Book Recommendation

Rising Heat in Tehran

I would like to recommend this book written by a missionary who freely converted Muslims to Christ in Iran between 1974 and 1979. That year, Ayatollah Khomeini made his triumphal entry into his homeland, created a constitution that said only an imam could lead the country, and declared it now was the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Author Don Petty worked there with an American company, so supported himself and his wife and children.

By the time the Pettys left three years later, they had built up a congregation of 120 Christians in Tehran.  Most of the book is about the members and their conversions.  They are wonderful stories of courage.  Toward the end of the book, he speaks of the riots and American companies being forced to leave.  This is what he wrote:

“Trying to see the future seemed futile on that airplane, but my memories of what I was leaving in Iran were real and remained dominatingly vivid.  Behind me was the land of Persia, mighty kingdom in the days of Cyrus and Darius, Esther and Daniel, a land invaded by Alexander the Great.  I was leaving behind the fruit of my work, some newly converted souls.  My minuscule part in the great plan of God to “gather souls” for spiritual purposes and life eternal, was closing as far as teaching the Gospel of Christ among the Iranian people.”

I hear rumors from many sources that the underground church in Iran is still flourishing.

You can order it from….

  • World Evangelism Publications
  • PO Box 72
  • Winona, MS, 38967
  • USA
  • Phone:  662-283-1192
  • email:

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