- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale Momentum; 2d edition (April 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414371209
- ISBN-13: 978-1414371207
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
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Captive in Iran: A Remarkable True Story of Hope and Triumph amid the Horror of Tehran's Brutal Evin Prison Hardcover – April 2, 2013
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"For all we knew, this could be our last day on earth.""I hope you've been thinking carefully," the interrogator said, nibbling on a piece of bread. "Have you?"I wondered if he knew how hungry we were, or if he always ate in front of prisoners."What should we have been thinking of?" Maryam asked."About telling us what we want to know about you and your activities. I have checked your laptop and read all the evidence against you," he said sternly. "You must tell us everything about people you have contact with, which organizations you work with. Otherwise, we will lock your hands and feet together and beat you until you die."Think about that as you prepare for your interrogation." Pushing back abruptly from the table, he walked out.Despite our earlier bravado, we were afraid. For all we knew, this could be our last day on earth. We held hands and prayed for strength."If we are tortured, give us the power to stand fast."
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Locked away, but not silenced . . .
Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh knew they were putting their lives on the line. Though Islamic laws in Iran forbade them from sharing their Christian beliefs, in three years they’d covertly put New Testaments into the hands of twenty thousand of their countrymen. They’d started two secret house churches, including one for prostitutes―many of them women who had been abandoned by their husbands and had no other way to support themselves and their children. Maryam and Marziyeh had almost been caught many times . . . it seemed like divine intervention when they were not.
But finally―perhaps inevitably―in 2009, the two young women were arrested and held in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran, a place where inmates are routinely tortured, and executions are swift and sudden. But in the face of chilling interrogations and intimidation, and risking a death sentence, something remarkable happened: Instead of succumbing to fear, they chose to take the radical―and dangerous―step of sharing their faith inside the very walls of the government stronghold that was meant to silence them.
In Captive in Iran, Maryam and Marziyeh recount how God used their 259 days in Evin Prison to bring about a miraculous reversal: shining light into one of the world’s darkest places, giving hope to those who had lost everything, and showing love to those in despair.
For all we knew, this could be our last day on earth.
“I hope you’ve been thinking carefully,” the interrogator said, nibbling on a piece of bread. “Have you?”
I wondered if he knew how hungry we were, or if he always ate in front of prisoners.
“What should we have been thinking of?” Maryam asked.
“About telling us what we want to know about you and your activities. I have checked your laptop and read all the evidence against you,” he said sternly. “You must tell us everything about people you have contact with, which organizations you work with. Otherwise, we will lock your hands and feet together and beat you until you die.
“Think about that as you prepare for your interrogation.” Pushing back abruptly from the table, he walked out.
Despite our earlier bravado, we were afraid. For all we knew, this could be our last day on earth. We held hands and prayed for strength.
If we are tortured, give us the power to stand fast.
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I was profoundly moved and encouraged by the way in which these women relied totally on God to sustain them during their unjust imprisonment. Far from being discouraged, they found that their ministry was actually made more effective in prison than it could ever have been in the open on the streets of Tehran.
This story is a must read for any Christian living in the western world. First, it displays the reality of religious persecution and human rights violations that take place in many parts of the world today. Second, and perhaps most importantly, it causes us to question whether or not we are using the unequaled freedoms that we have to their greatest effect. The women of this story grew more confident in their faith even as their physical and legal circumstances worsened. As a Christian reading this book, you cannot help but place yourself in their shoes and wonder if you could have placed such complete trust in God as they apparently did.
The courageous and confident ministry of Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh in Evin Prison is as great a mirror of the example of the apostle Paul's attitude during his imprisonment by the Romans as we are likely to see in modern times. This was the most captivating and uplifting story that I have read in many years.
It is easy to identify with the authors and feel compassion for them and the other women in prison. It book is well written and edited for smooth transitions and has no obvious spelling or typographic errors.