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Book Review: Plan B
May 3, 2010, 9:19 am
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Plan B –  What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would?  

By Pete Wilson

My Review:

How many times have we all said- this wasn’t the way it was supposed to turn out! This isn’t what I planned! We all think that we have such control over our lives, we live day to day with the authority to make decisions for ourselves and our family that we feel is best and we go with it. Some people are more controlling than others in their quest for the “perfect life”. Ultimately though at one point or another I think we all come to the realization that WE do not have the ultimate control over our lives, God does. This is a very difficult realization to discover for many people, and oftentimes it comes smacking us in the face when we are down and want to blame someone…something…anything besides ourselves. We get mad, sad, frustrated and feel let down, how can God love us and still let us live the lives that He does? With so much pain and uncertainty, so many ups and downs, how can a God that loves us let these things happen? This is what the author Pete Wilson discusses in Plan B. The book is about how even when we are questioning everyone and everything around us about things that have happened in our lives, God is always there, just many times in ways in which we don’t see.

I think during this time of our lives when so many friends and neighbors are struggling with the loss of jobs, loss of houses, loss of spouses, we are ALL affected in one way or another and question why these things are happening. I have been in the midst of discussions with friends that are so difficult, so many questions of why? and what do I do now? These aren’t easy questions to answer, but to be able to give a friend this book and have them read what Plan B is and how Pete Wilson gives a different perspective on things and hope for the future is worth the price of admission (buying the book).

It is a great read for anyone, because at this time of great uncertainty even if you aren’t going through a rough time yourself, you know someone that is. And chances are that at some point you’ll be traveling down a path in your life you weren’t anticipating, and this little book might just be the resource to support you and get you through.

Book Description:

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 them to learn God is working to help them surrender their plans to receive His. He identifies our common responses to difficulties and offers hope, helping us to

Understand what God might be up to See how surrender helps us to receive God’s plan Embrace the community of believers Reconcile a God of love with a life of tragedy and suffering Wilson points readers to the cross as not just the starting line but the centerpiece of our stories with God where we turn in our Plan B and find the undeniable relationship between crisis and true spiritual transformation

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Book Review: You Can Be Everything God Wants You to Be
April 27, 2010, 11:36 am
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You Can Be Everything God Wants You to Be  

By Max Lucado

You Can Be Everything God Wants You to Be is a condensed version of his book the Cure for the Common Life. Both of which are excellent reads with an amazing message. The beauty of You Can Be Everything God Wants You to Be is that it is short and to the point while packing a powerful message in easy to read hardcover book. This is a perfect gift for a new grad or a person struggling through a tough time. Max Lucado continues to amaze me with his writing, it is a sermon in a book, complete with humor and personal touches that make it easy to read and apply to everyday life. I like that he doesn’t come across as perfect, he doesn’t “preach” in the sense that he tells a message, but in a loving and supportive way while bringing his own experiences to his writing. This little book is really a must-have for anyone’s bookshelf. I can see myself coming back to it on a day where I am feeling frustrated and alone, it has a backbone and as always Max is able to support his faith that God has the big plan and that we need to just be patient and listen and that the Lord will lead the way and that He ultimately wants the best for us. I am fortunate to have read this book and would recommend it to just about anyone.

Book Description:

God made only one version of you. He custom designed you for a one-of-a-kind assignment.

You are heaven’s Halley’s comet; we have one chance to see you shine. You offer a gift to the world that no one else brings. So find it and bring it! And when you do, both you and God will smile.

Yes, you can be everything God wants you to be.

Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes, I was not compensated in any other way for my thoughts and the opinions expressed in this review are my own thoughts and words.

Book Review: Free* Book
February 24, 2010, 7:02 pm
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Free* Book                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                By Brian Tome 

This was an interesting book with a twist on traditional conservative thought that brings to light a compelling question- how to be free and let go of all of the constraints that we as Christians often times place not only on each other but on ourselves. The author is passionate about freedom in Christ through a relationship with Him. He takes the tone of agitator throughout the book, oftentimes creating a sense of aggression against those who constantly follow the rules with a strict sense of doing what is “right” in the eyes of so many. The author creates a new sense of self in those that break the rules and live a life of freedom, yet still comply with the life of a Christian- loving the Lord with everything that we do. As he states (and I believe) Jesus was a man that loved everyone, not just those that were clean and well-to-do, he loved the dirtiest, filthiest and poorest and brought them into His kingdom for no other reason than that he loves them, as he loves us. Even in the dirty ways in which we live with temptations and lies surrounding us, He loves us completely. The main theme in the book is to let go of those things which bring us down and tie us to the thoughts of “I have to do this to be loved, accepted, etc.”. God loves us, with all of our faults and His true love shines through everything we do. He wants us to live fully with freedom to live a life created by Him.

There are challenges in getting through the book at the author consistently challenges conservative thinking on so many levels. I think he was trying to punch though the wall that many have that Christians are uptight, rule givers who don’t have any fun (which is unfortunately true in way too many cases).

Throughout the book I liked that the Scripture being referenced was both natural in the conversation and referenced at the bottom of the page. The principles were solid and the suggestions to break bondage, deal with the spiritual, and enjoy freedom were presented much well as the book progressed. My thoughts on the book- it is worth the read if you take it with a grain of salt and apply it to your own life as applicable.

Thomas Nelson provided this complimentary copy to me for review.