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Teddy GAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Realistic Writing for a Hard TopicMay 9, 2012Teddy GAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The subtitle of Pete Wilson's book, Plan B, is "What do you do when God doesn't show up the way you thought that he would?" Throughout the book, Wilson thoroughly examines dozens of situations, both Biblical and of modern-day people, to see what a Plan B looks like, and how we should handle it. From Joseph's trip to Egypt in slavery, to David's flight from Saul after being anointed as the next king, from stories of infertility to death of children, failing marriages and lost jobs, Plan B discusses disappointment, grief, hope, and faith in the face of lost dreams. Pete Wilson acknowledges that he cannot give us answers, but he can point us to the cross and the One who is there for us through every step of His plan for us.
Bear with me, I have a lot to say about this book. I am not sure why it took me so long to get around to reading it, but I certainly wish I had read it sooner. Plan B is the most down-to-earth Christian living book I have read in a very long time. Pete Wilson is a humble, self-aware author who takes himself very lightly, but never treats his readers' or his subjects' pain casually. An author who admits he is in need of the same answers he seeks to write about is one the reader can trust to dig deep and give truthful guidance. This book does just that. As Wilson walks through each example, he stops to examine it at every step, but he never leaves a story hanging just to make a single point that might not hold true to the rest of the story. Every story he starts, he works through fully, giving his points and conclusions more credence than simple bits and pieces linked to each individual idea. Both his Biblical examples, and his real-life people follow this system, and while I was sometimes on edge waiting to see how a story would turn out, I could trust that he would come back to it and finish it for me.
I have a long list of quotes from this book that resonated with me; I hate to give them without context, but maybe it will give you a taste of his writing and style.
"We must decide if we are going to put our faith in what God does or in who God is." (Emphasis mine) The idea that even if our life circumstance is our Plan B, we should be able to trust that God has not messed up, and that he is there for us regardless of our circumstances.
Wilson also talks a lot about waiting on God.
"The question isn't 'Can you trust God?' but 'Can you wait?"
"...waiting may be the most important something you can and need to do.
What you're doing is allowing your hope to grow up. And if you can't be still and wait and hope, even when you have no reason to hope, you can't become the person God created when he thought you into existence." Waiting is an important part of our Plan Bs; waiting to see how it turns out, waiting to see why we even had to go through a Plan B, waiting to see just what God is doing.
In addition to the myriad of quotes from Wilson that strike a chord, he quotes several other authors and pastors with aplomb. He uses them with enough frequency to lend weight to his own ideas, but he does not overdo it to the point of feeling that he is just rehashing other people's thoughts.
While the topic of Plan B is a difficult one, the book itself is an easy, yet thought-provoking read. I give it 5 stars for depth of topic, ease of reading, and real-life practicality. I would definitely recommend it to anyone struggling with how their life is going versus how they thought it would. And, really, isn't that most, if not all, of us?
I received a copy of this book for free as part of Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze program for bloggers. I was not required to provide a positive review.
David Pfanschmidt5 Stars Out Of 5September 21, 2010David PfanschmidtAs of today, I've read 70 books this year. Plan B is the best of the lot. Highly recommended.
AnonymousWindsor, ONAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5September 11, 2010AnonymousWindsor, ONAge: 35-44Gender: femaleHow many of us have thought or asked the same question... What do I do when my life doesn't turn out the way I thought? or What do I do when I have to turn to Plan B?Pete Wilson does an excellent job of getting you to take a look through the Bible to see how many other people of 'faith' had the deal with the same difficulties. Jesus never promised us that life would be easy when we chose to follow him. On the contrary he said "In this world YOU WILL have trouble..." but he also said, don't worry for I am with you! I love how Pete doesn't try to give pat answers to the tough questions, but every time he says "I don't know"... but I do know that this is what God says. I have so many favorite parts of this book I don't even know where to start. So let me say this, if you're in a place where you think God's forgotten you - He hasn't! If you're questioning God's timing or why he hasn't heard your prayers -- He is listening and He is working things out. As a control freak I struggle, however I believe after reading this book God has opened my eyes to see how wrong I am to try and control everything. HE is the one who is in control and there's nothing - absolutly nothing I can do to make God change his mind or make up his mind!My favorite quote is "If God doesn't give me one more thing in this life, I still owe him everything." p.144 Seriously, you need to get this book if you've been asking these same questions. And I promise you if you let him, God will change your life while reading this book!!!
LauraDenverAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Sound and Encouraging Word For Life's UpheavalsNovember 8, 2011LauraDenverAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My life took an unexpected/unplanned turn a couple months back; so did a friend's life. So when I saw this title I hoped it would have some perspective to offer us. And it did. In fact it was precisely the word we needed to regain a bit of equilibrium and perspective. Pete Wilson has crafted a pastoral book. By that I mean he writes as someone who has experienced and walked with others through a wide range of personal reversals. He writes with a large dose of compassion grounded in good scriptural context. I recommend this book for anyone who is going through a Plan B twist in their life, and also for those close to anyone struggling through a life circumstance that isn't what they had planned or wanted.
BiancaTCOradea, RomaniaAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5April 10, 2011BiancaTCOradea, RomaniaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Plan B is a book about shattered dreams, about unmet expectations, about people who are unable to see or feel God in the midst of these overbearing circumstances. It doesn't offer some quick steps to a happy life, but it encourages to a healthy and intimate relationship with the LORD.
I laughed out loud but I also cried, reading this book. I love the way Pete Wilson is so personal yet so accurate with the issues that I think everyone can relate to one way or another. He point out a lot of Scripture wisdom to sustain his opinions.
I loved this book, it encouraged me to pursue a much more intimate relationship with my LORD, to truly trust him even when all the circumstances around me tells me not to.
We all have gone through a moment in our life that we have expected God to work in a certain way, but he didn't. Everybody struggled at one point with a shattered dream or an unmet expectation. Everyone felt alone and desperate, hopeless and helpless at one point or another, waiting for the LORD but he never really seemed to appear.
Well, than this book is for you. This book is about you, and how can you grow in the middle of those hopeless situations that will eventually come in your life.
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