Sunday, May 10, 2015

What Keeps You Up at Night by Pete Wilson

“I just can’t ever seem to shut off my brain and rest.”
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?
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 was excited at the opportunity of reading an advanced copy of What Keeps You Up at Night especially because I have known Pete Wilson for at least 6 years (from Cross Point Church messages, blog, social media). Therefore, I am quite familiar with his ideas, messages and beliefs.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Pete Wilson tackles the subject of fear, which is a pretty common emotion among people nowadays, and it comes in different shapes and sizes (fear of the future, fear of chasing our dreams, fear of being alone etc). He doesn't offer a universal formula that can solve all fear-related problems, he actually discourages that type of thinking. What he does is he offers practical ideas and steps for a change in perspective. Wilson encourages his readers to change the way they think and the way they react to fear by offering a biblical perspective on fear.

The book is structured in 12 chapters - short and concise. At the end of each chapter the author makes it practical by offering three sections that will help the reader internalize what he/she just read:
  • The Key Ideas summarizes the chapter into a couple of simple and short ideas that can be easily remembered. 
  • In the Reflection Questions section, the author offers some questions that will help the readers identify the key areas that they can work on based on what was discussed in that particular chapter.
  • Your Next Step contains a challenge or a task to help the readers practice what they have already learned. 
I must confess I was skeptical when I started reading this book, because fear is a pretty vast subject. I wasn't sure what Wilson would have to say about fear that wasn't already said or discussed before. Well, he doesn't really bring anything new to the subject, but what he does is he reminds us the important aspects of fear, offers a biblical perspective on fear by illustrating struggles of biblical characters when being confronted with fearful situations. And he makes it practical and personal by offering the readers some tools for their own process of fighting their own fear. 

Pete Wilson is currently doing a special message series at Cross Point Church entitled What Keeps You Up at Night based on his book. You can check it out here.  

Here's the book promo: 

Pete Wilson is the best-selling author of Plan B and founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a committed church community that he and his wife, Brandi, planted in 2002. Cross Point has grown to reach more than six thousand people each weekend through its seven 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 him a frequent speaker at national and international church conferences. 

*I have requested this book from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The ideas and opinions expressed here are my own. 

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