Friday, March 11, 2016

My Name is Mahtob by Mahtob Mahmoody - A Book Review

In 1991 the movie 'Not Without My Daughter' (starring the talented Sally Fields) was released in theatres which brought an awareness to the shocking true story of Betty Mahmoody and her daughter Mahtob. Supposedly on a two week vacation to her husband's homeland of Iran, they were held captive there by her husband until they were able to escape. If you've seen the movie, you'll want to follow up with this book for a better understanding of what transpired during the ordeal.
The book is from daughter Mahtob's perspective as she recalls with frightening details their time held against their will, the stress filled days of the escape and living in fear of being found when back in the United States.
Although this experience had a profound effect on her emotionally and socially Mahtob learned to love and forgive her father for what he done, particularly the abusive treatment of her mother. Accomplished without actually reconciling with him, it also gave her a better understanding to her Persian roots.
As a young adult Mahtob had to deal with a rapidly progressing autoimmune disease causing her to question God's purpose and yet it was strong religious convictions that helped her believe in God's bigger plan. With good family support and a holistic approach to her disease she was rewarded with amazing results and recovery.
I didn't want to put this book down, it was so well written and inspiring, not what I expected. As we see the author continually question her resilience, it was heart warming to find out the book ultimately became the closure for setting herself free.
I wish to thank BookLookBloggers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book, the thoughts and opinions expressed in the review are my own.  


  1. Thank you for the very interesting review, Judith!
    I had heard of this story (but never saw the film). Knowing life is not black-and-white (and not knowing the details), I however think that an abusive treatment of somebody would be something I wouldn't be willing to forgive.
    Surely healing is better than hurting though.
    Have a lovely weekend! xx

  2. My dearest Judith,
    I also know this story but I haven't watched the film and this book is new to me, so I thank you so much for the lovely review, inviting me to this reading !

    Sending blessings of joy on your weekend
    with love and thankfulness


  3. I have not heard of the book but the movie is one that remains with you for years after seeing it. It was so well done. I should look for the book to read. Thanks for the review.

  4. I love finding new inspiring books...thanks Judith!

  5. This looks like a book I will definitely enjoy! Thanks for sharing

  6. I remember the movie and the situation that brought the attention that resulted in the film. I will probably look for the book, a you say that it is well-written. Here on the island there is a mother whose three children were taken by their father for a European holiday. He whisked them off to somewhere in the Persian Gulf and the situation is very, very sad.

  7. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. I am adding it to my list. Thanks Judith!

  8. I don't remember ever seeing this movie, Judith, but I'm sure I'd enjoy reading the book, as I always like the books better. Thanks for recommending it.

  9. I have not heard of this story nor the movie, though I know of a number like it. Should be plenty enough evidence of what has been going on for some time. Don't marry a man from such a culture would seem to be the first piece of advice. God is so good to bring healing for this young woman.

  10. I remember the movie. I'd love to read this book. Thanks for sharing this review.

  11. This does indeed seem an excellent book, thanks for sharing the review.

    All the best Jan

  12. Really wonderful impressions i found on your blog!
    Happyyyyy that i found you.
    Nice greetings from austria your new follower

  13. My favorite books are non fiction, so I will add this book to my reading list, Judith. The story sounds so interesting and compelling.

  14. Sounds like she underwent tremendous stress. I'm glad she is doing better.

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