Book Review: Plan B by Pete Wilson

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Author: Pete Wilson
Review by: Antwuan Malone

What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would?

Quick Take:

Plan B is one of the most honest books I have ever read, which is a pretty impressive  feat for a Christian author. Often times, books like these are too feel good and fairy tale to have lasting relevance with someone who is really going through rough times. But not so here. Plan B speaks with candor and honesty about the crappiness of being in Plan B, and in so doing, earns our ear for his latter message of hope and grace. Highly recommended.

The Skinny:

Most people will be drawn to this because of the question in its title. But honestly, the thing that made me want to buy this book was the questions I found in the “For Thought and Discussion” section at the end. I was expecting your run of the mill Bible study questions (which frankly bore the heck out of me), when I found question 1 for chapter 8.

“Have you always assumed, like so many others, that the bible promises God will never give us more than we can handle? Why do you think the chapter calls this “whacked theology”?

I thought, hmm. I think it was one of those Barnes and Nobles review applets that I saw it on, and so I became interested in what the heck chapter 8 had to say.

So I bought the book and started at chapter one, and was blown away at Pete’s honest and candid voice. Pete navigates the disappointments of Plan B scenarios in the Bible, in the real life stories of real people (including his own), with sensitivity and purpose. Pete helps us learn that we are not alone in our Plan B situations. His use of biblical stories (most poignant for me was the story of Joseph) are neither forced nor offensive.  And his use of real life stories are relatable and memorable.

It is no wonder this book has seen great success. It is a conversation in which all audiences can  participate, from the conservative Southern Baptist Bible Belter, to the cynical agnostic.  This book offers the common denominator of failed dreams (and let’s face it, we all have them) and redeems it.  I will recommend this book often. And frankly, you should too!

Favorite Quotes:

“In a word, the forecast for your life here on this earth is trouble.”

“We’re called to be faithful to God even when it seems he hasn’t been faithful to us. We’re called to love him even when we feel abandoned. We’re called to look for him even in the midst of the darkness. We’re called to worship him even through our tears.”

“There is no doubt that sometimes Christian community can be a dangerous place when your dreams shatter. Christians (like other sinners) can be guilty of clichéd answers, untruthful promises, and false expectations”

“The reality is:

  • Christians often have more questions than answers.
  • Sometimes we lack the faith that gives us sustained hope.
  • Even though we know God is with us, sometimes we feel utterly and completely alone.
  • Even though we believe, we doubt.
  • And even when we suspect God knows what he is doing, we really don’t want to do things his way

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

Plan B is one of the most honest books I have ever read, which is a pretty impressive  feat for a Christian author. Often times, books like these are too feel good and fairy tale to have lasting relevance with someone who is really going through rough times. But not so here. Plan B speaks with candor and honesty about the crappiness of being in Plan B, and in so doing, earns our ear for his latter message of hope and grace. Highly recommended.

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Antwuan Malone is a Ministry Director at ELEVATE Young Adult Ministry (elevateministry.net) where empowers young adults toward Christian leadership. He is passionate about seeing young adults take their place in church history by drawing near enough to God to hear his call on their life, and courageously living in obedience to that call.
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