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“Rifqa Bary’s story is a powerful testimony to standing for the truth in the face of many difficulties and tall odds. In the words of this young woman who has already been through so much, we are painted a picture of stark cultural contrast—that of slavery and liberty, duty and love, and bondage and freedom. As much as anything, this is a story about the first freedom upon which America was built—the freedom to believe and live one’s life according to those beliefs. Rifqa’s inspiring story reminds us why we must continue to stand for faith and freedom!”
—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

About the Author

Fatima Rifqa Bary, a native of Sri Lanka, moved with her family to the United States at the age of eight. She secretly converted from Islam to Christianity at age twelve. When her family discovered her secret four years later, she ran away from home—and her story made national headlines. Still living in an undisclosed location, Rifqa’s passions are prayer, missions, and people. She also cherishes long talks with loved ones over coffee and eating lots of chicken curry. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook; First Ed 1st Printing edition (May 19, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601426968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601426963
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (557 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nabeel Qureshi on May 22, 2015
Format: Hardcover
My wife and I read this book a few months ago when I was asked for an endorsement. We had planned on skimming, but after reading for a few minutes, there was no way we could put the book down. We read the book starting in the early evening, continuing into the night, until we finished it in the morning. Yes, I shed tears for Rifqa - I felt like she was my little sister, and that she had been alone for years. It was the extremes of physical, social, and emotional suffering that forged her intimacy with Jesus. And I do mean the extremes. Rifqa suffered more than almost all of us ever will, before the age of 18, for the sake of her God and Savior.

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.
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I can't explain how I felt in reading this book. I thought I would feel sorry for this young woman, but instead I want what she has. This amazing relationship with God through Christ. I wasn't expecting to be challenged and inspired in my own walk with Jesus. The scripture, the prayers, the telling of God's perfect timing was amazing. It was not a Story that has a Hallmark ending, it's a Story of life and its realities and how Jesus can bring joy and peace to all who call upon His name no matter the circumstances.
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This is an amazing true story. Rifqa's passion for Jesus is very evident through out the entire book. As a person who had followed all the news reports I can legitimately say that this book has blown me away. God's presence is all over this book. I can't wait to see the fruit that this book produces and how other people escaping radical Islam is set free from bondage. Rifqa is a very skilled writer, and her writing easily captivates her audience. This book is a must have!
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You all will love this book.. The struggle she went thru TO believe in Jesus Christ, the pain, the family and how awful she was treated.. Excellent!!
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Few books have captured my attention so fast. I was certainly impressed with this young lady’s ability to tell her story. A must read for a glimpse into an Islamic family’s practice of their religion. The risk of leaving Islam is great and largely unknown by the world of its consequences. I get the impression it does not matter why you leave Islam, but doing so puts one’s in life long danger. In this case, it’s Rifqa’s conversion to Christianity and this may be on the top of the list for making a Muslim family the angriest in having their pride broken. Disrupted “honor” brings accountability and repercussions to the defector.

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”.
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This is a story that I remember well as a residence of Florida so when Rifqa decided to tell the whole story in Hiding in the Light, I couldn't wait to hear it. In her own words she tells you what is was like to be raised in a devout Muslim home in Sri Lanka and then have her whole family move to the United States. Rifqa does an excellent job of describing the emptiness of practicing the Islamic faith and how the lack of hope from this religion can turn a household into warring factions and how abuse, both physical and psychological, in the home can become the norm.

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.
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