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

Strange how things work out.

On the very day that I planned to post this review of Pete Wilson‘s Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would?, the author is leading his church through a Plan B scenario.

Wilson is the pastor of Crosspoint Church in Nashville. If you’ve been out having fun this weekend and missed the news, that region has been hit by flooding at levels not seen in decades. Today, as reviews of his book are being posted across the internet, Wilson has gathered his congregation to head out into the community with clean-up tools in hand to walk beside those embarking on an unexpected Plan B.

Plan B happens when your dreams don’t turn out the way you expected or when an unforeseen event drops into your life. There isn’t a person alive who hasn’t ― or won’t ― experience a Plan B.

The question at the heart of Wilson’s book is: What do you do when it happens to you?

Wilson attempts to guide readers through the maze of emotions stemming from broken dreams or unexpected detours through the use of Biblical stories interwoven with the contemporary experiences of people who have seen their plans and dreams scuttled, forcing them to live out Plan B. Its light, narrative style makes Plan B a surprisingly easy read on a difficult subject.

The answer to the question of whether or not to recommend Plan B is complicated.

If you’re a long-time, well-read believer, you’re likely going to read insights similar to those you have heard dozens of times before. Given his extensive use of quotations from other authors, it’s even possible that Wilson will quote one or more of the books you’ve read. As I was reading, there were several instances in which I thought that I had heard this ― or something similar to it ― before. Even the concluding section in which Wilson talks about how the subject was one that couldn’t be wrapped up neatly with a bow sounded familiar.

Yet, if you’re like me, it’s a reminder you can use from time to time.

New or young believers will find Plan B an engaging way to approach one of the most difficult answers Christians face.

Perhaps the ideal place for believers of any age or experience to explore Plan B is in a group setting where the included study guide can be used to its fullest advantage to bring out applications of the principles in your own situations and to strengthen the local community.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com 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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