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Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh knew they were putting their lives on the line. Islamic laws in Iran forbade them from sharing their Christian beliefs, but in three years, they’d covertly put New Testaments into the hands of twenty thousand of their countrymen and started two secret house churches. In 2009, they were finally arrested and held in the notorious Evin Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh knew they were putting their lives on the line. Islamic laws in Iran forbade them from sharing their Christian beliefs, but in three years, they’d covertly put New Testaments into the hands of twenty thousand of their countrymen and started two secret house churches. In 2009, they were finally arrested and held in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran, a place where inmates are routinely tortured and executions are commonplace. In the face of ruthless interrogations, persecution, and a death sentence, Maryam and Marziyeh 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, two courageous Iranian women recount how God used their 259 days in Evin Prison to shine His 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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Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh knew they were putting their lives on the line. Islamic laws in Iran forbade them from sharing their Christian beliefs, but in three years, they’d covertly put New Testaments into the hands of twenty thousand of their countrymen and started two secret house churches. In 2009, they were finally arrested and held in the notorious Evin Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh knew they were putting their lives on the line. Islamic laws in Iran forbade them from sharing their Christian beliefs, but in three years, they’d covertly put New Testaments into the hands of twenty thousand of their countrymen and started two secret house churches. In 2009, they were finally arrested and held in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran, a place where inmates are routinely tortured and executions are commonplace. In the face of ruthless interrogations, persecution, and a death sentence, Maryam and Marziyeh 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, two courageous Iranian women recount how God used their 259 days in Evin Prison to shine His light into one of the world’s darkest places, giving hope to those who had lost everything and showing love to those in despair.

30 review for Captive in Iran: A Remarkable True Story of Hope and Triumph amid the Horror of Tehran's Brutal Evin Prison

  1. 4 out of 5

    R.J. Rodda

    The most powerful and encouraging aspect of this story was the way the two girls refused to deny Christ despite the consequences. The prison system in Iran as detailed here is Kafka like with inadequate food laced with chemicals, breathtakingly bad medical care, lack of rights and above all seems completely mysterious about process and punishment. Even prisoners who have been given the dead penalty do not know for sure they are being executed until they see the noose. The treatment of prisoners The most powerful and encouraging aspect of this story was the way the two girls refused to deny Christ despite the consequences. The prison system in Iran as detailed here is Kafka like with inadequate food laced with chemicals, breathtakingly bad medical care, lack of rights and above all seems completely mysterious about process and punishment. Even prisoners who have been given the dead penalty do not know for sure they are being executed until they see the noose. The treatment of prisoners seem to lie in the whims of the guards who are often brutal and the atrocities detailed here are very disturbing. Life in Iran as shown here is one of complete insecurity. Anyone can be plucked off the street and detained and subject to horrific treatment for what we would consider no reason (you went to a party where boys and girls were present and they weren't related; you received emails from a different political group than the one that won the election). Frightening stuff. All this I had not read before. This book however focuses on the plight of women and Christians in Iran. The two girls described are amazing in the steadfastness of their faith despite the cost and it is very interesting to see into life in Iran and its prison systems. For those considering this book I would like to mention the following. The focus is entirely on the two girls imprisonment. Their is a brief bio sketch of both of them, and a small section about their life afterwards, but basically there are over two hundred pages on life in prison, on their various interrogations (which do get a bit repetitive as the same questions get asked over and over again) and some court room scenes. On the whole it seems like they have detailed everything that happened to them, not just picked the highlights. Also they are very clear about wanting this book not to just be about them but to also give a voice to women prisoners in Iran and share their stories of victimisation. So within this book are a lot of smaller life stories told by the women prisoners to the two girls. It is hard to keep track of the names and the stories and to know the veracity of what has been reported. The stories are horrifying but I think it is possible some readers might be turned off by the sheer number of them. *Also if you are reading the paper book - the caption on one of the photos in the middle tells the name of someone who is executed. I wish I hadn't known that so early on as the narrative only tells you at the end and it would have been more impacting to know then. Overall this is moving (especially the flashback to baptism during a life/death courtroom scene) and very interesting. I don't ever want to be captive in Iran but loved how these girls made the prison a church and how God used them. It also shows how international pressure gets prisoners released and the value of writing to those in chains. I'm glad I read this.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    “Despite our earlier bravado, we were afraid. For all we knew, this could be our last day on earth. We held hands and prayed to the Lord to calm our hearts. Our greatest fear was that we would break and say things outside of God’s will. We prayed for strength. We wanted our captors to see that we were confident and brave. If we are tortured, give us the power to stand fast.” It took me awhile to finally start this book. I was looking forward to reading it, don’t get me wrong, I made the request t “Despite our earlier bravado, we were afraid. For all we knew, this could be our last day on earth. We held hands and prayed to the Lord to calm our hearts. Our greatest fear was that we would break and say things outside of God’s will. We prayed for strength. We wanted our captors to see that we were confident and brave. If we are tortured, give us the power to stand fast.” It took me awhile to finally start this book. I was looking forward to reading it, don’t get me wrong, I made the request to review this specific book. I knew why I was so hesitant though. I knew once I opened that first page and read these two women’s powerful testimony, my faith world would be rocked and challenged in incredible ways. And it was. “The realization that God is their Father and loves them unconditionally just as they are was a life-changing revelation. And because we were already in prison for promoting Christianity, we figured we might as well shout the good news of Jesus Christ from the rafters.” How easy it is to forget the freedoms we have in America. Especially the freedoms to have our own opinions, our own ideas of religion. With the recent news of Kenneth Bae, who was sentenced to hard labor in North Korea, for, what some believe, doing missionary work, and this book, it’s a wake call not only about the precious freedom we have, but of the costs for Christians in other countries. I thought this book was such a great read. I don’t remember this story too well when it was happening, but their story is definitely one to be heard. It was a fast read too. Usually non-fiction takes me a bit longer than the fiction, but I was so fascinated by the story and the people they shared prison walls with, I found myself saying “just one more chapter, just one more” late into the night. The stories are real and they are honest. They were honest about what they saw in the prisons and about the injustices of the regime, and not just for those who profess Christianity, but against their fellow women inmates. They are both examples of unwavering faith, even while facing death, and what it means to be used by God no matter the circumstance (the stories they shared about loving their fellow prisoners and results of that were touching and encouraging). They grew up and lived in a culture vastly different from the one I was raised in, but I was reminded that the Lord is bigger than culture and country. (I was given a copy for my honest review by Tyndale) booksandbeverages.wordpress.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Vellacott

