Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? by Pete Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Everyone has been talking about this book, and while this review is on the tale end of the big buzz, I was excited to get the opportunity to read and review it. Plan B is a fresh look at life as it really is - changing, heart-wrenching, un-plan-able.
Pete Wilson, lead Pastor at Cross Point Church, shares from the heart and from the Word of God about the Plan B's in our life and how we know that God is still in control. I appreciate his very honest approach and tone through out this book even as he shares personally.
I can't say that I agree with Pete's point of view 100%, but I still found the book easy to read and highly encouraging. It was like sitting down with a close friend and having a heart-to-heart chat about life. Some people - specifically the more conservative Baptists - may think this book a bit casual, but I think most anyone can read this book and glean a wealth of refreshment and find it to be a loving support in their own life.
This book includes a study guide with some very thought provoking questions for discussion if using it with a friend or group. You can also access some great resources through the website www.planbbook.com.
What do you do with a shattered dream? Or an unmet expectation? What do you do when your life isn't turning out the way you thought it would? What do you do when you have to turn to Plan B?
In Plan B pastor and author Pete Wilson uses real life stories of disappointments and hurts along with the biblical stories of men and women like David, Joseph, and Ruth to help readers come to grips with the truth that they will face situations that in themselves they are completely unable to handle but that in them God is simply trying to get them to surrender their plans so that they can receive His. He identifies our common responses to difficulties and offers hope, helping us to
* Understand what God might be up to
* See how surrender helps us to receive God's plan
* Embrace the community of believers
* Reconcile a God of love with a life of tragedy and suffering
Wilson points readers to the cross as not just the starting line but the centerpiece of our story with God and shares that it is there we turn in our Plan B and find the undeniable relationship between crisis and our hope followed by true spiritual transformation. "God wants to live inside the questions" says Wilson and then reminds us that "the cross is proof that He does not always change the circumstance but that He always has a purpose in every circumstance. He will never let go of us. He will hold us and His cross will be an anchor for us."
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This book was provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson but the opinions expressed are my own.
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