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Are you paralyzed by uncertainty? Life offers no straight and obvious path. But how would things change if you learned to move forward in faith---despite your doubts, questions, and fears? Wilson encourages you to jump into opportunities instead of waiting on the sidelines for that perfect moment. You'll discover a life filled with meaning and satisfaction! 224 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: W Publishing
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.11 X 6.11 (inches)
ISBN: 0849964571
ISBN-13: 9780849964572

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"I just can’t ever seem to shut off my brain and rest."

It's easy to feel paralyzed by uncertainty.  We want our questions answered, our decisions affirmed, and our plans applauded.  But life doesn't come with an instruction manual and rarely follows a straight path. How would your life change if you learned to lean into uncertainty instead of waiting on the sidelines for just the right moment or opportunity?

The paradox of faith is that you can't activate it until you act on it. Trust compels us to move forward. If you don't, then you'll be left with a laundry list of unrealized expectations. You were meant to experience a life of abundance and blessing, not frustration and failure.

Clarity only comes when we look back. So if you wait until you have clarity, you'll never find it. Instead, you must move forward even when you feel scared to death. That is when you'll be able to turn the fears that keep you up at night into fuel for your journey.

If you want to experience a breakthrough in your life, then you must find a new cadence that will provide the strength you need to move forward in spite of your doubts, questions, and fears. The rhythm of faith is not hinged upon our circumstances but our willingness to surrender.

In his most insightful work since the debut bestseller, Plan B, Pete Wilson provides a plan for living that will lead you to a place of peace that you've only dreamed about and a life filled with meaning, significance, and satisfaction.

Author Bio

Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Pete desires to see churches become radically devoted to Christ,  irrevocably committed to one another, and relentlessly dedicated to reaching those outside of God’s family. Pete and his wife, Brandi, have three boys.

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  1. Alabama
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good book, somewhat repetitive
    July 28, 2015
    Smoothie71
    Alabama
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
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    What Keeps You Up At Night by Pete Wilson is a wonderful book.

    When I first read the description of it I knew I wanted to get it. Being a 20-something, there are many choices and pressures I am faced with and sometimes they can keep you up at night wondering how on earth you are going to get through it all.

    I have not read anything by Pete Wilson before. I had heard many great things about his book, Let Hope In, so I knew wanted to check this one out and see if all the hype was true.

    I cannot speak for his first book, but I can speak for this one. I have been so encouraged and challenged by this book. Pete gives you insight into so much. From having faith to pursue your dreams to waiting on the Lord to provide, you are constantly encouraged to draw closer to the Lord and trust Him.

    Probably my favorite thing about this book is the quick summary at the end of each chapter. He gives you a quick summary of the chapter and then questions to ask yourself afterwards. This aspect of the book would make it really great to do a small group book study together using it.

    Overall, I think this book is great for people of all ages and in each facet of life. I would say that some chapters are repetitive and feel more like you are being preached at then talked to. However, there is something in this book for everybody, because really, who hasn't had trouble in their life before? We have all had doubts and fears that kept us up and prevented us from using faith. This book will challenge you to have faith in every area of your life no matter the circumstances.

    Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.
  2. Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    A lackluster entry in the Purpose genre
    July 13, 2015
    Cliffymania
    Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Finding your purpose, living your dreams, and fighting fear are staples of the mega-church pastor publishing phenomenon. In the last 10 years the market has become so flooded with books on these topics that one might conclude they arent working. That would certainly explain why they keep writing them.

    What Keeps You Up At Night by Pete Wilson is the latest entry into the genre and it comes up a bit flat. If youve read books in the Purpose genre youll find this one doesnt add anything new to the conversation. At the same time its not without some good content.

    What Keeps You Up At Night, at its core, is about following your dreams. In other words; what is it that you think about the most, or worry about, or what is it that you would passionately like to change, or do. Pete Wilson suggests looking at that as the dream for your life and fighting the fear that stops you from pursuing it.

    There are several things in the book that work. Wilson uses the example of Joseph from Genesis to show how we need to have faith in God when things are going well and when they arent. He advises praying whats on your heart rather than what you think you should say. He exhorts us to build our dreams on God or else were building with the wrong material. He uses the example of Daniel to teach the reader to rely on Gods provision. He includes setting aside what we want for what God wants, surviving the low points in pursuit of a dream, glorifying God in our dreams, stepping out in faith, and not giving in to fear.

    What trips me up in this book is not necessarily whats presented, but how its presented.

    Wilson has a tendency to use the wrong word. I counted three occasions where he talks about ruthlessly trusting God. Ruthless means having no pity; to be cruel and merciless. Im having a difficult time equating no pity, cruel and merciless with trusting God.

    Wilson has a tendency to stretch the meaning of the text. In most cases, he treats the biblical text reasonably without allegorizing, but there were some cases where his interpretation required a bit of definition bending. In the introduction he interprets Ecclesiastes 3:11, [God] has put eternity into mans heart, to mean that we are hardwired to be dreamers. In context the verse isnt about having a dream, but recognizing that mortality is temporary and God is eternal.

    The problem is in understanding the word dream. A dream can be a goal for your life, or possibly an unattainable standard; it can be a prophecy from God; it can be that thing your brain does at night. Wilson mashes all three definitions together and comes out the other side with some awkward theology. Jesus, Wilson says, was a man of sorrows (Isaiah 53:3) because he had a big dream and that brought on big opposition. To reduce Jesus ministry and Gods plan of salvation to a mere goal is to diminish Gods glory and Wilson says we shouldnt diminish Gods glory.

