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I was skeptical about reviewing Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? for Thomas Nelson Publishers. Its author is Pete Wilson, of megachurch fame. If you’ve read here long, you know that I’m not a fan of the emergent, “seeker sensitive,” touchy-feely, Willow Creek, Rob Bell/Velvet Elvis, call-it-what-you-will form of Christianity. Yet, that appears to be the type of church Wilson pastors. So I approached this book with the proverbial grain of salt nearby.
However, the premise was irresistible: What do you do when God doesn’t show up the way you thought He would? I think each of us can relate to that question in some way or another. All of us have faced (and many of us face on a daily basis) disappointment with at least some aspect of our lives. Wilson asserts: If you don’t change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?
Within the first few chapters, my suspicions were confirmed: the book reads like a new-age church sermon, with lots of phrases like homeboy, screw this, and dude. Wilson compares himself with singer Keith Urban, and uses a lot family-friendly amateur night at the comedy club humor: “Plan Bs – or is that Plans B?” (drumroll, please!)
Overall, the book was a letdown to me, which was disappointing, but not really unexpected I suppose. I can sum it up this way: open your Bible and read the stories of David, Moses, Job, Ruth and Joseph. They are Bible characters who lived a long, long time ago. They faced changes in plans – how did they deal with it? Trust God. Don’t give up. God has a plan. He wins in the end.
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I would recommend this book to new Christians or more seasoned believers who would enjoy reading a written discussion about the problems of suffering and disappointment.