Pete Wilson appeals to all of us, struggling with dreams not realized, lost loved ones and disrupted plans. The classic Why’s in life. He subtitled Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? Just like Philip Yancey and Henri Nouwen he starts off with stating christian theology can’t be reduced to a t-shirt or bumper sticker. He shares real life stories of disappointments and hurts from friends and Cross Point Church members and how they try to find God and keep the faith. Side-by-side biblical Plan Bs like the stories of king David, Joseph, Ruth, Lazarus, Joshua and of course Jesus Christ’s own suffering add to Wilson’s refusal to give easy answers to tough questions.
Wilson’s message is cross-centered and takes the believer beyond the first steps in faith. He shares his understanding of what God might be up to in difficult situations and why surrender and wait for God are such strong moves. Wilson emphasizes the power of the community of believers. Christ’s cross is proof that God does not always change the circumstance but that He always has a purpose in every circumstance. He will never let go of us. Plan B doesn’t end up with a silver bullet or 3 steps for instant success. The book contains questions for thought and discussion on each chapter.