I was privileged to read Rifqa Bary’s excellent book Hiding in the Light – Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus. I find it fascinating to hear the stories of people raised in Islam who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior; people who have become Christians in spite of the great risk to their life.
Rifqa’s story is unique; she became a Christian when she was 12 years old and managed to keep it a secret from her family for four years. At the age of 16, she faced a very real threat to her life when her parents found out that she was a Christian. That night Rifqa had a life changing decision to make; should she stay and risk death at the hands of her very angry father, or face the possibility of being sent back to Sri Lanka against her will or should she leave and abandon it all for Christ.
Through the courageous help of friends and strangers Rifqa found safe haven. But her new found peace was not to last for long. A battle ensued; Rifqa’s parents wanted her back home, but her new found friends and allies were willing to risk much to help her find the freedom she wanted to worship God in safety.
This book is riveting and Rifqa is open and transparent and reveals what was happening with her mind, will and emotions as she struggled to live out her faith and how her family responded when they discovered she was no longer a Muslim. I was shocked to hear of Rifqa’s experiences with the juvenile detention system, child protective services and foster care. But the Lord always seemed to bring someone across Rifqa’s path to sow hope and encouragement into her turbulent life. I was heartened to learn of those who are gifted and called to help children in crisis.
After reading Hiding in the Light, I have a better appreciation for what it takes for someone to make the courageous choice to believe in Jesus Christ and openly choose to live for Him when coming from a Muslim background.
I highly recommend Rifqa Bary’s new book Hiding in the Light.
I would like to thank the people at Blogging for Books and Water Brook Publishers for the opportunity to read Hiding in the Light in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.