It all started when her eye was ruined in a fit of anger by her brother. That's when Rifqa Bary really started feeling like her home was not happy. Before she was marred, she remembers a happy loving mom, a dad eager to see her after a long business trip. Afterwards she felt her favor slowly melting away. A mom impatient and angry with her, and dad who didn't want to look at her. She fought even more with her brother. She was an outcast in her own family.
So when she first heard "God" whisper to her that day in the garden, it's no surprise she felt drawn. Over the next few years He continued to seek her and she found him in unusual places. But when her family finally catches wind of her conversion she becomes afraid for her life. Having already been beaten up by both parents, she knew her dad would make good on his threats when he returned home. So after a night. Spent in turmoil, she ran away. At 16 she was still a minor. The next couple years she spent in court case after court case, and in multiple foster homes...
Despite everything she was hit with, she still decided to choose God. And he didn't disappoint.
I read this book in two sittings. I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this, just felt I needed to read something hopeful. I had and have not watched any of the court precedings and all the media coverage that bombarded her when this took place. So I didn't know any of her story. I'd read a lot of reviews, and sadly, so many mean ones. People attacking her character and the validity of her conversion. I for one can't quite understand this craze, Christians attacking Christians. So I read the book with an open mind, if she lied about anything or wasn't sincere, that's not for me to decide. What I read was a very sad story. No girl should ever have to be raised in such a way. To feel unloved and hated by your own family, it's no wonder she didn't want to follow Islam. Her life after leaving home was no easier... This will be a book I'll pass around. I can't imagine someone not taking anything away from it. Written in a way that makes it a very quick and intense read. Highly recommend.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.