Genre: Christian Living
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: May 4, 2010
What do you do when life doesn't take the turns you expected, when God doesn't work things together according to your plans and you find yourself circling the wagons and re-calibrating your life? These types of situations are the focus of Pete Wilson's first book, Plan B. Wilson doesn't offer easy solutions (3 Steps to a Better Marriage, etc.) or empty theological platitudes. Instead, the book offers his honest reflections on life's difficulties, drawing heavily from his experience as a pastor.
The result is a book that has some weaker chapters (especially towards the beginning), but in the end points people the only place they should look: God's character and the cross.
Some of those earlier chapters honestly worried me a bit. Things were pretty surface level and the book seemed clearly targeted more towards new believers or even non-believers, which is great, but I was hoping for more. As the book went on, however, and as Wilson shared story after heartbreaking story of families facing difficulties while pointing to the cross, he mostly won me over.
I would still say this book would serve as a great resource for newer believers, but we can all use reminders that God is sovereign in our lives and in control, even in "Plan B" situations. Some seasoned believers might have a few issues here and there with Wilson's use of scripture (mostly eisegesis - where Wilson is reading his point into the text instead of gleaning meaning from the text), but his points are never un-biblical. There were just a few times where he really stretched the application of a story or over-simplified it.
Overall, I think this could be a valuable book for many Christians today. With the economy, unemployment, and other issues making life difficult (not to mention the flooding in Nashville where Wilson pastors - talk about an ironic Plan B for the release of the book), people need to be reminded that God's goodness and love for us isn't dependent upon circumstances working out like we want; it's based on the very character of God and the hope of the cross. Wilson meets struggling people where they are and gives them both in this book.
This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson.