I personally liked this book. Why? Because it was about a man who wanted to goto Iran and share the Gospel with a particular group of people, but instead he got to witness to the Iranians. He was arrested for not having a particular stamp in his passport so they took his passport from him and his friend (it's illegal for any non-citized not to have their passport). They told him he had to travel back into the city to get is passport. Well as he was in the office trying to retrieve his passport with the help of the African Embassy he was then thrown into prison, and abused for "not telling the truth". From there he was transferred to the highest of all high security prisons in iran, which is where the guards seen Christ through his example and they even began to talk about Jesus and His true purpose in this life. I recommend this book for all ages, and is a book which will make you want to jump into an airplane and share the Gospel with people who are hungry for the truth. This book is a MUST READ! It will keep you on the end of your seat! (I read it in about 2-3 days)
This volume is part of YWAM's series of International Adventures. Baumann, holding dual American/Swiss nationality, was falsely accused of espionage by the Iranians and jailed from January to March of 1997. Imprisoned in Iran seems to be an accurate reconstruction of these events and, unlike Joly's Tomorrow You Die (1997), Baumann does not appear to be over-sensationalizing his experience. As Floyd McClung indicates in a Foreward (at pp. 7-8), Baumann does not write as if he is a Christian hero, and his book is all the more effective for this. Similarly, it is clear that the author does not divide Iranians into the "saved" and the "unsaved"; his nuanced approach gives his prison memoir special credibility.
While Imprisoned in Iran is particularly pertinent for its Christian perspective, it also serves as a useful account of the attitude of Iranians toward Westerners. Baumann has provided a record of his three-month ordeal that is destined to stand the test of time.
Samuel Pyeatt Menefee