Hiding in the Light
Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus is Rifqa Bary's story of faith, bravery, and hope. Stories by people who have converted from Islam to Christianity have always fascinated me, so I knew this was a must-read book for me. The description reads:
“After four years of hiding my faith from my family, I knew that it was time. I wrote with shaky hands, ‘Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I refuse to deny him….’ There was no turning back now. I had to get out of that house if I wanted to live. Was this worth risking everything for? Yes.”
Rifqa Bary grew up in a devout Muslim home, obediently following her parents’ orders to practice the rituals of Islam. But God was calling her to freedom and love. He was calling her to true faith. He was calling her to give up everything.
Leaving Islam for Christianity cost her more than she imagined
but gave more than she could have dreamed.
Hiding in the Light is the story of Rifqa’s remarkable spiritual journey from Islam to Christianity. It is also the untold story of how she ran from her father’s threats to find refuge with strangers in Florida, only to face a controversial court case that reached national headlines. Most of all, it is the story of a young girl who made life-changing sacrifices to follow Jesus—and who inspires us to do the same."
Now, I'll admit, I hadn't even heard of Rifqa Bary before reading this book - so I started off with a clean slate and no knowledge of her before picking it up. This is a fairly small, brief, 240 page hardcover book. However, it is jam packed with action and really packs a punch. I was riveted by Rifqa's story from page one. I think this is an extremely important book for every Christian to read. We need to better understand and be more sensitive to the plight of Muslims who choose to convert to Christianity, as it can literally mean death by the hands of their own family to them. Rifqa's story is so brave, honest, and inspirational, and it's truly unbelievable that things like this are still going on today. This story is a great reminder that we should be so grateful for the freedoms and privileges we have in regards to freedom of religion in America, and a warning of what would happen if those religious freedoms were encroached upon. I can't recommend this book enough.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.