    This book challenged me to think about persecuted believers around the world and how I would respond if I were faced with this situation. My full review is below http://christianmissionaryuk.blogspot... I would love to have given this 5 stars but I cannot due to some subjective experiences described by the authors that I personally disagree with. However, I would recommend this book for adult Christians; Have YOU counted the cost of coming to Christ? You will after reading this book! This book challenged me to think about persecuted believers around the world and how I would respond if I were faced with this situation. My full review is below http://christianmissionaryuk.blogspot... I would love to have given this 5 stars but I cannot due to some subjective experiences described by the authors that I personally disagree with. However, I would recommend this book for adult Christians; Have YOU counted the cost of coming to Christ? You will after reading this book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I was fascinated by this book and that is probably since it seems so many didn't like it because they felt that the two women were not Christian and didn't use enough Scripture in their writing. That is a shame. It seemed like both women were very much Christian and even went out of their comfort zone and the laws of Iran to spread the Gospel and distribute New Testaments to those who were interested in learning more about what it is to be a Christian. Unfortunately, some of the naysayers are al I was fascinated by this book and that is probably since it seems so many didn't like it because they felt that the two women were not Christian and didn't use enough Scripture in their writing. That is a shame. It seemed like both women were very much Christian and even went out of their comfort zone and the laws of Iran to spread the Gospel and distribute New Testaments to those who were interested in learning more about what it is to be a Christian. Unfortunately, some of the naysayers are also angry because the women disclosed they could speak in tongues, even though they do say not everyone gets this gifts - speaking in tongues is very much alive today, if your belief in the Lord is strong and you're open to His leading. Also the women discovered many miracles as they prayed with other women in the prison - even though God did perform some miracles not all prayers were meant with how they thought it should - as it sometimes happens. While they experienced many hardships in prison, lack of medical care for a ruptured eardrum, kidney disease, malnutrition and more they did there best not to complain. We can all attest to the fact that complaining can and does make a bad situation worse, so they tried their best to remain positive in a horrible situation. Talking, loving, sharing the Gospel and praying with the women both Muslims, Christians and those who had no faith - they wanted them to see there could be hope whether they got out of prison or not. Granted the book didn't give a lot of Scripture but since I wasn't looking for a Bible study that was okay - however I know where in the Bible to back up that miracles aren't dead and neither are the gifts of the Holy Spirit - so in that regard I'm fine with there not being a lot of Scripture although they did recall on their memory some of what they'd been able to memorize.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Judi

