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Captive in Iran: A Remarkable True Story of Hope and Triumph amid the Horror of Tehran's Brutal Evin Prison

Captive in Iran: A Remarkable True Story of Hope and Triumph amid the Horror of Tehran's Brutal Evin Prison

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Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh knew they were putting their lives on the line. Islamic laws in Iran forbade them from sharing their Christian beliefs, but in three years, they’d covertly put New Testaments into the hands of twenty thousand of their countrymen and started two secret house churches.

In 2009, they were finally arrested and held in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran, a place where inmates are routinely tortured and executions are commonplace. In the face of ruthless interrogations, persecution, and a death sentence, Maryam and Marziyeh chose to take the radical—and dangerous—step of sharing their faith inside the very walls of the government stronghold that was meant to silence them. In Captive in Iran, two courageous Iranian women recount how God used their 259 days in Evin Prison to shine His light into one of the world’s darkest places, giving hope to those who had lost everything and showing love to those in despair.

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ISBN-13: 9781414371214
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 213,835
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Marziyeh Amirizadeh & Maryam Rostampour were born into Muslim families in Iran — Maryam in the city of Kermanshah, and Marziyeh in Rafsanjan. They both became Christians as young adults and met while studying theology in Turkey in 2005. Deciding to work together, they returned to Iran and began sharing their faith. In 2009, Maryam and Marziyeh were arrested in Tehran for promoting Christianity — a capital crime in Iran. The official charges against them were apostasy, anti-government activity, and blasphemy, for which they faced execution by hanging. They spent 259 days in Evin, perhaps the world’s most notorious prison, as many around the world prayed for their release. Following international pressure and after months of interrogation and abuse, they were freed in November 2009 and subsequently cleared of all charges. They now live near Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Foreword Anne Graham Lotz vii

Chapter 1 Nothing to Worry About 1

Chapter 2 The Guilty Girls 13

Chapter 3 The Road to Vozara 23

Chapter 4 A Sign of Honor 39

Chapter 5 Mew Friends, Old Questions 51

Chapter 6 Celebration of Faith 63

Chapter 7 Evin, Our Church 73

Chapter 8 Children of God 83

Chapter 9 Feeding the Hungry 93

Chapter 10 A Nasty Reputation 103

Chapter 11 Willing Spirit, Weary Flesh 115

Chapter 12 Fairness and Integrity 125

Chapter 13 Blindfolded and Blessed in Ward 209 139

Chapter 14 "Execute Us!" 153

Chapter 15 A Lesson in Faith 163

Chapter 16 A Different Freedom 173

Chapter 17 A Watching World 185

Chapter 18 Waiting for Hews 193

Chapter 19 Beyond Comprehension 205

Chapter 20 God at Work 215

Chapter 21 A Change of Season 225

Chapter 22 Mysterious Visitors 233

Chapter 23 Guilty As Charged 241

Chapter 24 Waiting on the Lord 253

Chapter 25 Hot What We Expected 265

Chapter 26 The Day Will Come 275

Afterword 287

Notes 289

How This Book Came to Be 291

Acknowledgments 293

About the Authors 295

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