Review: Plan B by Pete Wilson

Mike and I are in the middle of our first trip to Disney World. We are truly having a blast – as is Mikayla – and enjoying our time of rest away from the “real world”. I’ll post more about our trip next week. For now, I want to talk a bit about the “real world”.

Even surrounded by Disney Magic, there is a place in our hearts that is heavy. I posted last week about how life sometimes doesn’t go the way we plan. It seemed like last week was bad for everyone. So many of our friends and family are hurting and struggling right now. Just one bad thing after another.

A book was released this week, Plan B by Pete Wilson. I had the opportunity to review this book before it was released. It couldn’t have been better timing. Plan B talks about those times in our lives when things don’t go as planned – when tragedy strikes or dreams are shattered.

What happens when we as Christians are faced with a Plan B? Where is God in the midst of our suffering? How do we balance the love of God with the evilness of this broken world? Why? Why does God allow tragedy into our lives? Why me? Why them?

Before reading this book, I couldn’t have answered any of these questions. Now, after reading this book, I still don’t know the answers to any of these questions. I don’t know why. It still doesn’t make sense for a loving God to allow so much pain and suffering.

What I do know is that God loves us. He is present with us in our suffering and pain. He knows us and He knows what we feel. And this knowledge brings comfort. No, there isn’t a quick answer when you’re faced with life altering events. But there is comfort and hope in God.

Pete quotes Mother Teresa, “For when you suffer this way, mysteriously, more space opens up for you to receive the love of Jesus.”

I agree with Pete that I’m not sure our finite minds can truly comprehend the answer to the “why”question. But I’m comforted in the knowledge that while I live on this earth I will endure pain and heart ache but that someday God will conquer. Someday good will win. Someday pain will end and that which we hope for will be realized.

And, in the meantime, we have the love of Jesus.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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