Captive in Iran
Maryam Rostampour & Marziyeh Amirizadeh
I can remember hearing about Maryam and Marziyeh a few years ago. I remember calls for prayer going out for these two women who were jailed in Iran simply for being Christian. I also remember thinking it was a sad story, but at the same time feeling distanced from their plight. I think that is often the case when we hear of Christians in foreign countries jailed for their beliefs. As Americans with the freedom to practice any religion we choose, I find that we have a hard time really grasping what the persecution our Christian brothers and sisters face in other countries. Captive in Iran really opened my eyes about the struggles some people face and how they deal with them.
Maryam and Marziyeh were jailed in Iran’s Evin prison, a place known for brutality. Amazingly, these two women took what man had meant for harm and truly used it for a great purpose; they saw it as the perfect opportunity to spread God’s word. Maryam and Marziyeh knew that they had nothing to lose if they shared God’s love at Evin since they were already in prison. They spread God’s love through their actions and love for people; people who said they didn’t believe in Christianity came to them for prayer and wisdom. Even after repeatedly being offered the chance to recant, Maryam and Marziyeh stood firm in their faith and did what they knew God was calling them to do. Captive in Iran is a great book to read, a wonderful account of situation the majority of us will never find ourselves in. It’s an awesome testimony and great encouragement.
If you’d like to learn more about Maryam and Marziyeh and their story, head over to Captive in Iran.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.
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