Not Without My Daughter
Oh, the Not Without My Daughter book and movie tears me up. This book and movie came out, in my life, at a very pivotal time for our family. It parallels some things that it is hard to explain without violating great privacy.
That Being Said
The movie and the book are quite different. The same people (for the most part) and a lot of the same scene descriptions are the same. The difference is that they placed in different parts of the movie. In addition, the escape happened in the dead of a horrific winter storm. In the movie, however, it is in the dead of heat.
I have read this book before. Alas, I will probably read it again. I can close my eyes and see the interactions of these people. My mind cannot fathom the depths of what this mother went through in Iran and then back home. They continued to struggle, even when home. This was because of fear. The threats that Dr. Mahmoody made were real and viable. He was capable.
A Part that Impresses Me
Is if you watch Betty Mahmoody or Mahtob Mahmoody’s interviews, you see them recount the events. Yet, they seem to have peace. They talk about forgiveness, yet caution. Also, you will hear Mahtob (in her book My Name is Mahtob) that she states Betty never talked ugly about her father.
In fact, she reminded Mahtob of the “daddy” she knew growing up. She told her the things that they did together. Also, she told her daughter, as she got older, that she was free to choose to talk to him. Communicate. That it would be okay because he loves Mahtob and Betty never doubted that.
In a Time
Where their safety was still uncertain (until Moody’s death), they were both able to forgive. In a beautiful way, they were able to enjoy the memories of what was…before Iran.
Also, their reliance on Jesus through it all. That is perseverance. They have taken tragedy and turned it into God’s glory.
My next book is To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m almost done with it. This is a classic book that I have read several times. Yet, I turn to it often because it is so good! What books are you reading?