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Captive in Iran: A Remarkable True Story of Hope and Triumph amid the Horror of Tehran's Brutal Evin Prison Kindle Edition
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The authors endured numerous intense interrogations and poor health because of the lack of adequate medical care and the filthy living conditions, yet they remained firm in their stance for the right to share the story of a forgiving, loving and merciful God. Many conversions were made as they prayed with those who seemed to have little hope.
Eventually, they learned of the outside world's notice of their imprisonment and the pressure being placed on the Iranian government to release them. It was a delicate matter as the Iranians wanted to save face, but eventually the acquittal was obtained and Maryam and Marziyeh were set free. They never gave in to the pressure to deny Christ to save their own lives, even under the threat of execution.Read more ›
Those names, and more, are pretty familiar to those who follow the church, especially the persecuted church. I have something more pressing I ask every time I read of a past martyr or a present martyr for the cause of Christ.
One Question haunts me: Could I take the stand these and thousands of others have? If I was arrested for my faith, put under intense scrutiny, suffering extreme persecution, could I would I be able to remain strong?
My answer? I hope so. But really, how would I know? I won't until or unless I come under that type of fire!
Enter Captive in Iran, a book by two Iranian ladies who became followers of Jesus and were arrested for their faith. Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh converted to Christ from Islam; met at a theology school in Turkey in 2005; then decided to work together by returning to Iran in order to share Jesus. All was going well until one day they were arrested for promoting Christianity. The charges were for apostasy, anti-government activity, and blasphemy, for which they faced execution by hanging. They languished in a detention camp enduring endless questioning and impossible conditions, until being transferred to the dreaded Evin Prison (ironically a prison they could see from their apartment window). They then endured 259 days in Evin while awaiting their "day in court." They were pawns in a very broken and biased court system. Their case garnered international attention thanks to the internet and other media. Appeals were being made by all corners of the world (except the Muslim world) for their freedom. Finally, their freedom became a reality.Read more ›
Captive in Iran is their story.
Maryam and Marziyeh's boldness touched me when I first read of them in VOM's 2009 newsletters. My mother had special seasons of prayer for them. I shared about them in my 2009 IDOP message, and then was delighted to tell my church a few weeks later of their release. So it was a great joy to finally read the all the details of their 259 days of incarceration.
It turned out to be a different book than I expected.
At first I thought it might be like Dan Baumann's Imprisoned in Iran. He, too, spent time in Evin for evangelism. But he experienced far worse physical and emotional abuse than these women did (they had regular access to a telephone and were not beaten or kept in solitary confinement like he was) and consequently his emotions dipped much lower than theirs, to the point where he attempted suicide. Maryam and Marziyeh, on the other hand, remained relatively strong even in their darkest hours.
It isn't like Corrie Ten Boom's The Hiding Place either. No warm, lengthy story of their upbringing; no truly three dimensional characters whom you feel like you know afterwards; no struggle to forgive; no contrast of personalities (Corrie and Betsie were clearly different; Maryam and Marziyeh seem like spiritual twins). I doubt you'll see a movie made of this book.Read more ›
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i lost interest in this book because it dragged on forever. it became so boeing and redubdant. i felt like it took me as long to get through this book ad the authors were in... Read morePublished 6 days ago by THERESA
I do not give this five stars for the literary value, but for the education. It's time to be open-eyed and praying. I am amazed at these two women and all they endured. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Lynn
The subtitle of the book summarizes my experience with it. It was a good read, mixing the two authors' experiences equally throughout the text so that you never wearied of the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Miller.
Take a chance on something you would not normally read in non-fiction here. Hearing their tremendous testimony, You will not be sorry you did. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DS Plyler
The strongest point in this book is the power of prayer in the lives God's children.Published 3 months ago by B. Thomas
This is an excellent book. It will certainly make you think about whether your faith is a strong faith and if you really trust in the Great God of the Bible. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kevin Barber
This true story is one of encouragement and reveals the faithfulness of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Linda
Maryam and her friend, Marziyeh take turns telling their story from each point of view. Devout Christians jailed for "promoting their faith," they rely on Jesus to give... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ms Hughes
The story was phenomenal and extremely well written. I would read another book written by them especially if it was about their journey or others who have worked with them against... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Karen N
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