My Name Is Mahtob

My Name Is Mahtob: The Story that Began in the Global Phenomenon Not Without My Daughter Continues immediately caught my interest. I'd heard of Not Without My Daughter (the book and the movie), but had never read it or seen the movie. I did, however, know the general gist of the story and was very intrigued that the daughter of "Not Without My Daughter" was now grown and had written a book detailing her unique perspective of what had happened during her childhood. The book description reads:

"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."

My Name Is Mahtob immediately drew me in on the first page. The writing is easy to read and compelling. I felt like Mahtob was very open and honest in sharing the events she went through and how they affected her life from childhood up until the present day. I loved getting the unique perspective of the child in this difficult situation. Mahtob pulled back the curtain and gave us an intimate look at what her life was really like and how she really felt. I'm very impressed with the healing she has gone through and am so happy she has managed to create a good life for herself after going through such a traumatic childhood. Reading this book has piqued my interest in reading Not Without My Daughter - it's definitely going on my TBR list! I highly recommend this book.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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