Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What Keeps You Up at Night? (Book Review) #UpAtNight

So what does keep you up at night?  What is your worst fear?  What is that fear keeping you from doing?

I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes. I wasn't required to write a positive review, and all opinions in this post are my own.

New from Pete Wilson, author of Plan B, is What Keeps You Up at Night? How to Find Peace While Chasing Your Dreams.

Here's the synopsis from the publisher (W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson):
It's easy to feel paralyzed by uncertainty. We want our questions answered, our decisions affirmed, and our plans applauded. But life doesn't come with an instruction manual and rarely follows a straight path. How would your life change if you learned to lean into uncertainty instead of waiting on the sidelines for just the right moment or opportunity? 
The paradox of faith is that you can't activate it until you act on it. Trust compels us to move forward. If you don't, then you'll be left with a laundry list of unrealized expectations. You were meant to experience a life of abundance and blessing, not frustration and failure. 
Clarity only comes when we look back. So if you wait until you have clarity, you'll never find it. Instead, you must move forward even when you feel scared to death. That is when you'll be able to turn the fears that keep you up at night into fuel for your journey. 
If you want to experience a breakthrough in your life, then you must find a new cadence that will provide the strength you need to move forward in spite of your doubts, questions, and fears. The rhythm of faith is not hinged upon our circumstances but our willingness to surrender. 
In his most insightful work since the debut bestseller, Plan B, Pete Wilson provides a plan for living that will lead you to a place of peace that you've only dreamed about and a life filled with meaning, significance, and satisfaction.
I think we've all been there.  We're afraid to take the next step because we can't see the path ahead.  It can be hard to trust in and wait on God when He isn't showing us how the story ends, or even where it goes from here.  (I always think, "I'm okay with whatever You want, God, but I just want to know how it turns out!")  It's human nature to fear the obstacles that we see.  This is the situation that Pete Wilson addresses in his new book.

He reassures readers that we're not alone in experiencing these emotions, then he gives practical strategies for coping and moving forward.  I found a lot of truth in it.

I want to share a couple of passages with you.  It's hard to choose just a few.  It's even harder to isolate a paragraph or so, because every paragraph builds on the previous one.  But here are three that I especially like.  The first two are from the introduction.
  • Fear can inflict some ugly consequences on our lives.  It is perhaps the world's most pernicious thief.  It steals our joy in the present and robs us of our hope for the future.  It causes us to obsess over ourselves and our limitations instead of seeing all the possibilities that are available.  It keeps me from connecting with other people and prevents me from allowing myself to be vulnerable or trusting.  It erodes my faith and confidence, preventing me from daring to do what God has called me to do in this world.  It deceives me into crawling inside a box in an attempt to be safe when I was really created to take glorious risks in the wide-open air.
  • When I am struggling with the gap between my expectations and my present reality, I have to remind myself that fear is a visual impairment.  Most of us forget this, especially when we are in the grip of uncertainty, anxiety, or discouragement.  Our vision gets skewed by our circumstances, and we start to see things inaccurately.  Often, we see things that don't even exist!
The third is from the chapter on learning to wait.
Now, believe me, I understand that those of you reading these words who are in the midst of waiting for a miracle or waiting for a dream to be realized or waiting to be delivered from a dark, scary place probably feel helpless.  You feel as if you're doing nothing, but you're actually doing something very important.  In fact, this waiting--this attending to God--may be the most important spiritual work you could possibly do.  While you are waiting faithfully on God, you are also allowing your hope to grow up.  And if you can't be still and wait and hope--even when you have no reason to hope--you can't become the person God created when He thought you into existence. 
Spiritual transformation doesn't take place when we get what we want.  It takes place while we're waiting.
I like the conversational tone of Pastor Pete's writing, and I appreciate his honesty.  He's quick to tell readers that he's familiar with fear, too.  He's not speaking about what he's learned from books, but what he's learned from his own experiences and the experiences of people he knows.

Here are links for more information:
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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  1. What keeps me up at night? My newborn :)
    No, seriously... we just had a conversation the other day at MOPS about our fears... of course most of us said the safety of our children... isn't that a fear for most parents?

    1. I think it is a common fear among parents. My son is almost 18 and I still pray for him. The prayers aren't the same as when he was little, but I still pray, especially for his future. I know that he is in the hands of God, who loves him even more than we do. However, I think that we as parents still have a responsibility to the children entrusted to us, even when they're grown.


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