Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Plan B

I first stumbled across Pete Wilson's blog a year or so ago. I enjoy reading his perspective on life and hearing about his viewpoint of Scripture. Of course I knew he was writing a book and figured that I would try to get my hands on it eventually. Then, one day while I was home working on homework I looked at Twitter and saw that he had linked to a way to get a free copy of his book.

Free? I was in!

After looking at the link I was really in because it led me to BookSneeze, a brainchild of Thomas Nelson Publishers. Basically, if you're a blogger you can get free books to review. Free books = happy Rachel!

So I signed up and waited until noon so I could request Plan B. Of course, because I am not the only person following Pete's blog/Twitter, he crashed the Internet because there were so many of us trying to get the book. Well, an hour and a half later I prevailed and soon enough Plan B made its way to Montana!

This is a book that I savored. I did not sit down and read it from cover to cover in one day. Instead, I pulled out my pink highlighter and slowly went through it, chapter by chapter, day by day.

When reading the stories of Biblical Plan B's, such as Joseph, Job, Abraham and the disciples, I was reminded once again of how much I can't comprehend our God. As C.S. Lewis says, "He is not a tame lion." I can't put God in a box and open it only when I want something to pop out. He is not our puppet and we do not pull the strings. He is in control. End of story.

So, when we come to a situation where things don't seem to be working out, we have choices. We can get mad, yell, scream, cry and block God out. Or, we can yell, scream, and cry out TO God, letting Him into our pain and letting Him guide our steps down the path we might not have chosen. That is when beauty happens. That is when God does a work through us that we could not have imagined. Sure, it would be easier if our Plan A's would have worked out, but our God is not a God that we can give a lesson plan to. It doesn't work that way and Pete's book is a great reminder of that truth.

His writing convicted me of my own prosperity gospel, believing that God is only supporting me in the good times. The Biblical truths put forth in Pete's book are ones that will stand the test of the time, the test of trials and the test of life. We might not do it perfectly, but no matter where we go, or what we do, God is there with us, walking beside us, even when we're on a path we didn't choose. And that is comfort indeed.

If you are going through a situation you didn't ask for, or think you might someday (hint: you will), you need to pick up this book!

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Plan B from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review. I was not paid or coerced to say anything I did say*

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