Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up The Way You Thought He Would? by Pete WilsonPlan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up The Way You Thought He Would? by Pete Wilson

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

byPete Wilson

Paperback | May 2, 2010

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Learn how God often does his best work in our most hopeless situations. What do you do when a shattered dream or an unmet expectation causes you to turn to Plan B? Pastor and author Pete Wilson uses real life stories of disappointments and tragedy along with biblical stories such as David, Joseph, and Ruth to help readers face their own overwhelming situations and through them to learn God is working to help them surrender their plans to receive his. He identifies our common responses to difficulties and offers hope, helping us to:

  • Understand what God might be up to
  • See how surrender helps us to receive God's plan
  • Embrace the community of believers
  • Reconcile a God of love with a life of tragedy and suffering.

Wilson points readers to the cross as not just the starting line but the centerpiece of our stories with God where we turn in our Plan B and find the undeniable relationship between crisis and true spiritual transformation.

Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Pete desires to see churches become radically devoted to Christ,  irrevocably committed to one another, and relentlessly dedicated to reaching those outside of God's family. Pete and his wife, Brandi, have three boys.
Title:Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up The Way You Thought He Would?Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.63 inShipping dimensions:8.38 × 5.5 × 0.63 inPublished:May 2, 2010Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0849946506

ISBN - 13:9780849946509


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding - now I want to give copies away Pete Wilson put into words some of the thoughts and questions that have run through my mind in times of crisis or pain. He honestly reflects on the reality of life's pain and encourages the reader to look at life through another window. He parallels real life stories with biblical accounts bringing new meaning to both. As I read, I found new meaning to my own past, cried over the pain I have seen in the lives of others and thought of dozens of people who need to read this book. If you are having trouble coming to terms within yourself and the reality of the pain you have or are experiencing, I would highly recommend that you take the journey through this book. You won't be disappointed. It could be the beginning of a healing journey and the discovery of new or deeper faith. Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available now at your favourite bookseller.
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from when life falls apart... Plan B by Pete Wilson is a book that at some point or another, we are all going to need. the subtitle "what do you do when God doesn't show up the way you thought he would?" pretty much sums up why. regardless of what the moment we are currently in holds, there will come another moment when something happens and it feels like all the air has been sucked out of life, and we are left wondering what on earth just happened. a cancer diagnosis. you spouse wants out. your job ends without notice. a loved one dies. or any other of the myriad of ways that our daily lives can be instantly tossed into a blender and no longer seem recognizable. Pete Wilson's book is preparation of sorts, for these times. in each chapter, he uses not only personal examples, but also biblical ones of lives turned upside down and fully in need of a Plan B. Job, Joseph, even Jesus' mother Mary {among others} all have situations in their lives where what they had originally planned didn't work out, and a new reality was born. how they handled the change, the situation, and their response to God are the focus of these chapters, and help the reader understand how we, when faced with similar situations, need to respond. as someone who has her own control issues, worries more than she wants, and is far more driven by fear than she would like, this book spoke to me on many levels. trouble comes, on many levels, usually when you least expect it. of this we have no control. but what we can control are our actions and reactions when we need to abandon Plan A for what comes next. Plan B is excellent hope and wisdom to help us do just that. Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available May 2010 at your favourite bookseller.
