Hiding in the Light
“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.
A book like this is hard to review. Honestly, how can a person "critique" someone's very personal story? I wanted to read this book because I have a vague memory of seeing/reading Rifqa's story on the news back in 2009, and wished to know more.
Hiding in the Light is not a long book, but the story inside of it is life-changing. The author's testimony is often hard to read, full of mistakes and God's grace, but ultimately a powerful one. It's also a book that can't help but affect the reader: if Rifqa was willing to do so much to follow Christ, at the risk of losing her family and even her life, how petty our own fears about sharing our faith become!
Overall, I highly recommend this book to any Christian for encouragement, and to any reader for a hard look at the inevitable clash between Islam and Christianity.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.