Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Plan B: Book Review

About The Book:

Learn how God often does His best work in our most hopeless situations.
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."

About The Author:

Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN, the second church he has planted in the last seven years. Pete graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in communications then attended seminary at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. His desire is to see churches become radically devoted to Christ, irrevocably committed to one another, and relentlessly dedicated to reaching those outside of God's family.
He is married to Brandi and together they have three boys. When not spending time with church or family he enjoys playing golf and playing golf and playing golf

My Review:

This book was a very necessary read for me, in light of life in the last eight years or so. Life now is relatively calm, happy, and I am content with where I am and what I am doing with my life. But it was not always this way.

The journey to get where I am now was full of Plan B moments, as Wilson calls them. Moments in life where things just did not happen the way I thought they should. Key word is "I", not God. Getting cancer at 32, dealing with infertility problems, getting pregnant(!) yet experiencing a premature baby and long NICU stay, having another baby (thank you God!) but having a terribly difficult pregnancy, my parents splitting up after 35 years of marriage, and a sister passing away, and most recently dealing with some major marriage issues of my own! All of these events have not been my plan, but God knew it would happen and He walked me through! With hope and faith in Him, I am who I am and where I am today!

Wilson delivers a wonderfully, easy to read, well-written & organized book that will bring you through you own Plan B moments, whether in the past or yet to come. Wilson examines experiences from a variety of people, including well known men and women of the Bible: David, Joesph, and Job.

The one story that really impacted me was the story of Todd and Angie Smith. Todd Smith is from the music group, Selah, and when they were expecting baby number four, their lives were delivered a Plan B like they could not imagine. Their baby was given a diagnosis of Trisomy 18, with most babies not surviving to full term. Todd and Angie had to wait on the Lord's plan. As Wilson quoted them in the book, they were, "planning for a loss and hoping for miracles". That was not to be, and their beautiful baby girl, Audrey, lived for two hours before going to her eternal home with Jesus. I am sure they have asked the question, "Why?" a million times (which they both admit they have), but the one thing that they have clung to, and that Wilson so eloquently states in his book, is that even when we are helpless, we are not hopeless in Jesus Christ! Angie states this in her journal, as quoted in Wilson's book, "You weighed three pounds, but your life mattered. You can go througth all the reasons of why, but he allowed it to happen so he could draw people to himself. We feel we were chosen to be a part of this".  (p. 190) WOW!!!

He will get us through our Plan B moments. Even when we have to wait (as Sarah and Abraham, Job, Noah, and countless other in the Bible did), there is a purpose.

Wilson says this about waiting through out Plan B moments:

"It is so important to realize waiting does not always lead to the outcome we hoped for. But you already know this. That is what makes waiting so difficult. If you're in the midst of waiting for a miracle or waiting for a dream to be realized, you probably feel hopeless. You may feel frustrated and grumpy and plain old tired of waiting. You may feel like the waiting is a waste of time as if you are doing nothing at all. But you're not doing nothing, not at all. In fact, this 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 matter how difficult the waiting is, there is a let God be our hope" (p. 190-191)

If you are currently in a Plan B moment, or have been in one and just can't move up from it, I highly recommend you read this book. If you know someone in a Plan B moment of life, get this book for them. It will be a life changer, and life saver!

BUY IT: You can purchase Plan B: What To Do When God Doesn't Show Up The Way You Thought He Would? online here, directly through Thomas Nelson. It is also available through your favorite local Christian bookseller May 2010

***Book provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.***


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  2. We've been going through a journey that is definitely a "Plan B moment", for the past 17 yrs. I can tell you it is a spiritually maturing process. You learn to put God and His will and purposes above your own. Hoping you stop by.