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Imprisoned in Iran: Love's Victory over Fear by Dan Baumann

Dan Baumann is a YWAM (Youth with a Mission) missionary in Turkmenistan, born and raised in America but holding a Swiss passport.  When he has an opportunity to visit Iran with the hope of finding additional Turkmen to witness to, he runs into obstacles that eventually land him in Iran's most infamous prison--a place from which few leave.

He has a choice to make when he is arrested and questioned.  Will he be honest about his reasons for visiting Iran?  He knows that doing so could seal his death.  But because of his honesty, unexpected things happen.

Duane Litfin, president of Wheaton College writes, "Dan Baumann's harrowing experiences in Iran were the stuff of nightmares.  Yet his is a story of faith and courage, and of God's protection.  This detailed account has the power to encourage many in the midst of their own trouble to abandon themselves, as Dan did, to the providential care of the Lord."

I hope I could be as courageous as the author if I ever faced the sort of thing he did.


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About the Author


I'm married (35 years in December 2008) with four grown sons. I love my city (Winnipeg) and my country (Canada) and promote them both to whoever will listen. God (through Jesus Christ) is the biggest part of my life. I am learning to let him take control of all areas--though I do better at this some times more than others.

I have written a book that's recently been published about part of my journey with God. In it I tell how God confronted me with the same-sex attraction issues I've struggled with all my adult life and how he led me through them to a deeper and more meaningful relationship with him. God is amazing—his forgiveness, his love, his movement in our lives when we allow him and so much more. I suspect God will never run out of things to teach me or ways to make me grow and that’s a good thing (though often very painful).

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Reviews of Searching for Love

If you have read the book, I would love to hear your thoughts on it. You may e-mail me at or post them in the comments section below.

A Real Testimony
I finished your book. A real testimony to what God does for us.
Leona March 3, 2009
I Had Tears Coming

I sat down to read it about a week later and ended up finishing it the same night. At first I admit I was a little bored and thought that the whole book was about a battle all in your mind, but as I continued reading this creeping thought came over me of a different...struggle in my own life, that I would never in my right mind have shared with anyone accept maybe God. I've mentioned your book to a few people because it stirs up age-old controversies that I have myself argued and wondered about, namely about whether or not homosexuality can be cured or just managed like alcoholism--you just have to stay away from temptation. I noticed at the end of your book that your struggle story …