My Name is Mahtob – The story that began in the global phenomenon Not Without My Daughter continues
Written by Mahtob Mahmoody
Published at Thomas Nelson
About the book
Two decades ago, millions of readers worldwide thrilled to the story told in the international bestseller Not Without My Daughter—subsequently made into a film starring Sally Field—that told of an American mother and her six-year-old child’s daring escape from an abusive and tyrannical Iranian husband and father. Now the daughter returns to tell the whole story, not only of that imprisonment and escape but of life after fleeing Tehran: living in fear of re-abduction, enduring recurring nightmares and panic attacks, attending school under a false name, battling 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. Taking readers from Michigan to Iran and from Ankara, Turkey, to Paris, France, My Name Is Mahtob depicts the profound resilience of a wounded soul healed by faith in God’s goodness and in his care and love. And Mahmoody reveals the secret of how she liberated herself from a life of fear, learning to forgive the father who had shattered her life and discovering joy and peace that comes from doing so.
I was about 24 years old when the movie Not Without My Daughter came in theaters. I remember seeing the movie and then wanting to read the book. And recently I saw that there was a book that seemed interesting – My Name is Mahtob. At first I didn’t realize that this book was written by the child that lived the event highlighted in the movie. But as I read the description of it I was hooked. I wanted to read her perspective of the ordeal and to discover what she did since then.
The book quickly arrive at my home and I immediately started reading it. Within a week I was done but honestly the reading probably took only two days. You see I had to put the book down for a couple of days before being able to finish it. The book will give you her perspective on the visit in Iran as well as bring you in her life when they got back in America. The book is easy to read and definitively help you to better understand the stress and issues someone could experience when dealing with a parent who could appear anytime and kidnap your child.
I was impressed with the tenacity of her mom in making sure that her daughter would have an understanding that even if her dad was not the best of Iranian that not all the population was like that. They have lived dramatic months while in Iran but they were back in America… not completely safe though as you will discover if you read this book. How they both kept their calm and were able to persevere in life is beyond me. I think I would have lost my nerves more often than they did. The stress of always being in your guard and to be vigilant at all time would have drained my energies.
The book is a great biography that I recommend to anyone who have seen the movie or read the book Not Without My Daughter. I think it is nice that we discover how was life once back in America and how Mahtob has learned to deal with forgiveness and peace in her life. And unlike probably many stories of kidnapping children and moving them elsewhere around the world, this is one who finishes positively and that is encouraging to read.
My Name is Mahtob is available at your favorite bookstore, even on amazon.ca and amazon.com.
The book is also available for the Kindle and Kindle app.
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