Monday, May 03, 2010

Book Review: Plan B by Pete Wilson

I used to follow Pete Wilson on twitter, but the SNR (signal to noise ratio, for you non-engineers) was too low. I grouped him with Chatty Cathy. But I was intrigued by the book's subtitle, "What do you do when God doesn't show up the way you thought He would?" so I agreed to review it.

I needed this book. Pete Wilson has dared to touch a raw spot in most Christians' lives, and he does a great job of helping soothe the hurt. Admitting he doesn't know the answers, he focuses on what he does know, which is how to relate to people's hurts and point them to where to find hope for the hurt.

Be prepared to be confronted with your own self-centeredness and find a fellow traveler who, in this book, will share your burden, and also be prepared to find some comfort for your own suffering.

One drawback was the editorial technique of having short excerpts shown in what I call a magnifying box. This technique is appropriate for a magazine article when the article needs to attract attention to compete for readership with other articles and ads, but is a major distraction when reading a chapter in a book.

Also, I hope the book is out of popularity when his sons are old enough to read it. I don't think I would expose my sons to such ridicule.

Nevertheless, I would rate the book 4.6/5.0. It is really a helpful read.

[Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Review Blogger 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”]