I just finished Imprisoned in Iran, by Dan Baumann.
It’s the autobiographical story of a Christian aid worker and evangelist who was captured, interrogated, imprisoned, and beaten in Iran’s notorious Evin prison in Tehran.
Baumann’s not a hero – he’s an ordinary, everyday guy with fears and worries just like anyone else. And during his imprisonment he became so discouraged and halucinatory he tried to kill himself.
But through the lows of prison, the beatings, the lack of food, and all the mistreatment, he both grew closer to his God, and witnessed first-hand God’s power in protecting him … even to the point of converting at least one of Evin prison’s guards to Christianity.
Love is the first commandment, and that’s what Baumann tried to practice. And that’s what so confused the guards and interrogator. The interesting thing is that Allah is not a merciful or loving God … so the Muslim men had difficulty understanding when Dan told them he had been commanded by God (in the Bible) to “love his enemies.”
It was an attractive message for them – and I hope it continues to be that to as many as read the book.