When you hear the word “father,” do you think of someone who is loving…or angry? Someone who is pleased with you…or constantly disappointed? Someone who is always available…or someone who is too busy, preoccupied, or distant? When you think of “Father God,” what images come to mind?

 

Regardless of the type of father you grew up with—or without—it is likely that your view of God is influenced by the relationship you had with your father. Author John Bishop wants to help you discover that God is not just like your dad. Instead, God is the Father revealed in Scripture, where the truth is clear. God is a father who is always there, up close and personal, fully pleased, and completely safe.

 

Filled with biblical insight and practical tools for reflection, healing, and restoration, God Distorted will enable you to break free from the lies of the enemy and see your Heavenly Father as He truly is.

The message of God Distorted is simple but profound: No matter how good or bad your earthly father was, you haven’t truly found home until you’re in the arms of your heavenly Father. John Bishop’s message is one of hope, healing, and restoration.
- Jim Daly, predisent, Focus on the Family and author of ReFocus: Living a Life that Reflects God’s Heart

 

CLARIFYING THE DISTORTION

★★★★★
What a great book! This book aimed at anyone who had a relationship with their father (or even those who didn’t) and is serious about a relationship with the Heavenly Father. The author divides the book into three sections: 1) Our Perception: Understanding Different Daddy Types, in which the author honestly and humbly shares the story of his dad(s) and then very accurately and perceptively describes 8 different types of fathers. As I read these chapters, I kept finding myself in their pages, as both father of five children and as son. 2) God’s Perfection: Discovering the True Heavenly Father, in which the author draws from the 8 father-types to help us clear up any misconceptions that we may have about God, the Father. And finally 3)Our Reflection: Experiencing Healing and Restoration, in which the author effectively walks us through the process of accepting the Love and grace of our one true Father — God.

*Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for this review.”
– Troy Schroeder

OBTAIN A CLEARER VIEW OF GOD

★★★★★
As God is often referred to as ‘Father,’ it may be natural for people to have their view of their Earthly father affect their perception of God. As the author points out in this book, God is not merely a larger version of your Earthly fathers. After all, Earthly fathers have one or more flaws, but our Heavenly Father is perfect. This work by John Bishop is well written and a relatively easy read. I think that most fathers, and potential fathers, would be able to see themselves in one or more of the ‘daddy types’ the author describes. From this knowledge alone they could change, grow and improve. Of course, this book is not just for men, as readers may also be able to identify the type of Earthly father they had and how he shaped their lives, experiences and perception of God. Readers will also benefit from the description of the ‘True Heavenly Father.’ Bishop also tries to offer some specific application points that can be used to improve our relationship with God.
This book included a study guide and it was nice to see the author direct the reader to various passages of Scripture and not just the materials in his book.

Overall, this was a good effort by the author and I would recommend it, especially to churches that may give out a book to men on Father’s Day.

I received this book through Waterbrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books Program in exchange for a fair and honest evaluation.”
– Al Evon

WHAT DO YOU SEE

★★★★☆
God Distorted by John Bishop is a call to reevaluate our perceptions of God and His ability to be present in our lives. Bishop asserts that we should be careful not to compare our earthly father with our heavenly Father, with whom there is no comparison. This is a good read that prompts one to revisit our view of God to make sure we are seeing Him for who He really is.

I was given a copy of this book to review from Waterbrook Multnomah.”
– ileahmare nichols

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