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In March 2009, Maryam and Marziyeh were visited at their flat by basiji, part of the Revolutionary Guard, and then taken in for questioning. Although not charged with the offense of being Christian, this was the reason they were arrested.
What follows is 250 nights behind bars. But rather than being a fearful, depressing book, Maryam and Marziyeh share stories of how as Christians in a Muslim prison, they were able to live out their faith, surviving questioning and deprivation, showing kindness and love to other prisoners.
True, there are stories of injustice and discrimination, especially against women that break your heart, but what comes through is hope and inspiration. I couldn’t put this book down, yet it also challenged me about our freedoms that we take for granted.
Reviewed by Trish.
The Captive in Iran is in our Adult Non-Fiction Collection. Check availability and place a hold on our Catalogue.