Rifqa Bary, 22, gained national attention in 2009 when she ran away from her northeast Columbus home to Florida, saying her father had threatened to kill her.

“Even though I’ve had so much loss in my life, I’ve experienced more joy and love than I ever dreamed of, and I found that to be in my faith in Jesus Christ.”

Bary said she respects Muslims, finds aspects of the faith beautiful and vehemently denies claims that she is anti-Muslim.

“It’s the opposite. I love Muslims. I cry over them because I was once in that place,” she said. “I desire with all my heart that they experience the freedom that I’ve found in Christ.”

Her wish is that her memoir will encourage and inspire others:

“[My] hope is to save others who read it, to shed hope and light, and that it would cause other people to see that you can leave, that there is hope.”

Here is a video of Rifqa at the age of 16-years-old. You’re going to love her fire for Jesus!