Date published: 2010-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Struggling in life - what is your Plan B? Did you ever had a dream starting and then deflate as you pursue it? It happened to us more recently as we were planting a different kind of church for different kind of folks. We were reaching out to people in the rave community and anyone who loves to worship God by dancing and drawing. Did we had success? I would say so as more than 100 people were coming to the raves we were putting on and we had a lot of people coming in the church during the services. Our problem? Probably the lack of leaders, wanting to do it too fast, no network support for my husband and I and not enough people during the services to be able to blend in the crowd if you wanted to check it out. So we are back at the drawing board and trying to seek God about what to do next. Our leadership team all sense that we should pursue somehow. Consequently, we are planning a Christian rave for July, September and November. But when the dream had to be closed down back in November, we didn’t know what to do. Depression was looming above us (fortunately at different times) and we were wondering why God would allow this to happen if He blessed us with so many things regarding the church since the beginning – including the incorporation and the insurance that were granted rapidly. What was the plan B for our church plant? Honestly, we still haven’t figure out the plan B. We are still seeking God and His wisdom. We sense that He wants us to persevere through the difficulties and discouragements. We have grown a lot in the past few months and we are still growing. We have different options to consider and we pray more as well. Sometimes, God is teaching us something even though we can seem to see it right away. It takes time and perspective to understand what He was doing in us and around us. And Plan B will help you to decorticate the situation and try to go past the feelings attached to the crisis. The author brings interesting stories to life both from real life and from the Bible. While you read this book you will be more open to see God in the midst of your crisis and realize that you are not alone after all. I am enjoying this book as it helps me to finalize my healing period that was needed in our situation. I see hope again. I see God’s hand guiding our team. I sense that He approves of us and wants to bless the team. Only time will tell what will happen for our church plant. I pray and hope that somehow people will be drawn to it. This review was possible because I received a copy of Plan B from Graf-Martin.
Date published: 2010-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Man's "Plan B" May Very Well Be God's "Plan A" I must say that I am pleasantly surprised by the way Pete Wilson handles the problem of suffering and disappointment in life. Wilson does not come across as a pontificating know-it-all. Neither does he take the cowardly stance of hiding his head under the sand of 'I-Don't-Know.' Wilson knows that a typical person's Plan A frequently fails. For anyone who puts their trust and hopes in a successful Plan A, they will be lost when they are forced to adopt Plan B. Wilson's style is more like a hand-holding style. He does not dismiss the magnitude of the problems. He recognizes that Plan B is almost the defacto plan that many people face. Having recognized that, he leads the reader toward a positive embrace of Plan Bs, especially when our hopes are dashed with a failed primary plan. More importantly, he gently leads the reader beyond focusing on plans, toward focusing on Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith. This alone is worth the price of the book. Harnessing the wisdom of Augustine, St John of the Cross, to the modern preachers such as Francis Chan, Henri Nouwen and Peter Scazzero, Wilson gives the reader a buffet of spiritual encouragement in one volume. This book begins gently with the recognition of tough issues of life. It nudges the reader with a hand-holding atmosphere, and climaxes with an unabashed declaration that hope resides in the cross, in the resurrected Christ. This book is Pete Wilson's first attempt. It is not a scholarly treatise. Neither is it a plain devotional for Christians. It is a down-to-earth invitation to the reader to journey with the author, to address an often avoided question in life: "What do we do when God doesn't show up the way we thought He would?" Wilson answers this question brilliantly. In fact, this is a book for all Christians, not just those who are struggling. My favourite quotation in the book is this: "No, my greatest fear for my life and for yours is that we'll just get busy and distracted and settle for a mediocre, unexamined life. It's that we'll just settle into life as usual and never become the persons God intended for us to be." (193) Wow. In this light, perhaps our Plan Bs, are actually God's Plan As, after all. Wonderful. Ratings: 4 stars of 5. A Thomas-Nelson BookSneeze Reviewer.
