Book reviews can be so impersonal. I don’t mind being impersonal if I simply like a book, but if I love the message of a book, it’s tough for me to do a typical review. Ever read books that give words to the message God has been writing on your heart?
That’s the way I feel about Plan B.
Pete Wilson is my favorite online pastor/teacher. When I heard he was writing a book I was happy for him. But I got really excited when I found out the name of the book.
Plan B~What do you do when God doesn’t show up the way you thought He would?
Excited, but honestly also a tiny bit nervous. What would he say? Would he give 5 easy steps to conquering your crisis? Would he tell me to grow my faith and believe for a miracle, that God didn’t bring us here to let us fail? Would he say that if only we get to the “root”, God will heal our physical illness?That God never gives us more than we can handle?
These are all things I’ve heard before from well-meaning people, from the pulpit and from other books but as I’ve traveled different paths of pain in my life, God has given me a polar opposite view.
No matter how hard I prayed, how many scriptures I memorized, how much “inner healing” I experienced, how much I “stood on scripture” reminding God of His promises… God didn’t show up for me the way I’d been taught He would time and time again.
He was strangely silent when I found myself alone and without a job with three babies under 4 and 1/2, and when my little brother lost his battle with Ewings Sarcoma after nearly ten years of fighting.
I’ve never felt more confused about God than when The Husband and I bought a business with the counsel of every single Godly person we knew, only to lose it (and lots more) within 5 years.
My world went completely out of control when my precious mom, at only 65, went in for a routine test and never left the hospital.
So many times I needed God to come through, He didn’t.At least not the way I wanted Him to. Not the way I believed He would.
For so long I’ve been searching for a different truth about those utterly chaotic times in my life. Over the past two years, I’ve been able to find peace and faith. Not in what God does but in who God is.
And to me, that’s the beautiful message of this book.
Pastor Pete uses his own Plan B stories, stories of people he knows, as well as beloved Biblical characters who walked their own journey’s through pain, to gently shine a light of hope on times when God doesn’t seem to be showing up.
Here are a few of my favorite things from the book…
“We get ourselves into all kinds of trouble when we assume God must think and feel as we do.”
“When people ask me how they can know God’s will for their lives, I tell them the best first step is to know God. Beyond that I really don’t have any steps.”
“Just because God calls you to some venture, that doesn’t guarantee the venture will succeed.”
“…it’s as much about the person we’re becoming as it is about where we’re going.”
“God is more interested in your character than your comfort.”
“Can you believe that God is in control now, when your life isn’t?”
“What if we viewed our hardships and challenges as opportunities to be the men or women God has created us to be? What would happen if we stopped grabbing for what we’re owed and tried to receive each moment with gratitude?”
“Here’s the truth…throughout your life you will face one situation after another that will be completely beyond what you can handle.”(“My grace is sufficient for you…“)
“I’ve discovered that sometimes God wants us to live inside of the questions. Sometimes He wants us to linger in the waiting, hoping , praying. In fact, sometimes it’s right in the middle of our darkness, in the middle of our crisis, in the middle of our Plan B struggles that God speaks most clearly.”
“I believe there is a God who says through the cross: I love you. I’m in control. And I can use your worst experiences for eternal good.”
“The cross is proof that He does not always change the circumstances, but that He works every circumstance to His purpose.”
“Will we ever understand our Plan B dilemmas? On this side of heaven, probably not. Does the way we respond to them matter? More than you will ever know.”
I’ve already sent this book to 2 of my friends who are in painful situations. I highly recommend it if you find yourself in the middle of your own Plan B…
Love to you my friends…