I found it disappointing because Rohrer spent large portions of the book on items that weren’t as salient to McClain’s life as other aspects that could have been included.
Rohrer did cover the controversy between McClain and Ashland College. That part is pretty good, and deserves a separate post.
One of my main complaints is that Rohrer detailed McClain’s involvement in the Ashland struggle and the subsequent founding of Grace Theological Seminary but absolutely nothing else about other issues that GTS had to deal with, particularly the rise and development of new evangelicalism in the late 1940s, early 1950s.
I’m not riding a hobby horse here, but it is a matter of historical record that when new evangelicalism arose most Christian colleges, seminaries, and fellowships either accepted it wholesale or considerably softened their fundamentalism. And I know from anecdotes Dr. McCune shared in classes and chapel while I was at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary that McClain and other Grace men had plenty to say about the rising new evangelicalism.
Some verification is required, but judging from the book’s date of publication (1986), the fact that GTS was at that time undergoing a paradigm shift may have affected what wasn’t mentioned in this biography of its founder (note this Wikipedia article, particularly the first paragraph under “Beliefs”).