Date published: 2010-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from plan b by pete wilson When BookSneeze released copies of Plan B by Pete Wilson, the response was so overwhelming that the website crashed. I was able to come back to the computer a couple hours later and request the book, but the mad rush left me feeling very curious in regards to what the book was all about and why it appeared to be in such high demand. Then I saw the tagline and began to put the pieces together. Perhaps (and dare I say unfortunately) it’s not a surprise that many Christians would want to read a book that addresses the following question: what do you do when God doesn’t show up the way you thought he would? The basic premise of the book is to examine what to do with shattered dreams, unmet expectation, what to do when your life isn’t turning out the way you thought it would – what do you do when you have to turn to Plan B? Wilson encourages the reader to see how God often does His best work in our most hopeless situations, and to ultimately to place our hope firmly in him above and beyond the shifting circumstances of life. My sense is that people will be drawn to this book because it presupposes a Plan A that revolves around personal success and happiness (a happy marriage, happy and healthy children, financial stability etc), and as the ways of the dominant social, cultural and political powers have become increasingly embedded into what we perceive to be the Way of Jesus, the lines between what we perceive to be ‘the life God has for us’ and the true path of discipleship have become so blurred that when our Plan A expectations fall apart, we are left paralyzed and unsure of where to turn. While Wilson – through a deep gift of storytelling and by way of biblical interpretation – is able to respond to these questions in ways that will offer encouragement and hope to the reader, my problem with this is that we seem to be asking the wrong questions. Take, for example, what Wilson refers to as ‘the ultimate Plan B’: Jesus has just been crucified, and his disciples are left wondering how their Messiah could have possibly ended up on a Roman cross. The problem, of course, is that their expectations of what a Messiah should be were askew. They were hoping for one that would overthrow the Roman Empire and vindicate God’s chosen people; their Plan A revolved around success and power, but what they got instead was weakness and death. What they failed to see was that “the way of (Jesus) is not the way of upward mobility in which our world has invested so much, but the downward mobility ending on the cross … (a Way) in which the suffering servant of God, Jesus Christ, is made manifest.” (Henri Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus.) Wilson, no doubt, is on to this, and the best bits of the book are those where he questions our expectations, and even go so far as to call them idols. Chapter 10 was a big highlight of the book for me, wherein he offers up some very solid thought. However, this book appears to be so sold on the Plan B metaphor that it gets caught in this constant tension between the upward mobility of our Plan A’s and the downward mobility of the cross, allowing it to ultimately lend itself to the brand of comfortable and self-focused North American Christianity that (sadly) we all know and love. In other words, in reading this book, I did not feel a push to imagine a different way, to be called out of the old and into something new by looking past ourselves and entering into the brokenness and suffering of others. Disciples of Jesus are to be defined by their capacity to love the other, and it is this relentless love of the other that sets the kingdom of God apart from any other way the world can know. I would suggest that perhaps it would be more helpful if we were to ask the following questions: a) how can we re-frame our expectations in order to more fully embrace the Way of Jesus and the downward mobility of the cross?; and b) how can we as the church more effectively and meaningfully enter into the brokenness and suffering of others so that we might become the kind of loving community that embodies the Kingdom among us as opposed to mirroring the world around us? I believe that as we wrestle with these questions and seek to embody the answers to them, we might begin to experience the communion with God and with others that is necessary in order to sustain our faith in the midst of whatever might come our way. In short, I would say that there were moments in Plan B that truly did speak to me, where I felt both challenged and encouraged in regards to keeping a proper, God-centred perspective through both the worries and blessings of every-day life. At the same time, it left me longing for a push to move beyond self and come alongside the other in the midst of their brokenness and suffering, a push that the church today so desperately and constantly needs.
Date published: 2010-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Valuable Book This book was a timely and enjoyable read. I appreciated the idea that calm acceptance is the best way to handle the various circumstances of our lives. This book focuses primarily on what we can do when life doesn’t turn out how we expected it to. In life, we tend to think that if we are good people and are nice to people we will get the life we deserve: Marriage, a couple healthy children, a well-paying job, the opportunity to travel, good health. But life rarely works out that way. Maybe we never marry, maybe we marry but one of us gets sick or dies or cheats or leaves the other. We might get a job, but discover it is not good for us, or we lose the job in painful or unfair way. We might get children, but they might break our hearts or be sick or die. When reality hits, we are stunned, because we thought it was going to be a good life. This books teaches us to relax and accept our life in whatever way it plays out. It is a good book.
Date published: 2010-05-03