the verses that kept popping in my mind was the following: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 You are so strong and an inspiration to so many. I pray that God continues to bless you and your family.

Julie Whittenburg

Comment by Bud James, from Flossmoor, Illinois USA, on Sunday Jul 9, 2006 7:09 pm:

I just read Gilbert's book and honestly can say that no book that I ever read had had such an effect on me. The story is something that can not be explained. My wife, Cindy, read the book first and told me that I must read it right away. She had no words to describe the story and the profound effect it had on her. After I finished it she explained that the only way to understand would be to read it for yourself, she was absolutely right. I am telling everyone I know that they should read it too.

Comment by Linda, from Collinsville, Illinois, on Sunday Jul 2, 2006 6:28 pm:

"Greater is He that is in me, than he who is in the world." This verse came readily to my mind as I read this book. I thought about my skimpy trials at the time Gilbert was going through these major ones in his life. I thank God that he gave him a special person to share his life with. Thank you for sharing your life and God's miracle!

Comment by Rach, from austin, on Tuesday Jun 27, 2006 10:59 pm:

I really like your book

Comment by Jackie Jury, from Portland, Oregon, on Friday Jun 23, 2006 7:20 pm:

My prayers are with you as you speak to my beloved family of Austin Stone Community Church this weekend. You are an incredible inspiration to this running mom, my wish in life is that my children will live grace as you do.

Comment by Joseph Nsabimbona, from Denver Colorado, on Friday Jun 16, 2006 12:28 pm:

An amazing story of courage, faith and integrity! Three words came to me after reading your book: Forgive and Rise above!
Reading your book was very humbling and inspirational to me! I now understand why you had such an amazing journey.
Oviously,God wanted you to be the extension of his hand! I was really touched by your story and blessed to know you!
Keep the good work to Christ's glory
Thank you
Joseph Nsabimbona

Comment by Marie King, from Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday Jun 14, 2006 2:54 pm:

I had the opportunity to meet Gilbert at a the Arby's race held in in Denver. He was signing autographs and i had the opportunity to photograph him interacting with sever4al of his fans. I was as impressed with Gilbert in person as I was with his story.

I purchased 2 copies of the book-one for myself and one for a friend. I began reading it Monday morning and had finished it by that evening. it was such a wonderfully wriiten story that I couldn't put it down.

Regardless of your faith, the testament of Gilbert Tuhabonyamanna (which means "Son of God" in his native tongue) is inspiring and his story of growing up in Burundi is very enlightening. His discussion of the factors that set the stage for the violence is also something that every nation should consider. The realization that no nation or people is completely immune from the potential of explosive violence and hate is humbling. Ultimately his story is one of the triumph of hope and goodness over evil.

Five plus stars to Gilbert and his co-author

Comment by Helen, from Georgetown, TX, on Wednesday Jun 14, 2006 8:50 am:

I had the pleasure of purchasing this book at the Oklahoma Memorial Marathon Expo and Gilbert autographed it for me.

This has got to be one of the most moving books I have ever read. I started walking with the Train To End Stroke group in Austin TX in 2002 and have continued to walk and run since. I have heard the stories about Gilbert and they tore at my heart but when I read this book I couldn't stop crying and just could not begin to imagine what strength he had to have to endure all of this and having to do this all at such a young again. I don't know Gilbert personally but I am very proud to know that I know "OF" him and the wonderful things he has done for Austin Texas. I hope he never leaves us.

Comment by Esther Namuswe, from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday Jun 11, 2006 11:29 pm:

Dear Mr.Tuhabonye,

I am writing to thank you for sharing your story with us. If you didn't write this book, I don't think I would have learned about the Genocide in Burundi but also most importantly I don't think I would have been challenged to work hard at fueling my gifts. I was in boarding school in Primary Six in Uganda in 1994 when the news reported the genocide in Rwanda. I remember the "floating scene" on lake victoria. I have been extremely inspired by your courage, first of all, because I am an African from your neighboring country who can relate to the experiences of boarding school, fetching water at the well, and the farm life in my home village. God, I don't know how to summarize the memories running in my mind but all I can say is thank you for writing this book for people like me who have always desired to know what happened. I pray for Burundi, I pray for Rwanda, I pray for all of Africa, I pray for this world. May the good Lord continue to Bless you. You are my brother, I love you and wish you well and your family.


