Spiritual Book Review: Your God Is Too Small

“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 The book details the outdated ideas and misconceptions that people may have about God.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a lot of what God isn’t.   This book basically shows how our childhood, teenage, & even adult definitions are probably out of date and that we ourselves don’t believe them.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.  

Destructive concepts

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 Excerpt interpretation…a research project of teenage youths revealed their sub-conscious thought about God being outdated.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….

              Sweet Jesus

5.Absolute Perfection

              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.

Constructive concepts

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

124 pages



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6 Responses to “Spiritual Book Review: Your God Is Too Small”

  1. Professor Taboo Says:

    Thank you for sharing this book and your thoughts on the subject. As far as the book not being necessarily inspirational, balancing our cognitive powers with our emotional or spiritual powers is not to be discredited. They all needed to be nurtured.

  2. informationforager Says:

    Thanks for the comment. Your feedback is exactly correct. I only mentioned it because some people may think that since it’s spiritual it must be inspirational. Not! I agree wholeheartedly that it’s a balance of cognitive and emotional that makes us whole. Thanks again.

  3. Jane Says:

    Thanks for your encouraging comments on my blog! It’s always nice to meet blogging friends with shared interests.

    I especially enjoyed this review as it sounds like a book I need to check out. I’ve recently been doing a lot of thinking about (and attempting to unlearn) some of the false views of God I developed as a kid in a very sheltered, Christian community. It’s definitely a process.

    • informationforager Says:

      I think it’s a boat that we’ve all been in before. Thankfully books such as that by Mr. Phillips help us see the way a little better. As I said in the post I’ve matured(a little), and I still working on it. God and reality are big concepts.

      As another interesting concept a friend of mine shared her thought that she believes that besides infinate exterior space, there is also infinite interior space. I asked her what she meant and she said that “scientists keep exploring the atom and neurons for the “base” substance of matter, what if the interior is infinite also?” Sorry, I went off “into space”. Thanks again for your comment. I really appreciated it.

      • Professor Taboo Says:

        Of course I totally concur with what you and your “inner space” and outer space friend infers! It is exciting to be alive now, on the brink of such scientific-nuclear undertanding & discoveries! As always, thoroughly enjoy your blogs! Namaste!

  4. informationforager Says:

    Thanks. It’s a great universe.

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