    This was a book I could not put down. No one should ever have to endure the kind of treatment women receive in Evin prison. So many of the women imprisoned there were unjustly imprisoned or given stiff sentences for relatively minor crimes. Despite their brutal, dehumanizing treatment in prison, the authors did not dwell on their misery; rather, even despite painful illnesses, they encouraged others, prayed for the other women, treated them kindly and told them about Jesus. They also showed grea This was a book I could not put down. No one should ever have to endure the kind of treatment women receive in Evin prison. So many of the women imprisoned there were unjustly imprisoned or given stiff sentences for relatively minor crimes. Despite their brutal, dehumanizing treatment in prison, the authors did not dwell on their misery; rather, even despite painful illnesses, they encouraged others, prayed for the other women, treated them kindly and told them about Jesus. They also showed great courage by refusing to deny their faith in Christ, even when told they could be released if they would do that. These were ordinary women who did not give up hope, but trusted in God. This is a book that illuminates the plight of women in Iran and tells how many different women from different walks of life ended up in prison. In spite of the grim realities in this book, the book is a tribute to the joy that two Christian women had and brought to others.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    So stunning. I love these stories of the massive faithfulness of God. This is very well written and hard to put down. This story is crazy, and completely God. He is in the darkest of prisons. It is literally astounding the things He does in the lives of these girls and the woman in that prison. It is clearly showing how very much God is close to those who are broken hearted.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    The incredible true story of God's providence and the faith of Marziyeh and Maryam, two Christian young women in Iran imprisoned for their faith and sharing the Gospel. Maryam and Marziyeh's lives are upturned when they are arrested on vague charges and held unlawfully for months in Evin prison. The friends and sisters in Christ take turns telling their sides of their remarkable imprisonment and how God used them to bring light to a dark place. In prison they find themselves more free to share th The incredible true story of God's providence and the faith of Marziyeh and Maryam, two Christian young women in Iran imprisoned for their faith and sharing the Gospel. Maryam and Marziyeh's lives are upturned when they are arrested on vague charges and held unlawfully for months in Evin prison. The friends and sisters in Christ take turns telling their sides of their remarkable imprisonment and how God used them to bring light to a dark place. In prison they find themselves more free to share the Gospel than on the streets of Iran, as they share their faith and pray for the other women in prison with them. A truly inspiring story of faith under the pressure of persecution, and how God used them to spread the Gospel in a dark and almost unreachable place, giving them hope, and perseverance to hold to their faith. This book was a good reminder of how God can use evil things for His glory, and of the harsh persecution of Christians in many countries today. Maryam and Marziyeh also shed light on many of the unethical practices that are considered commonplace in a predominately Islamic country, and the corruption in the legal system, as well as the plights that many women face in such cultural situations face. Overall, a must read book right up there with If I Perish by Esther Ahn Kim (if you haven't read that book either, you need too). I inspired and challenged by their faith, compassion, and passion for sharing the Gospel. I also learned so much about the Iranian culture and how Islam is very much intertwined with it. Highly recommend this unforgettable read! Books reviewed are checked out from my local library or purchased with my own money, unless otherwise noted.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Exciting, convicting read, though there were a few negatives. There was some swearing, to portray the real character of some--still, not necessary, in my opinion. There is talk of dreams and speaking in tongues, which is different than I've always been taught is how God works today. But I can't say for sure how He works in countries/situations with limited access to the Bible. Some of it may be the authors misunderstanding/misinterpreting things, some may be actual miracles of God. The women tea Exciting, convicting read, though there were a few negatives. There was some swearing, to portray the real character of some--still, not necessary, in my opinion. There is talk of dreams and speaking in tongues, which is different than I've always been taught is how God works today. But I can't say for sure how He works in countries/situations with limited access to the Bible. Some of it may be the authors misunderstanding/misinterpreting things, some may be actual miracles of God. The women teach what they call church, but I think it is to other women, and more like a Bible study. In any case, they seem to have strong and genuine faith and love for Christ, with boldness that convicts. If they so eagerly share Christ in such a land, why shouldn't we in a land of freedom?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    This is such an incredible story about two Iranian women who stood their ground serving both Christ and those around them while they were held in prison for nearly a year. They tell a lot of the stories of those whom they met and how the gospel spread because of the prayers they gave for others and the miracles seen at times inside the prison. It was a pretty good story! I like how strong they were in their faith. Both of these women alternated telling things. There were a few repetitious moment This is such an incredible story about two Iranian women who stood their ground serving both Christ and those around them while they were held in prison for nearly a year. They tell a lot of the stories of those whom they met and how the gospel spread because of the prayers they gave for others and the miracles seen at times inside the prison. It was a pretty good story! I like how strong they were in their faith. Both of these women alternated telling things. There were a few repetitious moments though which I understood why they'd repeat them, but I feel it got tired after the second time.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sheri Peddy

