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May

May Blog Tour: “Plan B”

   Posted by: Faith   in Tasty Tomes

Heidy-ho, good neighbors! (Does anyone else miss Wilson from Home Improvement, or is that just me?)

It’s that time of month again (no, not THAT time, ladies)… the time where we look at all the lovely books sent for review by Graf-Martin Communications/Baker/Revell and this month, also Thomas Nelson.

I have four books to show you this month: three non-fiction and slightly related in terms of topic, and one fiction that I think you’ll be surprised by (if you’ve been reading this blog for a little while).

This month, we’ll start with the three non-fiction books and end off with fiction. Remember, these three non-fictions are somewhat related in content, so if this is an area of reading that interests you, RSS this baby and come back over the next few days. You might also find a book among these ones that you’ll want to pass on to a friend or relative (I know I did).

So, today? We start with Plan B.

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

Book Trailer (it’s interesting, watch it if you’d prefer not to read the summary):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C34l01O8rI0

Summary (from the publisher):

What do you do with a shattered dream? Or an unmet expectation? What do you 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?
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In Plan B pastor and author Pete Wilson uses real life stories of disappointments and hurts along with the biblical stories of men and women like David, Joseph, and Ruth to help readers come to grips with the truth that they will face situations that in themselves they are completely unable to handle but that in them God is simply trying to get them to surrender their plans so that they can receive His.
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Wilson points readers to the cross as not just the starting line but the centerpiece of our story with God and shares that it is there we turn in our Plan B and find the undeniable relationship between crisis and our hope followed by true spiritual transformation. “God wants to live inside the questions” says Wilson and then reminds us that “the cross is proof that He does not always change the circumstance but that He always has a purpose in every circumstance. He will never let go of us. He will hold us and His cross will be an anchor for us.”

My Thoughts:

Plan B is “one of those books”… the kind you pick up when you’re in the midst of struggling with a circumstance in your life, or if you know a friend or relative who’s struggling and you’re looking for some way to help comfort them… only to find more packed inside the pages than you expected. The author is speaking to you, and you’re amazed at the truth behind the words.

All of us have something in our lives that didn’t go the way we planned, and I’d be willing to take bets on the chances that we think about it and wonder “what if?” or “why me?” from time to time.

Wilson’s book speaks to those longings and wonderings, and helps us understand what to do when it’s time to turn to Plan B. Or, how to keep on going if you’ve been stuck on Plan B for awhile now.

I honestly don’t want to say much else about it, because I think the book trailer says enough for you to know whether or not this is the kind of book you want or need (or that someone you know wants or needs). But I’ll also say that Wilson doesn’t let you off easy, either — there are no pat answers, trite responses, or cliched phrases of comfort.

He hits readers with biblical wisdom, logical thinking, and the hard truth that you need to hear. I was skeptical of the book at first, I’ll admit (but that’s not unusual for me) and was impressed with what I came away with. It may not be easy to read if you’re struggling with life not turning out how you’d planned, but I think you’ll come away a stronger person for it.

After all, life never goes the way we expect — that’s why it’s called living and not coasting.

My verdict? This is one for the bookshelves. Re-read as necessary. Pass on where you see need.

Rest assured in the ‘plan Bs’ of life.

Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available May 2010 at your favourite bookseller.

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2 comments so far

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It’s true, many things don’t so the way we planned. Nice to see how different people tackle this issue. Thanks for the review!

May 29th, 2010 at 2:10 pm
Faith
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You’re welcome, thanks for coming by! I like that books like this remind me that I’m not the only one for whom life doesn’t go the way I’ve planned… it’s not so bad, when I think of it that way! :)

May 31st, 2010 at 1:00 pm

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