Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus
Author: Rifqa Bary
Published By: WaterBrook Press
Date Published: May 19th 2015 (first published May 5th 2015)
Genre: Autobiography, Memoirs
Recommended Age: Adult
Read and Reviewed By: Theresa
This book is from my personal library.
Rifqa Bary grew up in a devout Muslim family. When she was twelve she was invited to a Christian church by a schoolmate and decided to follow Jesus as her Lord and Savior. The next four years she desperately keeps her faith hidden from her family out of fear for her life. When she is sixteen her family discovers her secret and now she must flea for her life with the help of her Christian brothers and sisters.
I enjoyed this reading this book. It was well written and I learned a lot about the Muslim faith, at least a branch of it that can be very cruel to the women in their lives. It saddens me the way Rifqaa’s parents treated her after her brother damaged her eye, considering her unclean. Then treating her as the criminal when a relative rapes her, whisking her off to the United States before their Muslim community knew she was the victim of rape and being shamed out of their community. It’s discussing how some religions and/or cultures treat their women but claim to be a holy righteous group. I am so thrilled that Rifqa accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and escaped that horrible life her parents were making her live. She deserves some happiness in her life and I pray that Lord continues to bless her. She’s a remarkable woman to live through all she lived through and still lets the peace of Lord shine in her life.
I recommend this book to everyone, especially to the people who believe that all Muslims are peaceful people that love and respect their daughters. Not all of them are peaceful people who respect others beliefs. There are some sects of Muslims who will kill their own kin if they leave the Muslim faith. Rifqa Bary’s story was truly a testimony to Jesus.
Adult Content: a rape scene of a young girl, threats of violenceViolence: a rape scene of a young girl