Captive in Iran by Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh, with John R. Perry ~ Review

My Review:

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. 

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