The Unfolding Design of My World: Pilgrimage to Christianity.
Author: Dehqaniv Tafti, H. B.
Most people do not quickly identify Anglicanism with Iran. Anglicanism is identified with – and sometimes against – England; it is also sometimes identified with Africa and, more broadly, the so-called “Global South”. Yet, until the Iranian Revolution, Anglicanism maintained a peaceful presence in Iran for nearly 150 years. H. B. Dehqani-Tafti’s The Unfolding Design of My World: A Pilgrim in Exile is the late bishop of Iran’s autobiographical reflection upon his life and ministry both before and after the Iranian Revolution. The narrative, which begins slowly, becomes a gripping read in the second half of the book as Dehqani-Tafti records the growth in Iran of anti-colonial sentiment and a failed assassination attempt upon his own life; it turns a deeply emotional corner when he recounts the assassination of his son, Bahram, and the experience of ministering in exile to the Anglicans in his care. Along the way, Dehqani-Tafti offers numerous theological reflections, particularly on evangelism, missions, and the relationship of tradition and culture. Upon completion, The Unfolding Design of My World is a book that commands continued and sustained reflection upon both the theological issues raised in the text and the genuinely inspiring witness of Dehqani-Tafti and his family.