Captive In Iran Paperback

A Remarkable True Story of Hope Amid the Horror of Tehran's Brutal Evin Prison

by Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh

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Chilling true story of two Christian Iranian women's fight for survival in one of the world's most notorious prisons

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‘Captive In Iran’ is the chilling true story of two Christian Iranian women’s fight for survival in one of the world’s most notorious and brutal prisons, Evin.

The daring pair had been breaking Islamic laws for years – by sharing their Christian faith. They had been handing out New Testaments in the major cities of Iran, setting up secret churches and evading the police having almost been caught several times. But it was only a matter of time before their activities caught up with them.

In 2009 they were captured by the ‘Basiji’ (the Iranian Government’s militiamen). Maryam & Marziyeh were stripped of all their official documents, condemned to a place of torture and sentenced to death by hanging. But in the face of interrogation and intimidation something remarkable happened: they started a church.

In ‘Captive In Iran’, the two women retell their experience of how God used their 259 days in Evin Prison to reverse the effects of darkness. By showing love to those in despair and hope to those who had lost everything, they shone an amazing light into one of the world’s darkest places.

About the Authors

Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh were born into Muslim families in Iran. 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 were sentenced to 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 in the United States.

Captive In Iran by Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh was published by Tyndale House in April 2013. The ISBN for Captive In Iran is 9781414383040.

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Embark on a chilling journey inside one of the world’s darkest and most dangerous places: Evin, the notorious Tehran prison. Here, prisoners are routinely tortured, abused, and violated. Executions are frequent and sudden. But for two women imprisoned for their Christian faith—Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh—this hell on earth was a place of unlikely grace as they reflected God’s love and compassion to their fellow prisoners and guards. Against all odds, Evin would become the only church many of them had ever known.

In Captive in Iran, Maryam and Marziyeh recount their 259 days in Evin. It’s an amazing story of unyielding faith—when denying God would have meant freedom. Of incredible support from strangers around the world who fought for the women’s release. And of bringing God’s light into one of the world’s darkest places—giving hope to those who had lost everything, and showing love to those in despair.


Chapter 1: Nothing to Worry About
Chapter 2: The Guilty Girls
Chapter 3: The Road to Vozara
Chapter 4: A Sign of Honour
Chapter 5: New Friends, Old Questions
Chapter 6: Celebration of Faith
Chapter 7: Evin, Our Church
Chapter 8: Children of God
Chapter 9: Feeding the Hungry
Chapter 10: A Nasty Reputation
Chapter 11: Willing Spirit, Weary Flesh
Chapter 12: Fairness and Integrity
Chapter 13: Blindfolded and Blessed in Ward 209
Chapter 14: “Execute Us!”
Chapter 15: A Lesson in Faith
Chapter 16: A Different Freedom
Chapter 17: A Watching World
Chapter 18: Waiting for News
Chapter 19: Beyond Comprehension
Chapter 20: God at Work
Chapter 21: A Change of Seasons
Chapter 22: Mysterious Visitors
Chapter 23: Guilty As Charged
Chapter 24: Waiting on the Lord
Chapter 25: Not What We Expected
Chapter 26: The Day Will Come

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“Tell us want we want or we will beat you. You might as well tell us now and save yourself.”
“Would we be in here a day, a year? Were our lives in danger?”
“Evin Prison, the dreaded hellhole of Tehran was now our church.”

“Our book is called ‘Captive In Iran’. It is our story of being unjustly sentenced to Evin Prison, one of the most notourious prisons in Iran, for our Christian faiths. Furthermore, it is about the violations of human rights and the story of many women who were the victims of the Iranian Government.”

“The day that we got arrested, I got a call from a stranger in the morning. He had some questions about my car documents and asked me to go to the police station. They took all my documents, hand cuffed me and they told me “you are under arrest for being a Christian and evangelizing.”

“We were afraid. For all we knew this could be the last day on earth. We held hands and prayed to the Lord to calm our hearts. Our greatest fear we would break and say things out of his will. We prayed for strength, we wanted our captures to see we were confident and brave. If we are tortured, give us the power to stand fast in our faiths.”

“There are people in prison that nobody can hear their voices and they need our help. We promised some of our friends in prison we would be a voice for them.”

“We must be responsible for those who are in persecution and participate in their suffering. We are sure that God had a plan for many women there and as we were talking to them and praying for them we could see the changes on their lives and it was so encouraging for us and it make a great impact in our lives.”

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Details for Captive In Iran

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherTyndale House (April 2013)
Number of Pages296
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4058602
Page last updated 25th September 2014
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