    Recently I had the privilege to hear the authors speak. The pastor asked what they must think when they hear Americans claim persecution. Their answer really peaked my interest, really moved me to think deeper than perhaps simply, say a biased political response. Anne Graham Lotz was intrigued the same, as you can read in the book’s Forward. I read this book while on holiday break from a Bible Study of Revelations, which I think also drew me deeper into thoughts or wisdom. It’s a good book espec Recently I had the privilege to hear the authors speak. The pastor asked what they must think when they hear Americans claim persecution. Their answer really peaked my interest, really moved me to think deeper than perhaps simply, say a biased political response. Anne Graham Lotz was intrigued the same, as you can read in the book’s Forward. I read this book while on holiday break from a Bible Study of Revelations, which I think also drew me deeper into thoughts or wisdom. It’s a good book especially for every American Christian to read. We really have no idea. The book also helped me understand how I might effect change for the son of friends whose son is held captive in Syria.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Only God 😮🙌🏻

  12. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Super encouraged by the faithful witness of these two young women. They boldly continued to witness for Christ in prison and trusted God for their protection and sustainable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cliff Harrison

    Superb, well written book. These girls went through hell in one of the worlds most demonic prisons in one of the most demonic lands. Imprisoned, not for something that could be considered a crime (Being Christian) in the western world, but only in the uncivilized dark corners of Iran. The world needs to clamp down on patriarchal societies that place females as second-class citizens and thrust them out of our civilized world. It is great to have Ms. Maryam Rostampour and Ms. Marziyeh Amirizadeh i Superb, well written book. These girls went through hell in one of the worlds most demonic prisons in one of the most demonic lands. Imprisoned, not for something that could be considered a crime (Being Christian) in the western world, but only in the uncivilized dark corners of Iran. The world needs to clamp down on patriarchal societies that place females as second-class citizens and thrust them out of our civilized world. It is great to have Ms. Maryam Rostampour and Ms. Marziyeh Amirizadeh in America where they are free and independent and enjoying their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. We all pray for Ms. Shirin Alam Hooli, their dear friend, who wasn't as fortunate and was executed by the barbarians of Iran's brutal Evin Prison. Together, we all must work to bring change and awareness to this demonic culture.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Shank

    Captive In Iran is a great Christian memoir written by Iranian Christians Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh. Despite growing up in a Muslim country, Maryam and Marziyeh both found Christ and since, have proudly proclaimed Christ in Iran. They have given out thousands of Bibles, and often have 10 or so Bibles in their backpack to give to others, sometimes near Muslim holy sites. One day, Maryam and Marziyeh are arrested for promoting Christianity, interrogated, and imprisoned. Yet, these Captive In Iran is a great Christian memoir written by Iranian Christians Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh. Despite growing up in a Muslim country, Maryam and Marziyeh both found Christ and since, have proudly proclaimed Christ in Iran. They have given out thousands of Bibles, and often have 10 or so Bibles in their backpack to give to others, sometimes near Muslim holy sites. One day, Maryam and Marziyeh are arrested for promoting Christianity, interrogated, and imprisoned. Yet, these two courageous women managed to hold fast to their faith. At times, both women drove me absolutely crazy. I admire their strong faith and courage, oftentimes they lacked wisdom. Promoting Christianity is a crime in Iran. I read a lot of WWII books, and a lot of active resistance members had to be a LOT more careful than Maryam and Marziyeh were. Diet Eman mentions in her memoir Things We Couldn't Say a lot of Christians who had big hearts and wanted to help Jews, yet oftentimes their foolishness costed many lives. That's how I felt Maryam and Marziyeh were at times - like having multiple Bibles in their backpack at a single time and keeping stacks of Christian books, music and keeping pictures of fellow Christians. The writing isn't bad, but it did seem really repetitive. Maybe it's because I'm a total WWII-junkie, but I unfortunately didn't like this as much as I thought I would. If the plot sounds interesting to you, I wouldn't hesitate recommending it though.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rod

