I like to read. That’s one reason I became a Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger (that and the free books!). When you read a lot you frequently come across books that aren’t very good. But every once in a while you get to read a book that really grabs you and takes you to an unexpected destination. Pete Wilson’s Plan B was an unexpected surprise that introduced me to a fresh and exciting truth about my relationship with God.
Wilson asserts that we often find ourselves living Plan B – that path that we are following that is different from the one we first set out on. When you think about it, that’s a universal reality. We are all living Plan B and we have lots of questions about it. Why didn’t Plan A work out the way I thought it would? Why didn’t God come through? Why do they get to live Plan A and I don’t? For some, this will be a time that deeply challenges their faith.
Time and time again in your life you’re going to feel as if God isn’t showing up. You’re going to feel as if God isn’t healing, he isn’t restoring, he isn’t releasing his might power. These moments are crucial moments in your relationship with him. These moments are crucial because God is trying to get you to the place where you can’t handle things on you’re own, where you are willing to surrender your plans in order to receive his. He’s trying to mature your faith. In moments like that, will you continue to choose to believe that he is who he says he is? (p. 108)
One would think that we would all get that Plan B is real life. We should know by the time we are in grade school that life isn’t easy and that things don’t always turn out the way we expected. In fact, life rarely turns out the way we expect it to. How quickly we forget the truth in Scott Peck’s first line of The Road Less Traveled: “Life is difficult.” That’s why Wilson wrote this book. To remind us that difficulty in life is so common to the human experience that we should anticipate it – even expect it – and that God is still present (perhaps especially present?) in the midst of Plan B. Wilson writes:
Notice the promise here. [Romans 15.13] The God of hope will fill your life with joy and peace and you will overflow with hope. Wow! And isn’t that exactly what you need right now in the midst of your Plan B? But there’s a condition – that you trust him. Trust is the choice that gets you through Plan B.
I appreciate that Pete Wilson addressed this topic with such clarity and honesty. This is a book that will help people to see God in a new light and trust him more. Even though I was sent a free copy of this book I will be buying more copies to give to families and friends. And so should you!
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