As God is often referred to as â€˜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 â€˜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 â€˜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.
No matter how wonderful, or not so wonderful, your earthly father was, your Heavenly Father is perfect and loves you perfectly. This is the message of this book.
With hope and healing, John Bishop shares his journey to understand who God truly is. He is honest about his struggle especially about forgiveness. I appreciate his words that forgiveness "is not a one-time thing but a whole way of life." This is true for all of us because life is not without its hurts.
I received an advanced copy of this book from Waterbook Multnomah in exchange for this review which I freely give.
I was blessed with a good father, but I know I am in the minority. I read this book realizing just how lucky I was. However, no man is perfect, and this book opened my eyes to how I had some distorted views of God.