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Krish Kandiah – The Greatest Secret: How being God’s Children Changes Everything

Hodder and Stoughton ISBN 9781529374988 191 pages £12.99

Sometimes in our lives we need help to see things more clearly. If it is our natural eyesight, we might need to go to Specsavers, but if it is our spiritual vision, we need a different kind of lens.

Krish Kandiah suggests that we see the Christian life through the lens of adoption; this opens up a vista that provides a transforming focus for the whole of our discipleship. That vista includes the way we view prayer, mission, the Bible, worship, justice, suffering and holiness. What gives this exploration of adoption into God’s family such poignancy is the author’s own experience as a foster carer and as a parent of an adopted child.

Incisive biblical insights are combined with useful interaction with attachment theory, vivid personal examples and wise reflective applications to everyday life.

The book ends with an epilogue that contains a touching personal letter to the author’s adopted daughter. Using the story of the Prodigal Son, Kandiah speaks about learning about being adopted from the “outstretched arms” of the father in the story, which he has experienced in new light through the outstretched arms of his daughter.

The hardest part of the book for me is reading about the difficult life experience of the author that was the catalyst for the book. I wonder at times whether too much is disclosed there; yet the experience has clearly not been wasted but has been poured into helping others find a place of security in an uncertain world.

This is a helpful book for reminding us of how we can strengthen our faith by experiencing God as our Father, and how we can mirror that relationship in reaching out to others.

John Woods is pastor of Lancing Tabernacle in West Sussex

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