In my early teens I remember overhearing my mom and aunt periodically talking about the story portrayed in the movie, "Not Without My Daughter". My aunt lived in the Middle East at the time. I had forgotten this memory until I found the book "My Name is Mahtob: The Story that Began the Global Phenomenon Not Without My Daughter Continues". I was curious to see what Mahtob remembered and how she dealt with the trauma in her childhood.
The book is written in an easy to read style. I felt like I was sitting over a cup of tea and listening to a friend share the story of her life. My heart hurt, cried, and cheered with Mahtob as she shared the painful memories of childhood and the victorious emotional healing she has experienced. I was impressed with Mahtob's mother and her unwillingness to speak ill of Mahtob's father. Her mother was careful to instill in Mahtob a love for her Persian heritage and made sure Mahtob understood that she was free to contact her father if she so choose to. Domestic violence is an awful epidemic that seems to be prevalent in today's world. It was encouraging to read how someone has risen above the destruction of domestic violence and emerged an emotionally healthy and vibrant woman. I highly recommend you pick this book up the next time you are looking for something to read.