I hope to be able to put into words the incredible story you’ll find if you read Captive in Iran: A Remarkable True Story of Hope and Triumph Amid the Horror of Tehran’s Brutal Evin Prison by Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh. Living in America, we find such freedoms as sharing the name and love of Jesus Christ as a given. We’re not persecuted by our government for going to church or sharing our faith with someone we encounter. Even though we don’t face this difficulty, we often don’t seize the opportunities to share our faith on a regular basis.
Rostampour and Amirizadeh knew they were risking their lives in Iran though. But their love for Christ outweighed all the danger. Until the day sharing became difficult and a trip to get paperwork straightened out turned their lives upside down… or so they thought. The two young ladies were thrown into jail for an extended period of time, facing difficult situations and deplorable living conditions. Wanting to live their faith out loud, the girls made the most of their time in jail, serving the guards and encouraging those being held for any reason the government felt like.
But Rostampour and Amirizadeh’s journey didn’t end in jail. The corrupt Iranian government sent them to the notorious Evin prison, where the worst of worst criminals were sent. When given the chance to escape the horrors of prison by denying Christ, the two held strong to their faith and chose to stay locked up instead! 259 days of questioning, torment (mild compared to others), and horrible living conditions were worth it to them. Inside the prison walls, the girls had more opportunities and a wider audience to share their faith. They were able to change even the hardest of hearts, to show prostitutes, drug users, and murderers the unyielding love found in Jesus Christ!
This is a must read book! Captive in Iran will open your eyes to the injustices and corruption that plague our world. It will also encourage you to be more willing and more open to share your faith, even in the toughest of situations!