God Passes By is the only book written by Shoghi Effendi (although many of his letters have been gathered into book form). It comprises a dense outline of the first century of the Bahá’í Faith. As such, it represents a unique phenomenon -- an interpretation of the principles of a historical period. The book was first published in 1944 and is considered to be one of the most important works of Bahá’í literature. It covers the period from the declaration of the Báb in 1844 to the first centenary of the Bahá’í Faith in 1944.
God Passes By stands as a formidable historical record, penned by Shoghi Effendi, chronicling the first 100 years of the Faith's unfolding narrative, interweaving the spiritual principles that emerged during this era.
It offers a profound interpretive lens, crafted by the Guardian, that guides Bahá’ís in perceiving the tumultuous yet transformative progression of their religion through a century of trials and triumphs.
Authored by Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Faith, the book epitomizes his stewardship in elucidating the Faith's early epochs and pivotal moments, serving as an exemplar of his interpretive and historiographical acumen.
The book meticulously delineates events from the Báb's declaration in 1844 till the centenary of 1944, encapsulating a century of Bahá’í evolution, challenges, and milestones.
Indeed, it's more than mere chronicle; it is a perspective-rich interpretation that distills foundational principles governing the Faith's formative century, crafted by an authoritative Bahá’í figure.
Uniquely, it is the singular book-length work by the Guardian himself, amalgamating history with divine philosophy, imbibing the narrative with spiritual insight and Guardian-sourced analysis.
Leveraging his exclusive mantle as Interpreter, Shoghi Effendi imbues 'God Passes By' with authoritative insights, effectively delineating the Faith's trajectory and elucidating its doctrinal substratum.
It is a veritable compass for understanding the Faith's journey, regarded by Bahá’ís as an essential narrative that enriches their grasp of the historical and spiritual context of their beliefs.