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This new young voice in evangelical Christian circles, a pastor and church planter in Nashville, finds a distinctive way to weave Bible stories with his own and other life stories. People develop Plan B, Wilson argues, when life does not deliver what someone wants. It also entails a firm belief that God is there both in the failure of Plan A and in the redemption that comes in Plan B. Wilson draws on other Christian writers and thinkers as well as the Bible; the foundation for Plan B comes from such Bible texts as John 16:33, in which Jesus says, 'In this life you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.' Wilson cautions that taking only one part of this teaching—either the trouble part or the overcoming part—leads to bad theology. Good theology comes from holding these two together in tension, balancing disappointment and suffering with faith in a loving God. While the teaching is sound, the way he delivers it needs tweaking; Wilson's writing lacks the kind of humility that draws the reader in. (May)
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About the Author

Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Pete desires to see churches become radically devoted to Christ,  irrevocably committed to one another, and relentlessly dedicated to reaching those outside of God’s family. Pete and his wife, Brandi, have three boys.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 4.4.2010 edition (May 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849946506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849946509
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a committed church community that he and his wife, Brandi, planted in 2003. Over the course of 9 years, Cross Point has grown to reach more than 5,000 people each weekend through its five campuses located around the Nashville area, and online. As one of the fastest growing churches in America, Pete's ministry--an outreach focused on helping people become devoted to Christ, irrevocably committed to each other, and relentlessly dedicated to reaching those outside of God's family with the Gospel--has made Pete a frequent speaker at national and international church conferences.

Pete gained national attention in 2010 when Thomas Nelson published his best-selling book, Plan B, a title that has been printed in five languages and launched Putting Plan B into Action, a 6-week DVD curriculum that serves as a study companion to the book. Empty Promises, Pete's much-anticipated second book, looks to help the reader identify their own inclination to drift toward putting their identity in other things and offer them a wake-up call to find their meaning in Christ alone. Let Hope In, Pete's third book, presents a new look at the power of healing through hope, revealing 4 unique choices that have the potential to change your life forever. With Wilson's telltale cadence and candor, Let Hope In explores accounts of seemingly hopeless moments in the Bible; illustrating God's ultimate plan for healing by letting hope fill the dark places of your past.

Pete's fourth book, What Keeps You Up At Night?, releasing in May 2015, will challenge you to take steps of trust along the path toward God's best for your life and enable you to withstand doubt, opposition, and worry.

Pete is also an avid blogger (; he enjoys the outdoors, farming, and Titans football. When he's looking for rest, you can often find Pete gardening, hanging out with Brandi, or playing outside with their three boys.

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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Chad Estes on May 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
There are a few key cities in American Christendom. Tulsa is the Mecca of the Gotta Have Faith movement. Colorado Springs is the center of all things evangelical. Nashville (or as some people refer to it as Nashvegas) is the city where Entertainment and Christianity have blended together into its own special synchristic religion.

When I review a book written by one of the pastors in these cities, I usually have an idea of the book's bent. As I picked up this book by Pete Wilson, pastor of the Cross Point Church in Nashville, I assumed it would have the "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me" flair. I mean the guy already looks like Keith Urban, why not use his lyrics too? Pete has a successful church with multiple campuses, a pretty blonde wife, three young boys, a popular blog, and now he's even published a book with a green cover that we can add to the list of everything we envy about him.

There are shelves of books on the Christian market that talk about the Good Life. There is a lot of preaching from our pulpits about the promises that will be ours if we pop our coins in their Christian slot machines. Problem is it's a losing gamble. More often than not, there is no payoff and we are left as broke and broken people.

Pete could have written about the good life. He didn't. Instead he wrote about the life that most of us live--when God hasn't shown up for us the way we thought, and have been sold, that he would. We all have an idea of what our life should look like, our Plan A. When that doesn't materialize, what will happen when we turn to Plan B?

Pete could have filled his book with stories of people who have made it. He could have included illustrations of people who faced adversity but overcame it to be even more successful than they once were.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Barr on May 9, 2010
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After watching the news for the last few weeks, I think possibly more than ever, this book came out at exactly the right time. As I watch oil creep towards the beaches in the Gulf of Mexico, and as the flood waters recede from Nashville, I think many people are seeing their "Plan A" going down the drain and are wondering what to do, and I think this book really lives up to it's title when addressing our Plan B.
Pete has done a fantastic job with this book. I think most of us go through life expecting everything to go just as we planned it. To get that great job, find that perfect companion and get married, buy a great house and raise our 2.5 kids, and retire somewhere to gracefully live out our days watching our children and grandchildren. But realistically, that isn't always how it happens. You've yet to find that perfect mate, or maybe they walked out on you because they didn't want to be married anymore. That great job you had laid you off last year and you haven't been able to find steady work since. Maybe you've had kids, and one of them develops cancer, or they take a wrong turn and end up in jail. In an instant, all those things you've planned for go up in flames.

Pete doesn't pull any punches in his book, nor does he admit he has all the answers. I think that's one of the great things about the book. For everyone, our situations are a little different, and no one has all the answers, and Pete explains how to work through Plan B in our lives, but admits that he's walking the same path as the rest of us. I love the illustrations and stories that he uses throughout the book to illustrate different aspects of our lives and how we can learn to accept things when they don't work out the way we intended them.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anthony B. York on April 21, 2010
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Any time I pick up a book that approaches a topic from a faith standpoint, especially from a new author, my hyper-analytical antenna raise. In a day where celebrity can become more important than the message it is important to test the messenger and the message.

Pete Wilson is the pastor of Cross Point church in Nashville, TN and the author of blog. The book, Plan B, mirrors the message and the person that he presents in both the church and blog mediums.

Plan B is a book intended to help the reader deal with those moments in life where things have not turned out the way they had dreamed or hoped. Let's face it, most of us have either had one of those moments or will. Someone once said that life is what happens when we are planning for it. So how can we deal with those unexpected twists in our lives? While this book is presented from a faith standpoint and will speak very clearly to the Christian reader, it brings a lot of practical wisdom that the non-Christian reader will benefit from as well.

Pete's conversational style has a way of drawing the reader in to the inner circle of the stories he relays as examples for the lessons he has learned from his own life or from others. It is easy to laugh along and to grieve along with the persons inside that circle that Pete invites you to witness.

So what do you do when faced with that moment when the world seems to fall away from under your feet? Do you run? Do you stand paralyzed not knowing what to do? Do you struggle with who to turn to or understanding where help can come from?

I recommend you pick up Pete's book and take a journey through the process. You won't find all the answers and he is wise enough to tell you that himself in the book ... but you may find an anchor in the storm of your life that will help you weather your Plan B.
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