My Name Is Mahtob: The Story that Began the Global

My Name Is Mahtob: The Story that Began the Global Phenomenon Not Without My Daughter Continues This is the story of an extraordinary young woman s triumph over life crushing trauma to build a life of peace and forgiveness Two decades ago, millions of readers worldwide thrilled to the story told in the international bestselling memoir Not Without My Daughter that told of an American mother and her young child s daring escape from an abusive and tyrannical Iranian husband and father Now the daughter returns to tell her side of the 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


About the Author: Mahtob Mahmoody

Mahtob Mahmoody is the daughter of American author Betty Mahmoody Her father was an Iranian born, American educated doctor, Dr Sayed Mahmoody In 1987, her mother published Not Without My Daughter in which she describes how she and then four year old Mahtob had been kidnapped from the United States in 1984 and imprisoned in Tehran by her Iranian husband The book sold 12 million copies and inspired the 1991 Hollywood film of the same name A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Michigan State University, Mahtob Mahmoody works in the field of mental health and is an advocate for public awareness of health and welfare initiatives She is represented by AEI Speakers Bureau and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.



10 thoughts on “My Name Is Mahtob: The Story that Began the Global Phenomenon Not Without My Daughter Continues

  1. says:

    This shocking story has been told time and time again by both Mahtob s American mother and Iranian father, and both versions are usually fueled by political and religious reasoning, citing Mahtob s father as a violent Muslim, and Mahtob s mother as a paranoid, unstable idiot but the story has never been told by Mahtob herself, who was then six years old when she was first taken to Iran a


  2. says:

    Not a great book at all Very interesting life story, and I feel for the author and her experience and the challenge of coping with trauma, but the writing is weak and at times bends to the melodramatic while also managing to paint very flat portraits of the people in her life Occasionally, too often for my taste , she marches staunchly into evangelical christian rhetoric This book seems to try an


  3. says:

    I have always found the concept of forgiveness troubling What I mean to say is, what is it exactly Does it mean it is ok what what was done Or Let bygone be bygones and lets move on together Or what I have read a number of things on the subject of forgiveness, both what it is and what it is not Most have said it is basically a cancelling of the debt, the debt you feel is owed to you as a wronged person Us


  4. says:

    This is a wonderful follow up to Betty Mahmoody s books, Not Without My Daughter and For the Love of a Child In fact, of all three books, this one is my favorite I loved reading the story from Mahtob s perspective and could hardly put it down I found it very engaging from the beginning and I went through it quickly Mahtob strikes me as a beautiful, compassionate soul who, despite all that she has gone through, see


  5. says:

    This is an amazing book It s been years since I readNot Without My Daughterby Betty Mahmoody, and I ve been haunted by it ever since It was one of those stories that you just never forget You really should, I could even say, must read that one first Especially, view spoiler as it didn t really have an ending If you ve read it, you know what I mean They were free but not safe They were home but on the run I didn t read, or


  6. says:

    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


  7. says:

    It is difficult to critique this book as it was written in such earnestness and from such a source of pain The author isn t a writer and I don t detect a ghost writer as the voice seems authentic With that in mind, I can say that this is a pretty good recounting of her remarkable story The book was given to me and that was why I happened to read it Many years ago, I had read the author s mother s book, Not Without My Daughter , which was a


  8. says:

    You can escape but are you ever free The story of Mahtob and her mother s escape from her abusive father in Iran is gripping, sad and horrific Told from Mahtob perspective as she grew up loving her father until her father changed and moved his family back to Iran Once in Iran he abused and held his wife captive until they escaped Mahtob sense of who she is quite remarkable and impressive Her mother had bestowed on her daughter a very strong identity


  9. says:

    A story about the life of Mahtob, a story about her power of forgiving her father.


  10. says:

    I am a bit biased as I read this wanting to know of her experiences in my church s synod s schools, one of which many of my relatives went to, plus she is from my home state I have not read her mother s book, but this book made me consider how I would have handled life if I had been in her shoes I am unsure I would have had the grace to forgive as she did her father, especially after the hell he put her through not only as a child but also as a college student trying


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