When I first heard about Captive in Iran, by Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh, I knew it would be interesting—a story of two women in an Iranian prison, jailed for their faith—but it was so much more than that. It was more than an opportunity to learn about another’s culture and how it oppresses the faith I take for granted in my own country. It was a reminder of God’s unending love, unceasing providence and extraordinary wisdom. Though the story is told through two women, I think they’d be the first to agree, it’s not their story—it’s God’s.
What did I gain from reading this account of how two women were unfairly imprisoned with no knowledge of the actual charges and no idea if they’d be executed for them? Hmmm. Let’s see …
I was inspired to maintain faith through storms, long periods of “drought” and to remember that God is always working behind the scenes.
I learned God uses all things for His glory, even in persecution.
I learned He is mightiest when all seems lost.
I learned the power of forgiveness, the power of friendship, the power of love, the power of prayer and even the power of blogging :o)!
I learned miracles happen today.
I learned not to judge others whose lives are very different from mine.
I learned what is really important in life.
I learned to appreciate freedom of religion.
I learned a lot about Iran I hadn’t known before, like the confusing laws about faith, the horrible treatment of women (sanctioned by the prevailing religious forces) and the propaganda against Christianity (like the selling of a false Christian gospel in the stores). I also learned about the “underground believers” who know the real Jesus Christ, but cannot acknowledge Him in public for fear of their safety.
Pray for these people!!!
Lastly, I learned how to evangelize. These women did not push their faith in prison, they just built friendships based on respect and trustworthiness and spoke truth when asked questions.
Read this book and pray for the people of Iran!
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