    Wilson also confuses the audience, which is not uncommon for the genre. What I mean is that theres no distinction between Christians and non-Christians with regard to the love of God. He rightly describes Gods love as unconditional, but fails to mention that for those who dont have faith and trust in Christ, Gods love also contains judgment.

    In one paragraph, Wilson says, But just as surely as your parents still loved you when you stayed out lateGod still loves you when you mess up. Mess up is the Purpose genre way of not using the word sin. It is true that God loves His children even when they sin, but whats the antidote to the human tendency to believe that we have to then work our way back into Gods good graces to make it up to him? Grace, repentance and forgiveness.

    Grace reminds us that our sins are covered and drives us to repent and receive forgiveness and that means we were never out of Gods good graces because His love for us is not dependent on us.

    Wilsons answer is, You cant hide from God and theres no need to! More than anything else, He wants you to come back to Him, say youre sorry, and let Him help you do better next time. This is all law and theres no relief in the Law. What if I dont do better next time? Does that mean I dont trust God enough, or does it mean God isnt helping me?

    Im not questioning Wilsons faith Im just concerned about the way he explains it.

    It all leaves me in the awkward position of being able to half-heartedly recommend the book, but I probably wouldnt. I wouldnt recommend the book to a young Christian because of the sketchy word play and my guess is most mature Christians likely dont need it.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT
    May 1, 2015
    Tick
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    OVERVIEW: Pete Wilson provides a plan for living that will lead you to a place of peace that you've only dreamed about and a life filled with meaning, significance, and satisfaction. This is a book to be used as a field guide to ruthlessly trusting God's planeven in the face of difficulty and uncertainty. Each chapter discusses some aspect of embracing God's call for your life, based on Scripture and the authors observations and experiences.

    AUTHOR: Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a committed church community that he and his wife, Brandi, planted in 2002. Cross Point has grown to reach more than six thousand people each week-end through its seven campuses located around the Nashville area, and online. As one of the fastest-growing churches in America, Pete's ministryan outreach focused on helping people become devoted to Christ, irrevocably committed to each other, and relentlessly dedicated to reaching those outside of God's family with the gospelhas made him a frequent speaker at national and international church conferences. Pete gained national attention in 2010 when Thomas Nelson published his best-selling book, Plan B, a title that has been printed in five languages and launched Putting Plan B into Action, a 6-week DVD curriculum that serves as a study companion to the book, Empty Promises, Pete's second book, focuses on the human desire to find purpose and hope in things that are not God. Pete earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Kentucky Western University and attended seminary at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

    MY REVIEW: Dave Ramsey, New York Times bestselling author wrote, "If you've ever been scared and confused about what to do next, this is the book for you." I agree! I also agree with Christine Caine, founder of The A21 Campaign who said, "What Keeps You Up at Night? will help you not only discover the adventure you were born to live, but to actually live it."

    Pete Wilson is an excellent communicator. In this splendid book he uses many illustrations to put his point across and tells wonderful stories that inspire. This is a book filled with wisdom. But it is mostly just good, common sense. You won't have to read and re-read to get the meaning and you won't have look up words in a dictionary. You will find yourself underling and marking passages that you want to remember and refer to again quickly. This is a book you will want to pass on to someone else you care about and you may buy extra copies to give away.
  4. Ohio
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiring yet preachy
    May 1, 2015
    Milk Donor Mama
    Ohio
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    What Keeps You Up at Night? How to find peace while chasing your dreams is a book by Pete Wilson about faith and uncertainty.

    The paradox between these two systems keeps many people up at night. This sort of debacle prevents many people from moving forward in their lives, leading to a long list of unrealized hopes, dreams and expectations.

    The advice in this book is centered around scripture, which is on just about every page. The author argues that surrendering to God's will is what each person needs to do in order to move forward. The surrendering is what the Bible asks Christians to do, as the trust in God should be enough to quell anyone's fears.

    This book was more scripture centered than I prefer. I did like the questions for the reader to ponder after each section, but overall, this book was too preachy for me.

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.
  5. White, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    What's Holding You Back From Chasing Your Dreams?
    April 30, 2015
    Raventhreads
    White, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Sometimes fear is a powerful weapon that prevents us from doing the things that we really want to do in life. Ive often felt its power, and sometimes I see its effects in the lives of those that I love. So, when I received the opportunity to review What Keeps You Up at Night?: How to Find Peace While Chasing Your Dreams, I found myself hoping for something that would help myself and those I loved to overcome fear in their lives.

    The author deals with fear quite handily near the beginning of the book, because as he says

    most of the time we dont really have a fear problem; we have a trust problem. When we focus on our fears, we stop focusing on God; we assume a position in the universe that we dont own. We stop trusting God and start trying to control things we cant control and manipulate circumstances we cant manipulate.

    Much of the rest of this book is dedicated to following your dreams. Wilson speaks to things such as how to know that this is Gods dream for your life, the opposition you might face on the way, learning to wait on God and giving up your goals for your life to be a part of the plan that God truly has for you.

    This is all great stuff, and if you have a dream or feel like you might have a calling from God this is a great book to start with. However, if youre just looking for a book that is going to help you to face your fears, this might not be the best book for you as most of the discussion and ideas are geared towards helping you fulfill the purpose that God has for your life.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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