Where to begin with this review? This book left me at a loss for words. To read the story of a young Muslim girl who, after accepting Jesus Christ as her savior and vowing to live for him, must flee her family in fear for her life, would render anyone speechless.
This book was incredible. Hiding in the Light tells the story of Rifqa Bary, who was raised in Sri Lanka by devout Muslim parents. She was blinded in one eye as a young child and constantly abused and rejected by her family. After moving to the US, her family still practiced their religion, but Rifqa became curious of her friends who would pray in a way that seemed so easy and genuine, and with a strange word, “amen.” Rifqa came to accept Christ as her savior but was forced to keep it a secret from her family. Eventually her father found out, and told her if she didn’t turn back to Islam from Christianity he would kill her. What came after that terrifying night is something so crazy and surreal that without the grace and mercy of Jesus, and the precious people he put in her life, Rifqa wouldn’t have survived. I really can’t write a review worthy of the emotions this book made me feel, so I can only tell you to read it. It will touch your heart, and remind you of the glory and unfailing love of Christ with each turn of the page.
Thank you to NetGalley and WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers for the opportunity to read this book. All opinions are my own.