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

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  811 ratings  ·  109 reviews
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 t ...more
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Published May 1st 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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What a profound book! Every Christian should read this book - we all have times, where we just feel like God has left us to flounder in our circumstances. This book reminds us that God is always with us, even if we don't 'feel' like He is. He always loves us, even if we don't 'feel' it right now. Do bad things happen to good people? Yes. Why? He admits he does not know - but I liked that - he didn't claim to have all the answers - he just pointed us back to where we need to be. Believe in God -t ...more
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.

In my experience the biggest problem we have as Christians & as Christian church families is getting stuck in what the author Pete Wilson calls the pervasive lie that says "If you do good, God will bless you with good, and if you do bad, God will allow bad to happen to you." This is simply not true. It was nice to have a Christian book tackle this lie and bring to the forefront of our spiritual lives. Unlike other Christian books I've read Plan B, didn't pretend to know all the answers like, ...more
Jun 06, 2010 Sandra rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
First the good news: This book begins with some great truths that even seasoned Christians may need to be reminded of from time to time.
Everyone at some point wakes up to discover that a part of their life is going to be nothing like it was planned. What happens when it seems that God's promises to you are not being accomplished? Pete Wilson reminds us of the experiences of Bible characters and uses modern day stories from his experiences as a pastor to attempt to help people face those question
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 ...more
Daniel Butcher
Pete Wilson in Plan B takes his readers through various stages of what happens when one’s plans fall apart, or as Wilson says what happens when God doesn’t show up the way you planned. As a pastor, Wilson lives and works among those experiencing personal tragedies and triumphs. Wilson sprinkles his book with stories of these folks and their Plan B experiences along with Biblical principals pulled from the lives of Biblical figures and the teachings of Jesus. In the end, Wilson admits he does not ...more
Our Sunday School class just finished a 10-week study of Pete Wilson's amazing book. There was so much relevance to each of our lives with the discussions of the inevitable Plan B's that make up a huge portion of our life's struggles. Pete's writing is so down to earth and done in such a manner that makes it easy to understand. We all gained so much from "Plan B" and especially Pete's ultimate statement that it is ok to question things that happen in our life, and that even he himself does not h ...more
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 a 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 on
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Life does not always go as planned which is where Plan B By Pete Wilson comes into play. Through the use of Biblical and modern references, Wilson assures the reader that God does not leave a person in need; rather He is always present, even if one does not see it at the time. Many would be hard pressed to view the loss of a job, a home, or loved one as a blessed event, yet Wilson gently guides the reader toward a healing and more positive approach to some of life's curve balls. W
I've been following Pete Wilson for about a year now, both on Twitter and through his blog, Without Wax. I've been very inspired by his approach to preaching God's word - he's not preachy, he's real. He doesn't put himself up on a pedestal; he admits to having the same faults as you and I. He doesn't condemn you for making mistakes; he shows you the path to correcting them and avoiding them in the future. And he makes the Bible accessible by relating Scripture to current real life situations.

Victor Gentile
I had the privilege of interviewing Pete Wilson, on our radio show "Kingdom Highlights", for his new book, "Plan B" What do you do when God doesn't show up the way you thought He would? published by Thomas Nelson.

Let me start out by saying that there are some books, not many, that need to be read many, many times so that the depth of what has been written gets into the depth of us. This book is one of them. Pete Wilson is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN and h
Pete Wilson, a pastor writes his book with gusto. He has many great ideas, he writes well and uses fun, interesting stories to illustrate his thoughts. Pete also uses modern language which makes Plan B a fun, easy to read book.

What happens when things don't go your way, do you just give up and blame God, or do you have a plan B, are you able to overcome the hurdles? "What do you do when God doesn't show up the way you thought he would?" This book tells of many people who have learned to cope by
“Plan B” is about dealing with the unexpectedness of life; the disappointments, the frustrations, the tragedies, all the twists and turns — and how necessary it is to trust God, not just in spite of everything that’s happening, but in the midst of everything that’s happening. Author Pete Wilson is the pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN. He’s not only seen a lot of life’s ups and downs throughout his congregation and the congregations of his previous churches, but he’s also experienced ...more
Brandon Gilbert
When I first signed up to review the book, Plan B: What do you do when God doesn't show up the way you thought he would? I didn't realize that I would actually be using the book to help review my own life. Never has a book captured my attention, convicted me, and caused me to change my line of thinking quite like Plan B. And that was all within the first 25 pages.

Combining personal stories with the Biblical stories of David, Joseph (of The Coat of Many Colors fame), Ruth, and Joshua, Pastor and
I am not a Christian. But I am an open-minded and fair person. One of the first things I liked about this book was that in the beginning, the author addresses non-Christians in a nice and nonjudgmental way. But unfortunately, that is one of the only real good things I have to say about this book. I think that the author's style of writing is much more suited to books talking teenagers and young adults as opposed to adults dealing with life events. A casual writing style is fine for this style of ...more
"He (God) knows what you're going through. He's right beside you, sharing your pain, even though he may not take it away." pg. 96

What do you do when your plan for something falls through? "Plan B" offers encouragement and strength through Scripture passages, personal stories, and wise applications that you can keep going. Pete Wilson masterfully shows how God stays with us though all the storms in our lives, never leaving even though we may think otherwise. Can you still praise Him when things
We all have dreams and goals (Plan A), but things happen that interrupt our Plan A and we find ourselves in Plan B, not exactly what we dreamed of. This book, Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? by Pete Wilson shares stories of people from the Bible, along with current-day people's lives, that show how to continue to trust God in the Plan B scenario. It's a very readable book. I appreciated the down-to-earth style of writing, and I could definitely see h ...more
"Plan B" is a great book by Nashville pastor Pete Wilson. The book tackles the issue of what to do when things don't work out according to our own plans. I felt the central theme of the book is: "When life isn't turning out the way we had hoped, we almost always default as if God has abandoned us."

