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Summary: Maryam and Marziyeh became Christians in 2005 and couldn’t keep it to themselves. They handed out Bibles to those who asked for one and spoke with those who asked about Christ. The problem? They lived in Iran where it was (and still is) illegal to share your faith if it isn’t Islam. The girls continued sharing their faith and meeting with their house churches until one day in 2009. Maryam and Marziyeh were arrested and eventually sent to Evin Prison in Tehran where they spent 259 days. While there though, they were able to reach many more people for Christ, some who may not have been reached otherwise. A modern-day Joseph experience where “You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result–the survival of many people.” (Gen. 50:20, HCSB)
Review: One word – WOW!
I know Evin Prison has been in the news recently because of Pastor Saeed. If you want a glimpse into prison life there, at least on the women’s side, I urge you to read Captive in Iran. The strength these ladies had, despite their treatment, can’t be explained any other way than God. Maryam and Marziyeh’s experience is moving and thought-provoking. We’re not put in jail for our beliefs here in the U.S. (at least not yet, who knows what the future holds) so it’s easy to say “Oh yeah, I’d stand behind my faith!”. But would we really? Would I really? When faced with questioning, torture, and possibly even death, would I stand firm?
I’m still having a hard time coming up with words to review this book. I loved it, which will probably sound weird, but it was awesome to read about the power of God in their lives. And it was enlightening to read just how the process works in Iran. I know people are probably going to say “Yeah well that’s from their perspective, that’s not how it really works. They’re just trying to make the government look bad.” To which I have to say, they lived it and have a better idea of how it works than anyone who hasn’t experienced it. Throughout the book they never spoke with resentment toward their captors, and that’s amazing given their experience.
Please, I encourage you to read Captive in Iran. Share it with your friends. Give it to your pastor. Read it in a small group (there’s a great discussion guide available as a PDF). Read it, if not to prepare for the possible, to educate yourselves and others. Be inspired to live fully for God, no matter what the circumstance.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free through the Tyndale Blog Network, no other compensation was received. All thoughts are my own.