    An incredible story of two woman in an Islamic prison for sharing the Christian Gospel. How many Christians would be willing to do this for God? Ummmmh? Not many - They'd rather sit around speaking in tongues and healing each other with promises of abundance and Holy Annointings. But real Christians know how God's glory is seen through difficult times. It's amazing how Muslims state it's okay to be a Christian, even do Christian work - but DON'T YOU DARE speak to an Islamic nation about Christian An incredible story of two woman in an Islamic prison for sharing the Christian Gospel. How many Christians would be willing to do this for God? Ummmmh? Not many - They'd rather sit around speaking in tongues and healing each other with promises of abundance and Holy Annointings. But real Christians know how God's glory is seen through difficult times. It's amazing how Muslims state it's okay to be a Christian, even do Christian work - but DON'T YOU DARE speak to an Islamic nation about Christianity and the Bible. And if you convert someone then you deserve DEATH. My question is: What is allah afraid of? Why are Muslims so afraid someone will change their Islamic beliefs? I've never seen such a cowardly religion. If Christians can convert to Islam that easily - then you can have them. Question: How many people go to Islamic countries for vacation and relaxation? that many eh?! Definitely NOT Christian women who love freedom and ministry. This book proves there is NO freedom in Islam. There is also no Peace for anyone outside of allah's demands. We must keep an eye on Islam at all times. They insist on forcing their culture on the rest of the world - and like this book shows: then everyone can be as miserable as they are. It's wonderful that these two ladies ended up in the U.S. going to school. Can't wait to meet them in Heaven.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I picked this book to better understand what Pastor Saeed is experiencing in Evin prison and after realizing the conditions, I feel incredibly sad. Some of the things that stood out to me the most: solitary confinement with barely room to lay down, 5 showers used by 150 women, frequent sewage backup issues, not having proper medication (everyone is given the same pills, pills are expired, patients are not examined or told they're lying, and they usually get worse instead of better after being to I picked this book to better understand what Pastor Saeed is experiencing in Evin prison and after realizing the conditions, I feel incredibly sad. Some of the things that stood out to me the most: solitary confinement with barely room to lay down, 5 showers used by 150 women, frequent sewage backup issues, not having proper medication (everyone is given the same pills, pills are expired, patients are not examined or told they're lying, and they usually get worse instead of better after being to the clinic), the food is horrible (bread made by the prison cooks containing bugs, plastic, etc), if you eat the prison food, you will get sick easier, not enough beds, forced to stand outside in the cold so the warden can claim the inmates have extracurricular activities, etc. Iran clearly has no qualms about imprisoning you for converting to Christianity (or any other reason for that matter). It means death for men and either life imprisonment or death for women. As I said, this book has really opened my eyes to the conditions of the prison and the oppression of the government. I would recommend the book. People should be aware. This is the same country we are negotiating with and if they can treat their own people this way...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    For all my Goodread Friends, received a kindle price reduction on this book..down to 1.99 Captive in Iran tells the story of two women who co-authored this book of their ordeal of being arrested for their Christian faith. It is a crime for Christians to share the good news of Christ to a Muslim and very looked down upon for a Muslim to convert to Christianity such as these women did. It could mean death and torture. The ironic part of their story is they led more people to Christ in prison than w For all my Goodread Friends, received a kindle price reduction on this book..down to 1.99 Captive in Iran tells the story of two women who co-authored this book of their ordeal of being arrested for their Christian faith. It is a crime for Christians to share the good news of Christ to a Muslim and very looked down upon for a Muslim to convert to Christianity such as these women did. It could mean death and torture. The ironic part of their story is they led more people to Christ in prison than when they were "free" in Iran. No one is really free in Iran. You find that out as you hear their story and the stories of others in the prison that they were held in. The gospel is well presented as it shares the bad news so that we know the good news of the Gospel. You see the complete surrender of these women as they share their faith and remain strong in a faithful God. You read about rebel hearts that are captured by lies of the Muslim faith. Do we have anything in common with this story. I say yes we do. Our hearts are hostile towards God and His ways, but we too have the same Good news of the Gospel to be totally free!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dottie Parish

