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God Distorted

How Your Earthly Father Affects Your Perception of God and Why It Matters

John Bishop

Category: Church Ministry

About God Distorted

God is not a bigger version of your earthly father.
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
•  in complete control
•  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.


“John Bishop tears away those misconceptions, distorted views, and protective walls we have in the way of a dynamic relationship with God. By highlighting how significantly the relationship with our earthly father distorts our view of our heavenly Father, God Distorted leads readers on a path of healing and better understanding of God the Father.”
—Mark Batterson, New York Times best-selling author of The Circle Maker

“John Bishop writes from his personal life and his years as a pastor to describe the incredible importance of accepting our Father’s love into the deep places of our lives. So many of our challenges come back to how we view God, and John clears the way for us to see God in all of his power, love, and fame. This is a powerful book and a great resource.”
—Jud Wilhite, author of Pursued and senior pastor of Central Christian Church, Las Vegas

“A. W. Tozer asserted, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” God Distorted helps us discover and replace the warped perceptions with God’s perfections. Writing with great vulnerability out of his personal journey, John guides us to letting go the ‘daddy damaged’ idols so we can experience the joy that comes with knowing the heavenly Father with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Working through the book will renew love of the Father, joy in Jesus, and peace through the Spirit.”
—Gerry Breshears, professor of theology, Western Seminary, Portland

“John Bishop has written a book that will bring healing, encouraging, and restoration to anyone who’s wrestled to reconcile their earthly father with our heavenly Father. This is a book that will breathe hope and life into your world.”
—Margaret Feinberg (, author of Wonderstruck and Scouting the Divine

“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, president, Focus on the Family and author of ReFocus: Living a Life that Reflects God’s Heart

“John Bishop is passionate about helping us let go of our distorted image of God and embrace Him as our perfect Father. John’s transparency about his experience as a son, a father, and a pastor will encourage you as you seek to replace broken paradigms with biblical faith.”
—Steven Furtick, lead pastor, Elevation Church, Charlotte,  and author of the New York Times bestseller, Greater

God Distorted provides insight to a hurting generation. John is very transparent in this book, and if we had more Christian leaders this transparent talking about some of these things, we would have a better church, community, and nation. We must acknowledge, accept, and work on these problems we carry within us. We must allow God to change us, and then we can help change others. I was with Pastor John Bishop and spoke at his church on Father’s Day, and following the service we had a very quick lunch—the reason being that he needed to rush off so he could spend time with his son. That was John’s priority, and it made a strong impression on me.”
—Nicky Cruz, evangelist and author

God Distorted challenges your view of God. John Bishop helps you see God for who He is, not who you imagined Him to be.”
—Kerry Shook, founding pastor of Woodlands Church, Houston, and coauthor of the national bestsellers One Month to Live and Love at Last Sight

“Everyone has a view of God, a perception of who He is and what He wants in our lives. Some see Him as a loving creator; others may see Him as a detached deity. But no matter what our view of God is, we all have the same basis for our perception. In God Distorted, John Bishop helps readers peel back the layers of their past and discover the foundation of their perception of God – their experience with their earthly father. And through open, honest, and powerful examples, John helps readers discover what it takes to overcome the distortions and instead gain a clear image of God.”
—Ed Young, pastor of Fellowship Church and author of Outrageous, Contagious Joy

About John Bishop

JOHN BISHOP is the founding and senior pastor of Living Hope Church, which has grown from four families to nearly five thousand weekly attendees. John has a master's degree in leadership and evangelism, and is an international speaker with a passion to both encourage and challenge pastors to propagate what matters most to the heart of God: reaching the lost. John lives with his wife, Michelle, and their three children in Battle Ground, Washington.

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240 pages | Published by Multnomah

On Sale Date: May 21, 2013

Trim Size: 6 x 9

Carton Quantity: 24

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God is not a bigger version of your earthly father. Click here to download chapter one of God Distorted. 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? Click here to download chapter one of God Distorted.

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