Plan B

I read Anne Lamott’s Plan B and wasn’t too high on reading this guy’s plan B, but it didn’t turn out too bad. Here’s a review in Publishers Weekly.

Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would?
Pete Wilson. Thomas Nelson, $14.99 paper (224p) ISBN 978-0-8499-4650-9

This new young voice in evangelical Christian circles, a pastor and church planter in Nashville, finds a distinctive way to weave Bible stories with his own and other life stories. People develop “Plan B,” Wilson argues, when life does not deliver what someone wants. It also entails a firm belief that God is there both in the failure of Plan A and in the redemption that comes in Plan B. Wilson draws on other Christian writers and thinkers as well as the Bible; the foundation for Plan B comes from such Bible texts as John 16:33, in which Jesus says, “ ‘In this life you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.’ ” Wilson cautions that taking only one part of this teaching–either the trouble part or the overcoming part–leads to bad theology. Good theology comes from holding these two together in tension, balancing disappointment and suffering with faith in a loving God. While the teaching is sound, the way he delivers it needs tweaking; Wilson’s writing lacks the kind of humility that draws the reader in. (May)

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