    The sub-title of this book is accurate. Captive in Teheran is a remarkable story of hope and triumph - the story of two Christian women imprisoned in Teheran for 259 days. Maryam and Marziyeh are arrested for promoting Christianity in Iran – a capital offense. They are detained in deplorable conditions, interrogated endlessly without an attorney and without written charges against them. During their captivity they witness and minister to countless prisoners with greater freedom than they could o The sub-title of this book is accurate. Captive in Teheran is a remarkable story of hope and triumph - the story of two Christian women imprisoned in Teheran for 259 days. Maryam and Marziyeh are arrested for promoting Christianity in Iran – a capital offense. They are detained in deplorable conditions, interrogated endlessly without an attorney and without written charges against them. During their captivity they witness and minister to countless prisoners with greater freedom than they could on the outside! Both women also witness to the guards, court officials and judges. They will not deny Christ even if it costs them their lives. Captive in Teheran reveals the disdain for women under sharia law - the lack of integrity, justice and fairness by this Islamic country. It also shows the amazing power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of two women fully surrendered to Christ. This is an eye opening true story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Debra Brinkman

    I wanted to read this book, therefore I checked it out from the library. Then it sat. And sat. And sat. It looked depressing. I did not want to start reading it. Glad I finally bucked up and began though, as it was not depressing. Maryam and Marziyeh spent nearly nine months in prison, in Iran, because they were Christians. After their release, they eventually made it to the United States, where they ended up learning English and writing this book. Given that English is not their first (nor probabl I wanted to read this book, therefore I checked it out from the library. Then it sat. And sat. And sat. It looked depressing. I did not want to start reading it. Glad I finally bucked up and began though, as it was not depressing. Maryam and Marziyeh spent nearly nine months in prison, in Iran, because they were Christians. After their release, they eventually made it to the United States, where they ended up learning English and writing this book. Given that English is not their first (nor probably their second) language, there were a few things I could easily overlook in their writing. It was clear that their situation was horrific, but Maryam and Marziyeh were filled with hope, and it seemed clear that in spite of their fear and in spite of the harsh conditions, horrid food, and illness, they still felt the presence of God at every turn. Persecution is so very real in so many places in the world. This book put a face on some of that, and I'm glad I read it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was a captivating, compelling read, both fascinating and eye-opening to the plight of women in Iran, particularly those who are Christian and imprisoned. Mariam's and Marziyeh's shared story gives a confronting picture of a flawed and unjust 'justice' system where women have no rights and are treated without value. To see how these women withstood harsh prison conditions whilst trusting God and sharing His love with fellow prisoners was both touching and amazing. Highly recommended.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Caryn Moya

    Really excellent book. One that needs to be added to anyone's list who cares to educate themselves about oppressive regimes around the world. A must read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Inspirational and gives a graphic picture of the terribly oppressive Iranian regime but is mainly an evangelistic account.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Suzannah

    Wonderful, yet appalling, true story of faith under persecution in shariah-ruled Iran.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie Kirschenmann

    God works all things for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose. This book definitely proves this verse and gives all the glory to Jesus :) definitely recommend

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Bergkoetter

    i heard these ladies speak and am very impressed with their bravery. God is good

  26. 5 out of 5

    David Fuller

    Amazing testimony of God at work in Iran

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brandon H.

