9781414371207_p0_v2_s260x420Reviewed by Charity Lyman

Captive in Iran is a very interesting book. I am the type of person who likes to read biographies but never have I read one quite like this. In the pages of this book you will meet two young women who gave their all for a cause. Their story is so remarkable because not only did they face it without fear, but they helped others through their fears as well. Maryam and Marziyeh were two ordinary Christian women who lived out the Gospel. But they did it in an area that persecutes and imprisons Christians. So it was no surprise when they were one day arrested. But where they were taken was a different story. Horror stories abound about the Evin prison in Tehran. And yet, this was exactly where these two brave women were taken, for 259 days.

The book starts out with their arrest and then follows the account of their imprisonment. You get to hear both sides of the story as Maryam and Marziyeh take turns throughout the book telling what happened. From the very start you see how they both stood firm for their Lord, even when they were afraid and unsure of how things would turn out. Were they willing to die for him? I believe so. And this is evidenced by how they witnessed when they weren’t supposed to and told even their torturers about Christ. How much more love and compassion can you show than being kind to someone who is starving you and beating you?

This book made me re-think how I am from day to day and how much more loving I can be. Let us never forget to show Christ to those around us and be a help to those in need. And yes, even though they were in prison, they gave aid to those who needed it and showed love to their fellow prisoners. What a story is in these pages!! I believe every Christian should have a copy and read it.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Tyndale. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.