Esther Namuswe

Comment by SAS TRACK, from St. Andrews, Austin,TX, on Friday Jun 9, 2006 10:43 pm:

Coach, you're awesome.

Comment by Army wife and mother of three, from an Army base in California, on Friday Jun 2, 2006 5:11 pm:

This story has changed my life. Not only is this a remarkable tale of struggle and survival, but it is a breathtaking window into a world so far away from most of our own experiences. When my children are old enough to know of the brutatlity and crises that plagues so many others on this planet, I will definately introduce them to your book. Thank you for allowing God to use you in such a mighty way! Bless you!

Comment by Jerry Hermanto, from Austin, Texas, on Thursday Jun 1, 2006 11:51 am:

As a fellow Christian and athlete, i was so inspired and motivated by your story and how God has turned something so evil into such a great blessing that no one and absolutely no one could have done except Him. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story of yours and continue to inspire others the way you just touched my heart and soul. God Bless!

Comment by Bob, from Austin, TX, on Tuesday May 30, 2006 10:36 am:

Even though I just started reading your book I can tell it's "going to be a page turner". Last night I shared the banana story with my 10 year old and he just loved it.

Comment by Dismas Bizoza, from Pays-Bas, on Thursday May 25, 2006 9:40 am:

Cher Gilbert,

Bien que je n'ai pas eu l'occasion de lire ton livre, je voudrais exprimer ma grande satisfaction et mon grand estime à ton égard. Ton courage pourra servir à d'autres réscapés du génocide des tutsi de surmonter les atrocités dont ils ont été victimes pour pouvoir survivre tout en gardant une mémoire vigilante par rapport à l'histoire tragique qu'a connue le Burundi. BON COURAGE FRERE!

Comment by cindy shield, from austin texas, on Tuesday May 23, 2006 3:24 pm:

You are truely an inspiration. Whenever i feel down or challenged, i think "man, if he can survive all that and be happy and positive then i can make it thru this." thank you!

Comment by Laurie Viault, from Austin, TX, on Tuesday May 23, 2006 12:41 pm:

Gilbert, I want to thank you for being such a wonderful, and inspiring coach and human being. I knew about your experience, however, I had no idea of some of the difficult decisions that you had to make. I feel for you! It amazes me that you are such a wonderful and forgiving person after all you have gone through. I do not know a person who is as good and unjudgmental as you. Personally, I have had a very very difficult time forgiving people who have harmed me, and I have not even gone through half of what you have been through in your young life. I continue to learn a lot from you!

Comment by Mike, from Cedar Park, Texas, on Friday May 19, 2006 4:11 pm:

The book is awesome and inspiring. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 10+. Gilbert also signed it for my daughter at Runtex and was his typical very friendly self. Thanks for the wonderful inspirational book. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. When's the movie ?

Comment by John Colyandro, from Austin, Texas, on Sunday May 14, 2006 4:46 pm:

Your book is truly inspiring. I admire you in many respects but not mostly because of your story of survival, even though it is truly miraculous. I admire you most because you make everyone around you smile -- you make everyone around you better -- despite your very hard trial. If I had never known your story, I could have never guessed what horror you witnessed and the pain you endured. That is a tribute to your character and faith. Whenever I have difficult days, I will be reminded of your story and endeavor to make each person around me better regardless of what I must endure. Thank you for being there for us.

Comment by Troy, from Oklahoma City, on Thursday May 11, 2006 6:32 am:

The moment I saw your book advertised in the Oklahoma Memorial Marathon Program I knew I had to have it. I am just starting Chapter 2 and really enjoying it. You are an inspiration! God is Good!

