This book is excellent in dealing with "root" issues. It boils down to the utmost importance of a father and a mother but the father truly sets the tone of life for his children. If your own father is distant, angry, abusive in your life you are paralyzed emotionally to "accept" the truth that God actually does love you. You cannot actually believe that God, whom you do not see, can love you when your father, whom you can see, hear and touch, treats you totally opposite of what you are being told God is like. I found this book to help uncover the "root" of problems and not just "surface" issues which cause you disbelief in what the Bible teaches about God. I have shared this book with a teacher who helps women dealing with the emotions of abortion and is now planning on teaching with her husband men who struggle with very emotional issues of their lives. Husband and wife parents, especially the father, has an awesome responsibility before God on how he nurtures and treats his sons and daughters. If we can say "daddy" and feel loved and respected by our earthly father we then can say "Abba Father" and know we are loved and respected by our Creator. Excellent teaching!
When one's life has been destroyed by an earthly father, it is a blessing to learn of the Best Love available to all. Upon learning of this Best Love, you will come to know and trust the God of All. I would recommend this book to anyone who has not had a godly loving father.
I've been reading God Distorted for about 2 months (off and on) and let me just start off by telling you this book is a blessing from the Lord. He has been using it to unveil parts of my heart that have been broken and in need of healing from growing up without a father active in my life. (But God the Father has been active in my life since before I was born. :) )
John Bishop tells the story of himself as a child and what growing up without a father did to his image of God the Heavenly Father. He then goes on to share his testimony of how God has helped him to get through his fears, anxieties, and hurts and how healing has come.
John is a very real and very personal author and I love that about his writing. He doesn't sugarcoat a lot and isn't afraid of stating the truth knowing that it will hurt. He includes a study guide at the back of the book that is full of Scriptures to go with many of the questions and for me I found that quite helpful and encouraging. We need to go to Truth in order to be set free from anything and God's Word is truth.
I'm not going to say that my distorted view of God is completely fixed because I think that would be a lie. I still struggle with understanding God's love for me at times and seeing Him as my caring and loving Father God, but this book definitely has gotten the ball rolling in the right direction and by God's grace I will see Him as He is (probably not ever 100% accurate this side of Heaven but definitely a lot better... it's a growing process).
This book was a dense read for me so I would say don't read through it quickly but rather slowly and let God speak to you and reveal the hurts that need healing to you. For me there were times I had to intentionally put it down and journal or just pray and that's totally okay.
One thing I got out of this book and hope you do as well is to see that God has a purpose in our pain whether it be living without an earthly father present, being abused, or just not having a very good family life. God will use that for your good and His glory. There is purpose in your pain.
*Note: I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for reviewing purposes.
God Distorted: How Your Earthly Father Affects Your Perception Of God And Why It Matters, Written by John Bishop, is a book that strives to help people understand how their relationship with their earthy father affects their relationship with their Heavenly Father.
Within this publication John strives to help his readers grasp an important understanding: God is more than a larger version of our earthly fathers, more than what we have grown up to expect out of a father figure, more loving and compassionate than we could ever deserve.
This book is extremely well written and easily read by all who turn its pages. It will serve as a fantastic tool in aiding the growth and/or advancement of most fathers, and potential fathers as they walk within wonderful role of fatherhood God has placed within their lives.
This book is divided into three sections that help carry its teaching powerfully into our hearts. These sections are entitled: Our Perception, God's Perception, and Our Reflection, followed by a study guide entitled My Progression.
This book would make a wonderful gift for any expectant or current father, thus it is a recommended purchase.
I am on staff at Living Hope Church led by Pastor John Bishop. I had the honor of sharing some of my story with him that was subsequently included in God Distorted. Aside from my own story being featured, I was eager to read this book because I lead our recovery and restoration ministry and have seen pain and brokenness in the lives of men and women who have distorted views of God. As much as I was enjoying reading the book, I found myself asking how I could use this to minister to others. I didn't expect to really find anything for me as I had "dealt with my issues." But then I came to chapter 14 - "God is Fully Pleased". The words on page 89 really left me undone. I read them once, then again, and then just sat there staring at them. "Am I good enough?" The very question rocked me to the core. Â At that moment, in the middle of a crowded and noisy coffee shop, I became acutely aware of God. I felt as if He put His finger on my heart and said, "Yeah, it's time to deal with this now." As I continued reading I loved the story about the elephant chained up, and the quote, "It is not the chain that binds him; it is the memory of the chain." Those words really resonated with me as I realized I have been trapped, not by something that is happening to me, but by my memories of what has happened. I have allowed the past to not only influence, but define, my future. God Distorted and those specific words have been the catalyst for amazing breakthrough in my life over the past couple of months. I believe this book will be a tool for so many people to bring healing, restoration, and freedom, even the people who think it's for "other people".