    "We've been threatened with death. That is no problem. We are not afraid of death! What we're afraid of is a life without a faith; without our Savior, Jesus Christ." - Maryam Rostampour This is a gripping account of two Christian women who were arrested and imprisoned for their Christian faith. I admired their great courage in the face of persecution and threats of death from a corrupt and merciless justice system in Iran. They loved Christ more than anything else, even more than their own lives "We've been threatened with death. That is no problem. We are not afraid of death! What we're afraid of is a life without a faith; without our Savior, Jesus Christ." - Maryam Rostampour This is a gripping account of two Christian women who were arrested and imprisoned for their Christian faith. I admired their great courage in the face of persecution and threats of death from a corrupt and merciless justice system in Iran. They loved Christ more than anything else, even more than their own lives. And they rose above their difficult circumstances to reach out and love their fellow inmates with the love of Christ. Besides the level of corruption within Iran, it was also eye-opening to learn of how women are treated in Iran. It is truly an awful place for women to live, especially if their husbands grow angry with them, they are widowed or they are arrested. I give it 4.5 stars. My only complaint was that it ended abruptly and I wanted to hear more details of their amazing story. Here are a couple of quotes from the audiobook version - "It was the first execution of someone we knew. There are no words to describe the pain and sorrow we felt. This was an act of injustice and evil beyond the power of expression. She had been a prisoner for years in a marriage that was a nightmare of abuse, forced to remain there by a law that holds a man's sexual pleasure above the most basic rights of human decency and dignity for women. This is the law of the land. She killed her husband because he attacked her and she feared for her life. There was no investigation. No attempt to collect the facts. No consideration of the horrific circumstances that caused her to commit a crime accidentally and in self-defense. Her husband wasn't murdered. She was!" - the authors speaking of a friend who was unjustly executed. "In Carage (prison in Iran) we were stripped naked, blindfolded, and put in a cold empty hall. One by one we were taken for interrogation and tortured. Some women, especially the pretty ones, were raped. Others whipped with cables. Others, including me, were beaten in the head until we had concussions and blood streaming from our noses. My MS dates back to this time. I was whipped on the soles of my feet so that I could not walk or stand for days at a time. I had buckets of scalding water poured over my head. Some of us were lead blindfolded into the execution chamber where corpses still hung in their nooses. They made us walk around inside the room for hours. When we bumped into a body, a guard would announce that person's name." - one woman prisoner describing her experience in the Iranian prison system.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janella

    The sub-title of this book is accurate. Captive in Teheran is a remarkable story of hope and triumph - the story of two Christian women imprisoned in Teheran for 259 days. Maryam and Marziyeh are arrested for promoting Christianity in Iran – a capital offense. They are detained in deplorable conditions, interrogated endlessly without an attorney and without written charges against them. During their captivity they witness and minister to countless prisoners with greater freedom than they could o The sub-title of this book is accurate. Captive in Teheran is a remarkable story of hope and triumph - the story of two Christian women imprisoned in Teheran for 259 days. Maryam and Marziyeh are arrested for promoting Christianity in Iran – a capital offense. They are detained in deplorable conditions, interrogated endlessly without an attorney and without written charges against them. During their captivity they witness and minister to countless prisoners with greater freedom than they could on the outside! Both women also witness to the guards, court officials and judges. They will not deny Christ even if it costs them their lives. Captive in Teheran reveals the disdain for women under sharia law - the lack of integrity, justice and fairness by this Islamic country. It also shows the amazing power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of two women fully surrendered to Christ. This is an eye opening true story

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jorge

    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 chur 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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carol Phelps

    Superb, well written book. These girls went through hell in one of the worlds most demonic prisons in one of the most demonic lands. Imprisoned, not for something that could be considered a crime (Being Christian) in the western world, but only in the uncivilized dark corners of Iran. The world needs to clamp down on patriarchal societies that place females as second-class citizens and thrust them out of our civilized world. It is great to have Ms. Maryam Rostampour and Ms. Marziyeh Amirizadeh i Superb, well written book. These girls went through hell in one of the worlds most demonic prisons in one of the most demonic lands. Imprisoned, not for something that could be considered a crime (Being Christian) in the western world, but only in the uncivilized dark corners of Iran. The world needs to clamp down on patriarchal societies that place females as second-class citizens and thrust them out of our civilized world. It is great to have Ms. Maryam Rostampour and Ms. Marziyeh Amirizadeh in America where they are free and independent and enjoying their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. We all pray for Ms. Shirin Alam Hooli, their dear friend, who wasn't as fortunate and was executed by the barbarians of Iran's brutal Evin Prison. Together, we all must work to bring change and awareness to this demonic culture

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