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.
The authors' Christian evangelism in Iran caused them to suffer unimaginable dimensions of persecution. Iranian law lets people openly practice their religion, but it is a crime to convert others from Islam. They were arrested in 2009 and spent 259 days in Evin Prison among some of the worst conditions and with Iran's worst criminals. "The filth, bad food, poor medical care, and lack of exercise and fresh air in prison made it practically impossible to stay healthy." Their story became worldwide news on the Voice of America, Radio Farda, and the Internet. The case was brought before the United Nations and the Vatican got involved. A prayer vigil commenced in front of the Iranian embassy in London. Even while imprisoned, Rostampour and Amirizadeh continued to freely profess their faith. The women they meet in Evin strengthen their faith and inspire the reader. Good luck or a series of miracles occur: because of court mistakes, the charges are dismissed and the two women leave Iran and now live in Atlanta. This is a powerful story of Christian courage that will appeal to anyone struggling with faith.
I enjoyed this book immensely and learned much about the travesty regarding the treatment of women in Iran and the lack of rights and freedom they experience in this repressive regime. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning what true persecution of Christians looks like.
Captive in Iran
A powerful story of two women who would not renounce their faith, even in the face of death. But, it is so inspiring and moving because they took EVERY opportunity to share the hope of Jesus Christ with everyone they encountered while imprisoned. Challenged my faith in new ways!!