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)