Monday, June 21, 2010

The PLAN A Woman in a PLAN B World by Debbie Taylor Williams



My Review:
If I was looking for a book to help me in living my life according to God's Plan then this would be one I would consider reading. Very well written and easy to read and follow. I totally enjoyed this book much better then another Plan B book I read here in the last few weeks. I say two thumbs up on this one. Scripture is what the author turns to at every turn in the plan. The author lets the reader know that even our PLAN B or C or D can be used and made into God's PLAN A if we allow Him to work His PLAN.

The book is divided into three parts~
  • Live out Loud
  • Love out Loud
  • Laugh our Loud

There are discussion starter questions to help stimulate:
spiritual matters
provide forum to grow spiritually
help to encourage self and others

The author gives land mines that you may faces and ways to disarm the land mines as they come along.
PLAN B may not be your ideal, but God can still use it for His PLAN A if you will let Him.





(Kerrville, TX) – From the beginning of time women have dreamt about their “Plan A” - the perfect husband, cute children, immaculate home, size six wardrobe, prestigious job, fabulous friends. But it doesn’t take much of real life to set in before compromises, changes and disappointments manage to cloud those dreams. The Plan A Woman in a Plan B World: What to Do When Life Doesn’t Go According to Plan encourages women to re-evaluate the Plan B route and discover the blessings of God’s Plan A.

Using nine landmines that often claim the God-given plan for women, author/speaker Debbie Taylor Williams helps women reclaim hope and teaches them how to manage those sabotaging thoughts that claim many minds. Sprinkled with humor, an obvious love for God’s Word, and discussion starters for small group study, The Plan A Woman promises to help woman believe that God does have special plans for her, even in this Plan B world.



Debbie Taylor Williams is the founder of Hill Country Ministries, an organization dedicated to spreading God’s Word and ministering to women. Best known as a passionate biblical expositor, Debbie uses humor and practical illustrations to communicate spiritual truths to women throughout the nation. She is the author of Pray with Purpose, Live with Passion, Prayers of My Heart, and other books. She and her husband make their home in Kerrville, Texas. Learn more by visiting her popular Web site: www.debbietaylorwilliams.com


Interview Questions:

1. Your book focuses on living the Plan A life God designed specifically for you. What encouragement can you give for the woman who feels she's lived far too long on Plan B? Is there hope?

With God nothing is impossible! The Spirit who moved over the surface of the deep and created light and life is the same Spirit who abides in every believer. We can live the Plan A life God has for us because Christ lives in us and He is our hope of glory. Col 1:2

2. In your book you talk about hazardous landmines. What are a few common landmines women fall into?

Bitterness, discouragement, being fixated on the past, fear, feeling shaken by our circumstances, having expectations of how others should act are but a few of the land mines we can experience in a Plan B world. Left unattended, these land mines can cause devastating harm to us and others. God's Plan A is not for us to ignore these land mines, nor is it His plan for us to tip toe around them. Rather, He directs us to address and de-mine them. When we do, we can walk in bold assurance, confident of the ground upon which we walk. We're able to carry out the good works and plans God has for us; those that bring purpose and joy.

3. Talk about your P.R.A.Y. conferences and how women can learn more about your prayer ministry.

April 2, 2008 God woke me up at 4 a.m. and told me that I wasn't doing all that He wanted me to do. He then directed me to one of His Plans for my life: to take the principles from my book, Pray with Purpose — Live with Passion, to a church in every state in the United States. He told me to waive my speaking fee and travel expenses; that He had freely given me the keys to prayer that can change women's lives; and that I was to freely take them to my sisters. P.R.A.Y. with Passion Conference was birthed as a ministry of my non-profit ministry. It has been a joy to see God powerfully open doors through women who hear about the conference and pass the word to their women's ministry leader or event planner. Women are coming to salvation. Spiritual breakthroughs and repentance is taking place among believers. A "pink hearts" club is spreading across America, one composed of women and men who come forward and receive a heart on which they write how God has spoken to their hearts. And God is speaking. If I haven't been to your church/state, contact lauren@debbietaylorwilliams.com ministries, call toll free 888.815.9412, or visit my web site for more information www.debbietaylorwilliams.com


4. In your spare time, what do you enjoy doing?

I love being with my husband. Whether we go for a walk, watch the sunset, take a hike in the country, travel, play golf (sort of...I'm a beginner :), or go for a drive and breakfast on Saturday mornings, he's my honi and love of 35 years. Our two adult children and their spouses are so much fun to be with; as is our 17 month old grandson. Family, friends, sharing the Lord - for what more could we ask?


