Book Review - Pete Wilson: Plan B

Pete Wilson must be hanging out at my house.  Why else would he ask this question in chapter 1:  "Do you remember the day you discovered your life wasn't going to turn out quite the way you thought?"

Every day, Pete.  Every day.

God often shows up in unexpected ways.  Pete Wilson, senior pastor at Cross Point Church in Nashville, tries to help us get a handle on that, to try and help us discover what our "Plan B" is when Plan A doesn't quite work out.

Pete addresses the age-old question" "Why does God let bad things happen to His people?"   Here, he takes us through a journey of understanding the misconception that many Christians have that God will provide unswervingly for all of our wants and desires.  Such misconceptions often lead to a crisis of faith, wondering if God cares or even exists.

Plan B points out that at times, we are exactly where God wants us to be, even if we seem to be in a place where there is no way out.

This book is extremely well-written, and throughout, Pete demonstrates his pastor's heart.  I totally connected with the story in the first chapter on several levels.  More so than any other book I've reviewed, Plan B makes me want to sit down with the author over a long cup of coffee and talk things out.  Pete takes the struggles of biblical figures - David, Joseph, even Jesus - and personalizes them to show that, yeah, these stories are for us.  They provide a roadmap for us to navigate to our own "plan B" - a path that surely leads to God, through our faith and His grace.

This book is full of practical advice as well as spiritual advice.  After all, spouting scripture is one thing; actually helping people is the root of a pastor's work.  There is an included study guide as well.  In my view, not only is this book a great personal read, but I highly recommend it as a resource for small group studies or perhaps a sermon series.   The book has it's own website with a host of resources.

In short, get this book, read this book, and get onto your own Plan B.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I recieved a copy of this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers' BookSneeze program in hopes I would mention it on my blog.  Nevertheless, the opinons stated are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review. (16CFR Part 225)


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