Guli Francis-Dehqani was born in Isfahan, Iran, to a family who were part of the tiny Anglican Church established by 19th century missionaries. Her father, a Muslim convert, became the first indigenous Persian bishop.
As the Islamic Revolution of 1979 swept across the country, church properties were raided, confiscated or closed down. Guli's father was briefly imprisoned before surviving an attack on his life, which injured his wife.
Soon after, whilst he was out of the country for meetings, Guli's 24 year-old brother, Bahram, a university teacher in Tehran, was murdered. No one was ever brought to justice and the family were advised to leave Iran. Guli was 14. They eventually settled in England with refugee status.
Drawing on the riches of Persian culture and her own dramatic experience of loss of a homeland, Guli offers memorable and perceptive reflections on Jesus' seven final sayings from the cross, opening up for Western readers fresh and arresting insights from a Middle Eastern perspective.