My Name is Mahtob

Finished My Name is Mahtob by Mahtob Mahmoody.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

The daughter at the center of the international bestseller and film Not Without My Daughter finishes the story that captivated the world: held hostage in Iran, escape over the mountains, growing up in fear of kidnapping, battling deadly disease, and leaning on the sustaining power God’s goodness.

Two decades ago, Not Without My Daughter (a global phenomenon made into a film starring Sally Field) told of the daring escape of an American mother and her six-year-old child from an abusive and fanatical Iranian husband and father. Now the daughter tells the whole story, not only of her imprisonment and escape but of life after fleeing Iran: living in fear of re-abduction, battling recurring nightmares and panic attacks, taking on an assumed name, surviving life-threatening illness—all under the menacing shadow of her father.

This is the story of an extraordinary young woman’s triumph over life-crushing trauma to build a life of peace and forgiveness. Moving from Michigan to Tehran, from Ankara to Paris, Mahtob reveals the profound resilience of a wounded soul healed by her faith in God’s goodness and his care and love for her.”

So this is almost a sequel of sorts to Not Without My Daughter, from Mahtob’s perspective.  If you’ve ever wondered about what happened to Betty and Mahtob Mahmoody after the events of that book/movie, this is for you.

You may think you know the whole story just from reading (or watching) Not Without My Daughter, but not surprisingly, Mahtob’s story is different from Betty’s.  (Obviously, right? Because who doesn’t see things differently as a child than as a grownup?)  It’s bigger value, though, is in letting us know what happens after they get back to the states and about the rest of their lives up to this point.

It’s also (as you might expect) an incredibly inspiring story.  It’s incredible to think of what the two of them survived, especially in light of the fact that they both seem to be incredibly kind, giving people.



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