book review: Plan B

Earlier this year I made a big Amazon purchase that included Pete Wilson‘s Plan B.  I was several chapters into the book when I started to think of people I know who need to read this book.  One of them being my brother, who is currently re-reading this book.

So often we dream or write about the things we want out of life.  Sometimes we just expect parts of life to have a good outcome and never entertain the idea of a bad outcome.  Wilson writes about continuing to live life and have hope when your life didn’t turn out as planned.  At some point or another, this happens to all of us.  As I would reflect about what I was reading, I was able to come up with several little Plan B moments that have occurred in my life.  I was able to easily relate to Wilson’s depiction of how we can feel when things go wrong, how you can start to think about yourself or your life, how you can easily lose hope, and get lost in emotions that are just too powerful to grasp and handle at times.

One of the examples that demonstrates losing hope and questioning God’s faithfulness provided some great reflections and tears:  Wilson mentions a family that was in a car accident and the kid had taken off their seatbelt to reach for something on the van floor.  During those few seconds the kid was out of his seatbelt the van was hit at an intersection.  Due to the impact of the accident, the kid went through the windshield and out on to the street and incurred life threatening injuries.  As he was visiting with the family in a hospital where the child was being treated, he had a conversation with the mother where he asks, “Pat, do you ever wonder where God is in all of this?”  And she responds, “No, I really don’t. I don’t even ask that question.  The questions I ask is, where am I? God’s been here with me the whole time.  If I feel distance from him, it’s not because he’s left.  It’s because I’ve drifted.”  (My reaction to the statement is another post as at another time).

This book is chock full of examples when people felt lost, hopeless, and questioned God.  Pete Wilson is the pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, so his writing is faith based and is very clear to a Christian reader.  If you don’t identify yourself as a Christian, you’ll still walk away with practical wisdom for your Plan B moments in life.  Yes, there are lots of Biblical references.  Wilson makes you see various Plan B circumstances throughout the Bible and how these personalities had handled, and overcame, their Plan B.

One thing that I absolutely loved about this book is that Pete Wilson says he doesn’t know the answers, but he wants to help you get through your Plan B and see that God has something so much more in store for us than we can imagine.

If you have the opportunity to read this book, I highly suggest it.  If you have any book suggestions for me, please leave them in the comments!

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