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    What Will You Do When Plan A Fails?

    What Will You Do When Plan A Fails?

    So... what do you do when your first plan doesn't work out?  OK... let's say it fails miserably.  Well, you have no other choice but to go with Plan B.  I'm very excited this morning that today is the day that my friend Pete Wilson's new book (coincidentally called "Plan B") is officially released.

    What is somewhat remarkable as well, is that today, Pete finds himself in the middle of a giant "Plan B".  Last week, Pete thought that today would be a day of celebration of his book release.  Instead, he finds himself leading a major flood relief effort in his home town of Nashville.  (Pete's still excited about the book, but he never had conceived or planned for the flood (literally) that would take up his primary attention today.

    Here's the premise of the book:  How do you handle a shattered dream? Or an unmet expectation? What do you do when your life isn't turning out the way you thought it would? What do you do when you have to turn to Plan B?

    In Plan B Pete uses real life stories of disappointments and hurts along with the biblical stories of men and women like David, Joseph, and Ruth to help readers come to grips with the truth that they will face situations that in themselves they are completely unable to handle but that in them God is simply trying to get them to surrender their plans so that they can receive His. He identifies our common responses to difficulties and offers hope, helping us to

    Pete says "God wants to live inside the questions" and then reminds us that "the cross is proof that He does not always change the circumstance but that He always has a purpose in every circumstance. He will never let go of us. He will hold us and His cross will be an anchor for you.

    I encourage you to get your copy today:  Plan B

    You can also check out the book website here...

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    1. CS on Tue, May 04, 2010

      Sounds like a really good premise for a book, actually.  I read the sample chapter and can relate to some of the stories of encounters with people who didn’t have things go as planned. 

      In my particular case, it was a combination of my wife having a miscarriage after being told she was infertile and me learning I have a brain tumor within a six-month period of time.  But the two of us reacted in two radically different ways.  I had a strong theological base that helped me understand why bad things happen.  My wife didn’t, because all she heard from our old church was Romans 8:28 without any context behind it.  And our pastors were of little help to us. 

      (The good news is my tumor is benign, seems to have destroyed itself, and does not require anything than an annual MRI at this point.)

      I hope that this book has that theological basis that can help people understand the bad things in life within a biblical context.  I might have to pick it up and give it a look.

      (Totally off topic, and I hate to say it, but anytime I see Wilson and his hairstyle and dress, I get reminded of this video.


    2. Charles Hill on Tue, May 04, 2010

      I get that…we are working on plan “C”! Congrats Pete! May God bless this book and your relief efforts!

    3. Leonard on Tue, May 04, 2010

      I am so grateful for the whole alphabet.

    4. Peter Hamm on Tue, May 04, 2010

      CS, the abuse of the meaning of Romans 8:28 and similar ridiculousnesses is a pet peeve of mine, too.

      Good to know that your tumor is totally harmless.

      For me, some of my biggest disappointments in life have shaped me in wonderful ways!

    5. JAN on Tue, May 04, 2010

      I think we are on plan Z
      God is good and didn’t let us have plan A-Y

    6. Jonathan on Tue, February 15, 2011

      I had an interesting situation happen to me where Plan B left me in a better place then before. My Plan A would have left me broke and destitute even though I didn’t know it at the time. In a sunday school classroom is where God finally intervened and had me switch to Plan B. Like CS, I am in a much better place now and have only God to thank because of it.

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