Book Review | Plan B

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

Author: Pete Wilson

About the Book:

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?

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.

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 PlanB 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 Review:

I think I have found a little treasure here is this book. There are a rare amount of people, I think, who would say life has turned out the way they expected… for a lot of us, life has been made up of many disappointments, tragedies and unfulfilled dreams.

So what do you do with that? How can you “keep on keepin’ on” when you feel like life has let you down? Many people blame God, blame themselves and get stuck in a rut of self-pity and asking God why he would let such things happen.

This book is such an encouragement though. It’s almost like Mr. Wilson is giving you permission to feel those feelings, but he is also saying, now let it go and move on. Move on. Sounds easier than it is, but not impossible.

I think this author thought of everything. He has lists of disappointments covering everything from lack of a love live, divorce, death of a child, sickness~ and the list goes on. But it’s not all sorrow and “woe is me.” Mr. Wilson dares to offer “solutions” to break free of your cycle of thinking this is as good as life gets and God hates me.

Oddly enough, the solution is God. Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book.{page 173}“While life is uncertain, God is not. While our power is limited, God is limitless. While our hope may be fragile, God is hope himself.”

I will be passing this book along to my friends and family… it may end up gift-wrapped for some. I just think it is an encouragement and reminder that how we react to what happens to us in life, determines how our life will be. A lot depends on our very mindset and how we choose to handle any given situation.

I highly recommend this book. Try the website. There’s a great little video there.

*I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a sample of the product to try and provide an honest review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own and have not been influenced in any way.*

Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available May 2010 at your favourite bookseller.


Vicki is a single woman living in Nova Scotia, Canada who loves to read, sing, cook for her friends and family and scrapbook. She loves to keep busy, hang out with her boyfriend and his cat and only sits still long enough to read and review books for "Simply Stacie."

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