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What made the experience of listening to Captive in Iran the most enjoyable?
This is a inspirational listen (read) that I believe most anyone will be deeply moved by. These two incredible women are sharing their faith in Iran when they are arrested and put into prison. This is their journey, in detail, including many stories of the other women they share their imprisonment with. They continue to share their faith inside the prison, with the other women and the guards. I loved listening and was moved to tears at points. This made me ponder about what I would do in the same situation? They could have denied their faith and been released at any point, but refused to deny Christ. I'm a Christian and felt like these women were anointed by God to share their faith with all these people. I loved listening to this but believe even those who aren't Christians will also be blessed by reading this story. This is one that I will encourage my friends and family to read or listen to. It is wonderful.
What did you like best about this story?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Yes - when these women prayed for people and had their prayers answered and when others made commitments to Christ
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Two iranian women were imprisoned for converting to Christianity, and for 'proselytizing their faith in Jesus Christ. They were sent to the most horrifying prison in Teheran, where the facilities were indescribably filthy and overcrowded. Maryam and Marzilyah were friends who met met at a Christian conference in Turkey, and struck up a friendship. They shared a flat together in Teheran, and took every opportunity to speak about their faith to others, and this drew the attention of the police.
Prison became a further opportunity to speak of their faith, and their behaviour and the kindness they showed to both fellow prisoners, and to their guards, earned them great respect. Inmates would come to them to request that they pray for them, and the faith that the ladies had in Jesus Christ became renown in the prison. in spite of constant interrogation, and the urge to compromise their story in order to be released, they refused.
By God's grace, and in response to pressure from the overseas news media - they were released after nine months. Both ladies were reluctant to leave the friends they had made in the prison, where they had shared their sorrows and their hopes for a better future. Their incarceration taught them grace that they would never have developed without those experiences. They now live in the United States
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Their account is moving and as a Christian very challenging.
Well written and well narrated.
I want to say I loved this book but I am not sure that is the correct description. I was certainly very moved by an incredible account of faithfulness to God and their love to fellow prisoners. This is a very inspiring story and the narration is superb.
A unique looking into a world I never knew excited. The conviction of these women, their strength, compassion & humility is inspiring. A must read/listen.
To Maryam & Marziyeh thank you for sharing your story with the world.
The story is great. However, I couldn't get past the 5th chapter (although I tried several times) because I was so irritated by the narrator. She is narrating a woman from a Muslim background but has terrible pronunciation of Muslim and Iranian words (e.g. "muzzlim" for Muslim and "koo-rahn" for Quran.) I found myself focusing more on the narrator's flaws than the story. She overly emphasizes her words as though she is reading to children and her accent grated me (is she Canadian or near that area?) . The narrator would be better suited to read American children's books. I am refunding this audio edition because of the narrator.
I plan to buy the written version of the book however as the story was so intriguing, courageous and full of faith. I encourage you to also buy the written version.