Captive in Iran: A Remarkable True Story of Hope Amid the Horror of Tehran's Brutal Evin Prison  -     By: Maryam Rostampour, Marziyeh Amirizadeh, John Perry
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Captive in Iran: A Remarkable True Story of Hope Amid the Horror of Tehran's Brutal Evin Prison

Tyndale House / 2013 / Hardcover

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Despite opposition and threats, the Gospel is going forth in Muslim nations, mostly because of brave believers like Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh. The two women met while studying theology in Turkey and decided to work together when they returned home to their native Iran. Though Islamic law forbid it, in three years they distributed over twenty thousand New Testaments and started two secret house churches. It seemed like a miracle that they evaded being caught for their efforts to spread the Gospel.
However in 2009, the two women were arrested and held in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran for 259 days. During their imprisonment they faced interrogations, intimidation, and threats of execution many times. In Captive in Iran, Rostampour and Amirizadeh share their remarkable story of survival and faith. You'll read how God used them to bring His light to one of the world's darkest places, giving hope to those who had lost everything, and facing fear with radical faith.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1414371209
ISBN-13: 9781414371207
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Embark on a chilling journey inside one of the world’s darkest and most dangerous places: Evin, the notorious Tehran prison. Here, prisoners are routinely tortured, abused, and violated. Executions are frequent and sudden. But for two women imprisoned for their Christian faith—Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh—this hell on earth was a place of unlikely grace as they reflected God’s love and compassion to their fellow prisoners and guards. Against all odds, Evin would become the only church many of them had ever known.

In Captive in Iran, Maryam and Marziyeh recount their 259 days in Evin. It’s an amazing story of unyielding faith—when denying God would have meant freedom. Of incredible support from strangers around the world who fought for the women’s release. And of bringing God’s light into one of the world’s darkest places—giving hope to those who had lost everything, and showing love to those in despair.

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  1. HomeSchool Mom of 4
    The Hot Dry Desert
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Eye-opening, Thought-provoking Read
    July 22, 2014
    HomeSchool Mom of 4
    The Hot Dry Desert
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    This book is so absolutely inspiring! I could not put it down. It's something I believe every American Christian should read. Very thought-provoking--a story that I think will stay with me for the rest of my life. The book is written in first person by the women who experienced almost one year in Evin Prison in Iran. I immediately felt like I knew these women, they brought me into their story, and they made me ask myself the same questions they asked. Would I risk everything to live God's will for my life? Would I flourish in prison the way they did? An amazing read!

  2. Bookwoman
    Plano, IL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is a fascinating story on many levels
    July 7, 2014
    Bookwoman
    Plano, IL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female

    This is a fascinating story on many levels. The amount of patience and trust in the Lord that these two women experienced is a testimony that should inspire other Christians. The relationships they formed with other women in prison and how these relationships changed prisoners as well as the many miracles they witnessed that God provided, should make Christians step back and consider their own lives and how God wants to work in and through each of us.

  3. Bookworm
    Age: 25-34
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not sure
    July 7, 2014
    Bookworm
    Age: 25-34

    This book made me feel a myriad of things--drawn-in (by the first person narration) intrigued (by a land I know little about) grateful (for living in a free country) compassion (for others who weren't), and then, sadly, I ultimately became...disinterested, so I didn't finish it.

    I wanted to like this story, and I'm not saying I disliked it completely, but it didn't keep my interest as I'd hoped it would.
    The beginning sucked me in, but the middle left me wanting. Maybe being tired from a lengthy trip contributed to me not finishing the book, but the main issues (for me) were repetition, and sometimes having to `go back' in the story to figure out who was who etc.

    Perhaps I'll give it another try, and be able to leave a more favorable review, but until then I rate this as `okay.'

  4. Pauline
    Muscatine, IA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    a gripping true story
    July 6, 2014
    Pauline
    Muscatine, IA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4

    Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh tell what it was like spending nearly nine months in prison for being Christians and sharing their faith. In Iran the constitution supposedly provides for freedom of religion, but it also requires that Iranian law be consistent with Islamic law, which forbids converting from Islam to another religion.

    Under threat of death for their supposed apostasy (though neither woman considered herself to have ever been a Muslim, despite growing up in Muslim families), they find in prison both horrible living conditions and incredible opportunities to share God's love with other prisoners. Before being arrested, they had to be very circumspect in their evangelistic activities. But within the prison, they are free to talk with the other women and tell about Jesus and why they love Him enough to suffer for Him there.

    They tell not only their own stories but also the stories of their fellow prisoners, many of whom have been imprisoned unjustly. These are not isolated incidents, but what Maryam and Rostampour see as part of a pattern of life in Islamic Iran. Women have no hope, no choices in life. They are property of their husbands no matter how abusive they are. Their lack of choices often drives them to prostitution and drug addiction. Then when they are arrested they get no legal representation.

    One shortcoming of the book in my view is that it is difficult to tell the accounts of Maryam and Marziyeh apart. Each section tells who is speaking, but they seem to speak with such similar voices that I often lost track of which one it was. They were close friends; no doubt they had a great deal in common besides their faith in Christ. But I can't help wondering if the sameness of their accounts may not be in part the result of trying to tell their story in a foreign language (English) and the influence of John Perry, their collaborator in writing the book.

    Nevertheless, it is a book well worth reading. It is a reminder of what freedoms we have in the United States. Our justice system is far from perfect but it is far, far better than what these women describe. It is an account of the goodness of God in the midst of suffering. It is a message of hope and of God's love. And it is a challenge to stand fast in faith in Christ, no matter what the cost.

  5. Beaverton, OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Two Young Women Endure for Their Faith
    June 25, 2014
    Beaverton, OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Unbelievably challenging for us who live in free America, this memoir recounts the nine months that Maryam and Marziyeh spent in captivity on the charge of being Christians in Muslim Iran. I would suggest before you start their story that you read "How This Book Came to Be" by John Perry at the end. Also, in the hardbound copy there is a picture of the two young women on the back flyleaf. With this picture and information in mind, put yourself in their place as you read of their abuse, suffering and deprivation during their captivity. I wonder how many of us could endure without compromising our faith? The beauty of their story is the wonderful way they were able to share Jesus with their inmate friends and improve conditions even just a little. Interestingly, I remember praying for them because of the great publicity generated as their situation was leaked to the world media. This is a story you will remember for many years to come.

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