Monday, May 3, 2010

Book Review - Plan B

Thomas Nelson started a program called Book Sneeze where bloggers can get a book for free in exchange for agreeing to post a review about it upon reading. This post is part of this program. Who doesn't love free books? They gave me a free copy in exchange for me posting a review about it on here and on amazon.com.

I was instantly intrigued when I heard about Plan B by Pete Wilson if for no other than reason than the fact that as a Christian, you constantly hear people asking questions about why God doesn't seem to show up when things aren't going well. Considering that the phrase "what do you do when God doesn't show up the way you thought He would?" is on the cover of the book, I figured that this book might offer a little insight into the matter.

Even as a Christian, it's easy to question God when our lives don't turn out quite the way we had hoped. In those moments, we find ourselves in what Wilson calls a "Plan B" situation. The original plan didn't work out, and we now find ourselves having to adjust to whatever plan B might be. He offered a ton of possibilities... maybe you lose your job, maybe your spouse leaves you, maybe someone dies of cancer... regardless of the type of situation, we've all had those experiences where things didn't go the way we wanted, and we're left to figure out what to do next.

I know that I myself have been in that position before, and I'm certain I'll find myself there again. It's hard to not question things, including my faith in God, when I find myself standing at such a place.

In this book, Wilson details the various emotions, thoughts, and feelings that we may experience when we find ourselves facing a Plan B for our lives. It was crazy to me how well he hit the nail on the head... some of the things he writes are EXACTLY the kinds of things I've thought and said when my life wasn't shaping up exactly how I thought it should.

Wilson uses a ton of stories from the Bible to illustrate how we can better handle it when we find ourselves facing a Plan B. I think what I enjoyed most about his writing is that he took stories I had heard all my life (like that of David, Moses, Joseph, Naomi and Ruth, etc.) and retold them in a way that I feel is more relatable than when you simply read the passages in the Bible. It's like things clicked for me that I had never quite gotten when I heard those stories. Many of these people in the Bible found themselves in situations where they felt like God wasn't showing up in the midst of their troubles, heartaches and Plan B moments. I really enjoyed how he pointed out the differences in the best ways to handle it and the worst ways to handle it when you find yourself facing a Plan B for your life.

It's hard to sum up everything Wilson says, but I put down the book feeling encouraged. He uses words well to teach us how we can better approach Plan B situations and how to understand exactly where God's hand is in the midst of them.

I honestly have a hard time reading many "Christian living" books these days, mostly because I feel like they all can be full of opinion and often regurgitate the same info over and over. I didn't find that to be true with this book. Wilson offers a fresh perspective on how to handle those moments when you feel like God has abandoned you and nothing is going quite right. When I found out he's a pastor at a church here in Nashville, I immediately decided that I want to visit there. If his lessons are anything like this book, I know I'll gain something from them.

1 comment:

Christy said...

Thanks for posting! I'm definitely going to check out BookSneeze!