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Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus Hardcover – May 19, 2015
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—Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council
“Rifqa Bary’s story unveils God as the Father to the fatherless whose pursuit of His children is fiercely beautiful. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. She invites readers to walk beside her on her fascinating road and to see the God she saw when she said her very brave yes to Jesus.”
—Sara Hagerty, author of Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet
“An extraordinary glimpse into the faith of a Christ-follower and the sovereignty of God. Rifqa’s story informs, inspires, and empowers.”
—Max Lucado, pastor and author
“This is truly an inspirational story of a young Muslim girl’s journey into the arms of Jesus and the discovery that Jesus is everything that she had been looking for. Her heartbreaking journey is hard to fathom, and yet her suffering was the one thing that led her to Jesus. This story will give you not only insight into what it means for a Muslim to convert to Christianity and the heavy price associated with that, but also the importance of Christians breaking through the stereotypes and reaching out to Muslims in love.”
—Naghmeh Abedini, wife of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini
“Not only does Rifqa Bary’s story bring to light key tenets of Islam we so need to understand, it will show you the courage true faith provides. This is a book you will finish in a hurry, as you’ll want to know what happens next! Thank you, dear Rifqa, for counting all as loss for the sake of our Savior.”
—Kay Arthur, cofounder of Precept Ministries International and author of When the Hurt Runs Deep
“Enrapturing heart and spirit, Rifqa masterfully shares insights into immigrant Muslim life, tearing the veil of mystery with the power of the gospel. Although chronicling her own account, her words echo the cries of young Muslim women worldwide, and manifest on each page is the signature of our sovereign God. Rifqa’s story is authored by Jesus—come read what He’s written.”
—Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, best-selling author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus and speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
“I hope you can feel the gentleness of Rifqa’s heart as I did when I read her story—I love it! In my own experience as a child, I had hidden in a cocoon of despair and lived with the brutality of loneliness—I understand how she felt. When you give your heart to Jesus Christ, you have to be brave. I was so touched by the sadness and the joy of someone who never denied Jesus.”
—Nicky Cruz, evangelist and author of Run, Baby, Run
“Rifqa is my hero, and this book details her amazing story never before told in its entirety. Even though it was all over the national news, if you thought you knew what really happened—think again. I stayed up all night reading this book. Hiding in the Light is a testament to what happens when one ordinary person is touched by the one extraordinary Savior of the World.”
—John Stemberger, president and general counsel, Florida Family Policy Council
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Top Customer Reviews
Rifqa is the real deal. My heart broke for her as she fought for faith and conscience at an age when many girls are tossed and torn by identity issues and consumerism. She had to fight these battles under the intensely critical scrutiny of international media spotlight. As you go deeper into her story, you see the true depths of her struggles. The curveballs keep coming, to the very last page.
Read this book! Get a glimpse into Islam, immigrant life, the plight of many Muslim women, the dark side of Honor and Shame cultures, an incident of real injustice in the justice system, and the cost a young Muslim woman had to pay to receive Jesus here in America. Ultimately and most beautifully, throughout Rifqa's story, it wasn't she who was at the center, but Jesus and His Gospel. I can't recommend it more highly.
As a Christian myself, I immediately found my faith so easily practiced compared to what many in the world have to endure in proclaiming Jesus. The book challenged me to be bolder in sharing my faith yet gently in words and through practice. It's this that brought Rifqa eager to her new faith and the many people along the way that brought her support both intentionally and unintentionally.
The book reads like an action story but fascinating as it is done in hiding. The ride gets more intense when Rifqa is found out. With this being a true story, I felt shame for so many people in their actions, attitudes and interactions towards Rifqa as judgments were made by others in that they had no clue what was going on. You will be amazed at Rifqa’s response to these folks.
Readers of different faiths, or no faith at all, will find this book fascinating as the journey of conflicts are treated with respect and with transparency. Rifqa’s faith and joy is clear and humanized for all. I hope to see this story on the movie screen one day as the audience will be left with one big “wow”.
Hiding in the light can also give believers who are raised in the comforts of the United States, where we have never worshiped under the threat of prosecution and a possible death sentence, a real eye opening about how we should never take this freedom for granted. I enjoyed her story of coming to faith in God and putting her trust in Jesus Christ even though she knew what the consequences could be. I love how she recounts the way God helped her in many ways when she realized her parents and the local mosque new the truth of her conversion.
Rifqa also lets you see the difficulties that she experienced once she fled her parents home. She also tells how this impacted believers around her and the risks they took to help her get to safety. I hope you take the time to read this book, it will uplift you and let you see how giving your whole heart and life over to God may not be always easy but He loves you and will make a path for you.
I was given this book in an EBook format from NetGalley and Blogging for Books for my honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I know this life is rough. I PRAISE you Rifqa for your strong faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. I love our Lord. He is my hope and cornerstone of my lifePublished 21 hours ago by Bobarb Candles
This is an excellent book. It is told from the perspective of a young Muslim woman who was attracted to Christianity. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Conrad Gren
This is a profound and easily-read story. As someone who had followed her story, it was so amazing to hear more details. Read morePublished 13 days ago by A. Gustafson
Great book very compelling story,gives a view of different customs and the danger of the Muslim faith and it practices.Published 14 days ago by CARA EAKIN
If only other Christian teenagers were as serious about their faith.
This seems like it is just the first installment of what will be a longer story of her life. Read more
Such an inspiring life transforming story. Will make even the most devoted to the Lord hunger more for HimPublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was very blessed to find out about this book, which then I turned around and purchased immediately for my kindle. I was unable to put it down. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Dorie
Awesome book. She has lived through a very difficult situation and in telling it has shown the difference in our living Jesus and legalistic beliefs. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Debbie Bogosian
I could hardly put the book down. Her journey frightened and inspired me....to trust in Jesus. A must read for all who want a better understanding of Islam.Published 28 days ago by Vanita