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Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up the Way You Thought He Would?

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  • Posted September 18, 2010

    Missing An Important Piece

    I appreciate what Pete Wilson delves into in this book, sharing stories of pain from his own life and the lives of others. However, there seemed to be one element to this book missing that I kept waiting to show up, but never did. That is the fact that Christians have an enemy, aka Satan, who's objective is found in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy..." When we accept the call of God on our lives & follow Jesus we have to know that the enemy would love nothing more than to derail us from succeeding. He'll hit us with anything he can...relationship failures, disease, death...the enemy wants to steal from us - our peace, our joy, our finances, kill us - in the spiritual and the natural, and destroy us - so that we don't fulfill the reason we were born. He knows that we are a force to be reckoned with and if he can distract us from our purpose and disguise himself so that we don't know how to fight back we will end up defeated. John 10:10 continues to say..."I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." God is for us. God is on our side. I was disappointed that this book made it seem like every "Plan A failure" was from God. I think the biggest lie we fall into is the thought process that "God sent me this sickness, God killed my child, God took away my job...because He wants to teach me a lesson." Does that sound like the God of John 10:10 - or could that mindset be exactly what the enemy wants us to think so that we waste our energy asking God "why" instead of fighting back and telling the enemy he can't steal from us, he can't destroy us and he can't kill us. The enemy is a bully. No true victory comes from our "Plan B" situation until we begin to exercise our faith, find out who we are in Christ, learn what authority we have on earth and begin to walk in it. We need revelation on that.I believe this is a great book in raw form and that the author meant well, but unfortunately I would not recommend it.

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

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    okay but not great

    This book begins with some good truths, those that seasoned Christians may need to be reminded of at times and truths that new Christians need to hear.

    Everyone at some point wakes up to discover that a part of their life is going to be nothing like it was planned. What happens when it seems that God's promises to you are not being accomplished? Perhaps you don't have the answer to the question - Why? Pete Wilson reminds us of the experiences of Bible characters and uses modern day stories from his experiences as a pastor to attempt to help people face those questions.
    David had been anointed as the next king and had experienced his first success in killing Goliath. He then began working in the palace only to find King Saul jealous and bitter.
    Joshua found himself the leader after Moses' death. He had to trust God enough to take the risk of stepping into a flooded river to cross to the land of promise. Good stories, with wonderful truths - yet I would recommend that if you read this book, you read it with your Bible open. At times Pete Wilson adds emotions to the Biblical characters that the Bible does not mention.
    The book does show that having problems or tragic things happen does not mean that God is not with you or that He doesn't love you. Wilson says "so often instead of giving us what we think we deserve, instead of taking away our pain.....He (God) offers us the promise of His presence. But this is not a consolation prize. It's exactly the gift you need ..." I love that statement, yet later in the book, he refers to Christ's death on the cross as the "ultimate Plan B". Perhaps I read into it something that the author did not mean, but He fails to quickly and clearly say that the cross was truly God's Plan A and that perhaps circumstances in our lives, things that we look at as a Plan B are in reality God's original plan. I must admit that much later in the book he says that we must be willing to abandon our life plans to receive the life that God authored for us, but the point should have been made much quicker rather than calling the cross a Plan B. He also states that in Jesus' prayer in the garden before His death, Jesus was saying, "I don't like this.....I'm not even sure I can handle this." He is making a point concerning getting rid of idols in our lives and following Christ's example and attitude of not my will, but Thine, however, saying that Christ was wondering if He could handle the circumstances is unacceptable in my opinion. I would like to once again encourage you that if you read the book , please compare it to the ultimate book of Truth, God's Word, the Bible. That's good advice no matter your circumstances!
    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their 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 Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    Plan B by Pete Wilson isn't bad but isn't great.

    Wilson uses stories from his own experiences and from the bible as examples of how life doesn't always go the way we want or expect it to; sometimes the little things, and sometimes huge, life-altering things. The stories are relatable, as we all have experienced something that didn't go the way we imagined it would.

    The book is an easy read, but I still had trouble finishing it because it got a little boring for me to keep reading about another person who was disappointed. The book is full of "plan b" examples in life, which were expected, but I didn't get anything from that. I already knew life doesn't go smoothly for everyone, but what I was expecting in the book was more of a religious answer or explanation, or at least more advice on how to deal with those times that plan b comes up in our lives.

    Part of the title is "What to do when God doesn't show up the way you thought he would" gave me the impression the book would offer more guidance, which I didn't find here. I read the book with hope that I'd learn how to better deal with my own struggles or disappointments, but I didn't come away with anything new. The book reminds us that God is always there even if it seems like he forgot about us, but I was hoping for something that struck me a little more than that.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their 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 Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.".

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    A Plan B Book

    Plan B
    Plan B, by Pete Wilson, reads like a generic "What Do I Do When Something Terrible Happens and I'm Wondering Where God Is?" sort of book. He offers examples of time when things go wrong in life that God is still present, even if it is not obvious. He interchanges personal experiences with experiences of those close to him. However, often the experiences of those he knows are the most heart wrenching.

    I feel awkward reading the book when in one chapter he tells a story about his son peeing in a swimming pool and in others he writes about friends who suffered dissolving marriages, deaths of those close to them, and much more. This isn't to say Pete doesn't have a voice in this pain. One chapter outlines how he and his wife went through a miscarriage, and I think that chapter is one of the strongest out of the book, and that is because it is the most personal to him. The other chapters clumsily move from a funny story of embarrassment to serious stories of heartbreak. While everyone needs to laugh, the funny stories are often out of place.

    Second, as I mentioned at the beginning of the review, the book is generic. Almost every Christian self-help book I see now deals with finding God through personal crisis. And they all use the same Bible stories (Joseph) and all presume the reader is asking the same questions (But what did I do to deserve this?). This is not necessarily bad, but for me I don't see a difference in reading a different book over another. If I was struggling, I would go first on a friend's recommendation. If they recommended this one, then Great! If not, I'd choose a different one. There isn't enough to differentiate the tangle of other books.
    2/5 stars
    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their [...] 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 Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Plan B by Pete Wilson

    What Do You Do When God Doesn'?t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? This is the subtitle of Pete Wilson's newest book Plan B. In a book pointing to the fact that God is in control of everything at the end of the day, Wilson attempts to point Christian believers to the fact that God's way is rarely in line with the way our feeble minds may imagine. Through a depressing group of stories of loss in the modern world, Wilson intermingles Biblical stories to show that at the end of the day, trusting that God is going to take care of you is enough, even when it feels as if He is nowhere to be found.

    I personally did not enjoy this read. Often, Wilson comes off as that older guy we all know who is just not ready to grow up. I really wanted to take his writing serious but found myself drowning in his obvious desire to hold on to some sort of "coolness." Sadly, much of the subject matter in this book is already so cold and heartbreaking that it needs no cooling down. Sadly, Wilson frequently points the reader inward for the answers to such questions as WHY DID MY BABY DIE? The answer is not on the inside though and Wilson seems to miss the Christian message entirely in how and where to look for God. Granted, I read this book quickly, but I currently cannot recall any discussion of sin. Further, the cross is avoided like the very plague of humanity and sadness that Wilson addresses. This book would provide little good to a new believer due to the lack of teaching Christ's purpose. As many of the Christian books out today miss the point on Christian purpose, Wilson seems to have fallen into the same Purpose-Driven trapping.

    I would not recommend this book.

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