In essence, these people are like anyone else -- they have feelings and emotions that run deep. But they have an uncommon commitment: "...they love not their lives unto the death" (Revelation 2:11). How are they different from you and me? That depends on our level of commitment.
Each of their stories is unique, yet one mutual thread is evident throughout -- they would not be silent concerning their devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Check out the sequel: They Would Not Be Moved!
SUMMARY: They Would Not Be Silent by Harvey Yoder