God is Stranger Paperback

What Happens When God Turns Up?

by Krish Kandiah

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Challenging the inherited assumptions that have been held tight for centuries, God is Stranger pulls the rug on what you thought you knew of God. 

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God is Stranger

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  • For anyone who wants their faith to be shaken into meaningful action
  • Do you dare to change how you see God, and how life can't stay the same afterwards?
  • Inspired into serving God in the world, God is Stranger is a doorway to an active faith
Shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey prize 2019. 

Looking to change your faith for the better? God is Stranger is a book that will do just that. It is a book that is a call to action, a challenge to your faith, and a revolutionary upheaval of every assumption you ever held about God: all routed in one, uncompromising question:

So you think you know God?

Taking a fresh look at Bible passages he thought he knew inside out, Krish Kandiah was struck by the uncomfortable recognition that when God turns up he seems to be much more likely to startle or frighten us, even start a fight on a dark night, than to sit down for a cosy chat. This God seems like a stranger. The one certainty seems to be that he is not like us.

Wrestling with these Bible stories, Krish uncovers the truth of a God whose very unpredictability, his challenging strangeness, is the strongest indication of his real presence. We long for a tame God who will do just what we ask, and are disappointed when he doesn't turn up. The truth is, God could be right in front of us and we don't see him, because he's not who we think he is.

The greatest challenge of our faith is to accept and come to know this stranger God as he truly is, for only then when will we equipped to see him at work in the world around us and love the stranger God has put next to us - the neighbour who might be from anywhere in the world, of any religion, the downtrodden or our oppressor: all are in need of God's love and it is us that God has chosen us to share his love with them.

This is the strange truth of our faith - that it is only when we are ready to wrestle with God's strangeness to us that we will be able to see his kingdom advance among us.

God is Stranger by Krish Kandiah was published by Hodder & Stoughton General Division in April 2017 and is our 13624th best seller. The ISBN for God is Stranger is 9781473648906.

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Foreword by Justin Welby


1. Adam and the Stranger

The God who turns up only to drive us away

2. Abraham and the Stranger

The God who turns up out of the blue

3. Jacob and the Stranger

The God who turns up to pick a fight

4. Gideon and the Stranger

The God who turns up way too later

5. Naomi and the Stranger

The God who doesn't turn up at all

6. David and the Stranger

The God who used to turn up

7. Isiah and the Stranger

The god who turns life upside down

8. Ezekiel and the Stranger

The God who turns up the volume

9. Mary and the Stranger

The God who turns up in all the wrong places

10. You and the Stranger

The God who turns up the heat

11. Jesus and the Stranger

The God who turns up as good as dead

12. Cleopas and the Stranger

The God who turns up in the end





'This is an urgent, powerful and prophetic book that has the potential to change your life forever. Full of passion, biblical insight and real-world application, it demands not just to be read but to be acted on!' - Revd Canon J. John

'Be warned: this book could seriously affect your view of yourself, of the world and of God - I highly recommend it to you!' - Paula Gooder, Bible Society

'Has God become as familiar and forgettable as a fridge-magnet? That's the danger Krish Kandiah faces up to in this wonderfully readable and very challenging book. Bible stories come to life as Krish tells them afresh, richly illustrated with personal experience and social relevance, and in each case the living God turns up - strange, dangerous, and, like Aslan, not safe but good.' - Chris Wright, Langham Partnership

'An important and timely book from someone who lives out its message in the spheres of politics, church and (most important of all) his own family home.' - Pete Greig, 24-7 Prayer International

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Details for God is Stranger

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherHodder & Stoughton General Division (April 2017)
Number of Pages256
Thickness27 mm
Height234 mm
Width153 mm
Product Code4456127
Page last updated 20th April 2019
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