Something Extra:

The Plan A Woman in a Plan B World, by Debbie Taylor Williams
“You’re Not the Only One Who Missed Plan A” Chapter 1 excerpt, pages 23-27.
God Has an A+ Plan for Your Life

“I know the plans that I have you for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”Jeremiah 29:11

If ever a convention were held for women who feel they’ve missed Plan A, the room
would be filled. You’d undoubtedly hear comments like these:
  • “My husband left me when our children were three and five,” one woman might say.
  • “I’ve always dreamed of being married and having children. But I’m single with no hope of marriage.”
  • “My Prince Charming turned into an abuser.”
  • “I was fired from the company I built from the ground up.”
  • “My child died of leukemia.”
Biblical Plan A Women in a Plan B World
Not only do we hear the voices of friends today, but we also can imagine the voices of those whose lives are recorded in the Bible. Perhaps if we caught each one at the moment she was hit with her Plan B, we might have heard something like the following:
  • “Adam and I were supposed to live happily ever after in Eden. My oldest son was not supposed to kill his brother.”—Eve
  • “I thought Abraham and I would have children when we were young.”—Sarah
  • “I thought I’d live a quiet life. I never dreamed I’d become a queen—or that the lives of so many people would depend on me risking mine.”—Esther
  • “My plan was to marry Joseph, then have children. Never did I imagine that I’d conceive a child by the Holy Spirit while a virgin. ”—Mary
As you can see, a long list of women in the Bible lived something other than what they must have considered their Plan A lives. No doubt, they appeared to be everyday women living ordinary lives: preparing meals; washing dishes and clothes; competing with other women; and experiencing problems with in-laws, children, infertility, sibling rivalry, and so on.

What they probably couldn’t see at the time, but what we have the opportunity to see now, is how God used them. Their lives counted for him and for eternity. Though at times some may have felt like appendages to their husbands and their husbands’ calling, while some may have felt lonely and isolated, God used each woman. Their names are recorded for eternity. God listened to these women’s prayers, intervened on their behalf, and met them where they were—in the desert, by a river, in a field, inside their homes. He met them in the midst of their daily responsibilities—drawing water, gleaning wheat, searching for infertility cures.

Did they know they weren’t rocking mere infants but future kings? Did they realize they weren’t just dressing babies but grooming leaders? Not simply singing psalms to toddlers but planting scriptures in the minds of prophets?

God had an A+ plan for these women even though they didn’t know it at the time. God has an A+ plan for your life too.

-Used by permission Leafwood Publishers

Visit Debbie's site here and come back and tell me something you learned, or something you liked about the site. I'll draw one comment to receive a copy of Debbie's book compliments of KCWC. Please US or Canada residents only. Drawing will be held on June 30th. Be sure to leave a way of contact.

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8 comments:

Linda said...

Thanks for the interview. This is a book I definitely could use. Please enter me.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Debbie F said...

I would love to win this book. I went to Debbie's site and I love her suggestions on learning God's verses. Very helpful. Count me in.

dcf_beth at verizon dot net

Carrie said...

I have been seeing this book pop up here and there and I'm really curious about it. I'd love to read it! I went to her site and saw that she has her event schedule posted and wondered if she'd be in the area anytime soon. (She won't be.) But she WILL be in Corpus Christi (where I grew up!) in September so I'll have to ask my mom about going to see her.

Thanks for the chance!

Esther Y.M. said...

Hi,

Please enter me.

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

thanx

Misusedinnocence said...

I learned that there's a Pray With Passion Conference coming up.

misusedinnocence@aol.com

Cindy W. said...

Oh I so want and need this book. I went to Debbie's site and found that the verse she has on her site is my life verse, Jeremiah 29:11. I would love to win this book. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

Madonna said...

I visited Debbie's site and I love the page on memorization. I used to be able to memorize so easily and now in my 40s its a lot more work. I am hoping that if I use her tips it will be a little easier. I would love to read this book.

Lou Ann said...

I would so love the chance to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

louann@carolina.rr.com