Comment by Peter Rauch, from Austin, TX, on Wednesday May 10, 2006 5:11 pm:

“This Voice in My Heart” is an extraordinary true-life story. Compelling and well-written, this autobiographical account gives readers insight into a remarkable individual living through a horrific experience. Readers will become much more aware of the continued cultural unrest in Burundi and Rwanda but moreover, be amazed at Gilbert’s progress from barefoot child living in a hut with no running water or electricity to a college graduate living in the US as a successful professional athlete and coach. “This Voice in My Heart” will appeal to wide variety of readers – from casual to competitive runners, anyone interested in the ongoing dispute between the Tutsi and Hutus, or anyone who enjoys an account of how a relationship with God can guide an individual through what seems to be an impossible situation.

What this book does not capture is how wonderful it is to meet or be coached by Gilbert. Rather than shy and untrusting, Gilbert is always giving, offering laughter and encouragement for all those he touches and is a powerful positive influence with an outstanding spirit. Most readers won’t have this opportunity, however knowing Gilbert in this way makes this story all that more amazing.

When I first started running with the Gazelles I knew our coach had a remarkable story, but I did not know any details. After doing some research and learning the basics I was awestruck that this boisterous person experienced this horrific incident. I never saw him the same way again. Nearly three years later and knowing him and his history much better, I am once again awestruck after reading “This Voice In My Heart”.

Comment by Michelle D. Ziegler, from Irving, TX, on Tuesday May 9, 2006 9:45 pm:

Thank you for being such an inspiration and a blessing. Your voice is changing the world more than you can imagine. I pray that God continues to play an active roll in your life and your family's life and always bless you.

Comment by Tracy Nelson, from Austin, TX, on Monday May 8, 2006 2:13 pm:

Gilbert, your book was wonderful! I couldn't put it down. The descriptions really transported me to your childhood home in Burundi -- you and Gary have a fantastic writing style that is very compelling.

One of my favorite quotes is this:
"If I were to place on a scale all the bad things that had happened to me and my family on one side and all the kindness and generosity on the other, the goodness in people would far outweigh the bad."

You have such a positive outlook and generous spirit that shines on all of us. We are truly blessed to know you and to be able to run with you.

Thank you for sharing your story with us!

Comment by Jessica Vance, from Austin, Texas, on Sunday May 7, 2006 10:31 pm:

I loved your story and enjoyed reading about your childhood, family, and how you made it to the US. You are amazing, Gilbert. Your faith and trust in God has served you well. I am blessed to call you a coach, and I am perhaps more blessed to learn more than running from you.

Comment by Belinda on Sunday May 7, 2006 7:29 pm:

What a great story. I had no idea of Gilbert's story when I started with the Gazelle's in December 2005. The book is one I did not want to end or put down. Thank you, Gilbert, for sharing your story. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Gazelles.

Comment by Chris Schrader on Sunday May 7, 2006 4:05 pm:

"In a world desperate for love to conquer the hatred, peace to counter the strife, and joy to carry us out of the despair – God sent Gilbert Tuhabonye. Pain and suffering heaped upon Gilbert during the genocide in Burundi did not embitter him. Quite the opposite. He is the 21st century equivalent of Joseph who proclaimed to his tormentors, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done…" (Genesis 50:20). From this heart flows 'Joy First', impacting all swept up in its current. I count myself blessed among many. Listen to the 'voice in his heart' and you, too, will never be the same."

Rev. Chris Schrader, Ph.D.
"A Touch of Grace"

Comment by janice hurst, from austin, on Friday May 5, 2006 11:17 pm:

It is an honor to call you my coach and my friend. You are a true inspiration to all the many lives you have touched. Thank you for sharing your courageous story. We are the blessed ones. -janice

Comment by Humble Student, from Austin, Texas, on Tuesday May 2, 2006 11:17 pm:


I just want to say thank you for teaching me about running and about living gracefully.


Comment by Anonymous, from Running, on Tuesday May 2, 2006 11:15 pm:

I love the book.

Comment by An Admirer, from California, on Tuesday May 2, 2006 10:56 pm:

I just want to say what an inspiration I think you are. I can't imagine going through what you've gone through, and still keeping such a positive spirit!

I can't wait to read your book!


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