Pete includes several antidotes form his own life and people he has known to give clear illustrations of ways. He also includes examples from the Bible and puts some of those characters' lives and deci
Plan B
Author: Pete Wilson
Nashville, Thomas Nelson, 2010
Number of pages: 226

Tweet from Pete Wilson: Hey @crosspoint_tv!!!! We need your help today. Can you take the day off and join us.

Another tweet: - Part of the boat tour I took this afternoon. This is not normally a river...

More: Thanks to @dinorizzo for all of his help in our flood relief. Love partnering with other churches!! #servolution

If you're headed to @crosspoint_tv
Sandra (I don't read, I devour.)
This book has literally changed my life and my outlook on it. I cannot name the amount of times Pastor Wilson's words had me crying and laughing. With all the "health and wellness" books out there, it was refreshing to find a book on this subject that didn't say... "yes you're hurting, but if you would just do this God will play Santa and fix everything for you". Btw... if you attend a church like that... it's untrue heresy and you need to find another church that preaches the bible... not jus ...more
Mandy J. Hoffman

Everyone has been talking about this book, and while this review is on the tale end of the big buzz, I was excited to get the opportunity to read and review it. Plan B is a fresh look at life as it really is - changing, heart-wrenching, un-plan-able.

Pete Wilson, lead Pastor at Cross Point Church, shares from the heart and from the Word of God about the Plan B's in our life and how we know that God is still in control. I appreciate his very honest approach and tone through out this book
May 05, 2010 dvd rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: religion, non-fiction
What Do You Do When God Doesn’?t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? This is the subtitle of Pete Wilson’s newest book Plan B. In a book pointing to the fact that God is in control of everything at the end of the day, Wilson attempts to point Christian believers to the fact that God’s way is rarely in line with the way our feeble minds may imagine. Through a depressing group of stories of loss in the modern world, Wilson intermingles Biblical stories to show that at the end of the day, trustin ...more
Eric Taylor
What happens when life doesn’t or isn’t working out quite like you planned? You have to revert to Plan B. I just finished reading my friend Pete Wilson’s new book that reminds us that we all go through times when our dreams and plans are shattered. We feel let down, abandoned and even question why God would let this happen to us… after all, we are his followers. Why would he not rescue us from the pain and heartbreak we face? Through the pages of this book Pete helps us navigate through those qu ...more
I first became aware of Nashville superstar pastor Pete Wilson when he followed me on twitter. I popped over to his blog, and his wife's, and found him warm and likable. So I followed him back and have been watching him from afar for many months. I was intrigued by the book he was finishing up: Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn't Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? With a subtitle like that, who wouldn't be? When I had the opportunity to receive a copy for review, I jumped at the chance.

Pete Wilson takes us through various plan B type situations, and, as the sub-title suggests, asks what we do when God doesn’t know up the way we thought he would. The clear and overall message of this book is everyone goes through plan b situations, and Wilson adds that if you haven’t yet, you will. It’s a harsh truth of the world, and Wilson is hoping to meet that truth head on with comforting, inspiration, or restorative truth that God is still there.

As someone who has struggled with churchian
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This is one of the most life changing books I've ever read. I didn't know what to expect from this book, but it has given me many things to think about during my plan B! Now instead of feeling lost, I feel I have an idea of what to do next and how to move forward when I didn't think there was a way to move forward. This is a must read for everyone regardless of where you are in life!
Michael Brown
Plan B: What do you do when God doesn’t show up the way you thought he would? By Pete Wilson is an amazing book. This book lives up to the hype and possibly is even better than all the hype around it.

Pete looks at the lives of a couple of different people from the Bible, David, Joseph, Mary, Martha, and Job to name a few. As Dr. John Townsend says in his endorsement of the book “Pete Wilson is a fresh voice…” and I could not agree more.

As he says throughout the book Plan B’s are more often the r
Maria Elmvang
Lots of questions, but no real answers. Basically this book gave a lot of examples of situations where people were forced into a Plan B, and then related their responses to it. But the only answer offered to the subject question is "Trust" ... and perhaps "Hope". Both true answers to be sure, but nothing I wasn't aware of already.

But to be fair, I don't exactly now what other kind of answer I was looking for... possibly just some more concrete examples of how to trust in God. Rather than just of
Plan B
By Pete Wilson
Published by Thomas Nelson

Lead pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, Pete Wilson answers the question, “What do you do when God doesn’t show up the way you though He would?” He describes this inevitability as “Plan B”. Drawing wisdom from the Word, life experience, and the heart wrenching accounts of friends and congregants, Pete discusses and acknowledges the pain and suffering that comes from the inescapable Plan B’s of our lives and offers hope for our fut
I've never had a book share such hard truth with such kindness and understanding. I so appreciated that Pete Wilson didn't provide false hope or easy answers because that's not life. He definitely provided hope and encouragement, but it was the kind that comes from Jesus, not the things that can change or go away.

I'd say it is a must read and I rarely say that, especially about Christian Living books.
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“I've discovered that sometimes God wants us to live inside of the questions. Sometimes he wants us to linger in the waiting, hoping, praying. In fact, sometimes it's right in the middle of our darkness in the middle of our crisis, in the middle of our Plan B struggles that God speaks most clearly.” 7 likes
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