Been there. Done that. Plenty of Plan B's in my life. Some as light as dandelion fluff. Some as heavy as a bloated hippo.
Plans fizzled. Dreams shattered. Expectations failed. People let me down. Life smacked me upside the head. Life slammed me to the ground.
You've been there, too, in some form. And will again.
Enter this book written by Pete Wilson, lead pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
He asks, "What do you do when God doesn't show up for you in the way you thought God was going to show up?"
Pete's weathered his own Plan B's. And held others through theirs--a family whose pregnant teen delivered a stillborn, a marriage battered by pornography and an affair, a missionary couple who turned to Plan B and Plan C with an unexpected pregnancy and ensuing complications.
Pete made me laugh and cry. He writes with an engaging style and makes scripture stories sparkle. I saw things I didn't before.
I lingered over this statement, "The greatest of all illusions is the illusion of control."
In fact, I lingered over many statements.
Pete talks about the importance of community when traveling through the dark and the importance of authenticity. "We'll never know what might have happened if people had been able to open their lives up enough to hear--and to say--'me too.'" So many of us huddle in shame or fear of judgment instead of sharing hurts to receive healing.
Been there. Done that.
We can be transformed through tragedy.
Pete doesn't have all the answers, but he offers an anchor.
Have you lived a Plan B? Are you living a Plan B? If not, a Plan B looms.
Someone you know struggling with a Plan B? If not, you will.
You need this book.
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Copyright © 2010 by Sandra Heska King
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