“Your God Is Too Small” by J. B. Phillips is an excellent book . This is a classic Religious/Spiritual book that was originally published in 1952. I read it for my first time around about 1989. The book details the outdated ideas and misconceptions that people may have about God. First, let me say that I don’t know if God is definable. I have matured(a little) that I know a lot of what God isn’t. This book basically shows how our childhood, teenage, & even adult definitions are probably out of date and that we ourselves don’t believe them. After dispelling some old-time myths and misconceptions it then goes into thinking of what God could be and such like that. Because this writer was a thinker with abstract thoughts, it can sometimes seem dry. The book sections are Destructive Concepts and Constructive Concepts.
Allow me to cite some chapter names with some observations, that kind of says it all.
1. Resident Policeman
This is God as a disciplinarian
2. Parental Hangover
This is God as the nagging parents.
3. Grand Old Man
God as GrandDad
Excerpt interpretation…a research project of teenage youths revealed their sub-conscious thought about God being outdated. When asked in the research “Does God understand radar?” Instinctively many answered “No”. Then they laughed because obviously God knows more than radar, Right?
4. Meek and Mild….
God is perfect, I think,….but is he/she static and inert or is he/she constantly growing also. Perfection may not exist.
Eight more Destructive Concept chapters. You’ll have to read the book.
1. God unfocused
My take on this chapter…..one of man’s projections of God with human attributes is the belief that if God is impersonal and gigantically huge than he can’t possibly know all things about all people. This is making God out to be as a CEO or President of the United States. He can run the store but has little conception of the detail. If we stop ascribing to God human attributes then we could see that God probably does know all things, everywhere with everybody. This is the belief that God is finite and his energies will thin out and be less applicable. In truth God is the Ultimate multi-tasker.
2. A Clue To Reality….
11. Christ and the Question Of Sin
14.The Abolition If Death
A total of 16 Constructive Concept chapters. You’ll have to read the book.
Why this book is important is because as children we are told what God is and slowly over the years that initial idea may be tweaked or modified. The problem with that is that the nature of God is very rarely completely explored and examined in-depth.
I would rate this book 8 out of 10 stars, ********. In all honesty I have to say that this book is NOT inspirational, I didn’t feel uplifted as in a sermon or a feeling. However it does give great insight and understanding about our wrongly held beliefs in God. I personally found that very helpful. It may be in the local or university libraries.
ISBN Number 0-7432-5509-7