Book Review: In Praise of Plan B by Tim Kimmel

Book Review: In Praise of Plan B by Tim Kimmel

Have you ever had a plan for your life that got blown out of the water? Are you where you thought you would be by now? Have you ever asked yourself how you got where you are? Did you wake up one morning and find you were stuck in Plan B? If you are a normal human being like me, then I am sure you answered yes to at least one of those questions. So what can a person do about Plan B?

I was excited when I got the opportunity to review Tim Kimmel’s In Praise of Plan B: Moving From “What Is” to “What Can Be.” I often feel like I could be the spokesperson for Plan B and I was interested to read what Tim Kimmel, a respected Christian author and parenting expert, had to say about it. In his newest book, Kimmel shares motivation, touching stories, and humor as he comforts his readers, reminding them that God is there for them and is often the architect of Plan B.

Kimmel also makes a strong case that Plan B often turns out to be the better choice for you. He states that “Plan A has a bad habit of defining you, whereas Plan B seems to fit like a well-worn pair of work boots…Plan B allows us enough time to taste the coffee, smell the lilacs, and pick up the rhythm. It keeps us from believing in ourselves so much that we forget to trust God.” Kimmel makes the point that average is pretty good, while Plan A is overrated.

As I am a stay at home mom who planned for fame and fortune in her younger days, this book really resonated with me. I never imagined a life where laundry, dishes and menu planning would overwhelm me. I pictured a life filled with world travel, state dinners, and worldly success. But as I have come to know my God better and embrace my Plan B, I have found that Kimmel is right in his assertion that heroism is not always what we think it is. As Kimmel puts it, “It’s more commonly sticking to the mundane duty in front of you, day in and day out. Dealing with everyday breakdowns and annoyances with grace. Keeping on keeping on.”

Whether you are embracing or fighting your Plan B, check out Tim Kimmel’s In Praise of Plan B: Moving From “What Is” to “What Can Be” for some inspiration, encouragement, laughter and tears.

Zondervan gave me a complimentary copy of this book to review. All opinions expressed are mine.

About Janice

I am so glad you stopped by. Kick your shoes off and hang with me a while. I am an Arizona native, wife to a hard-working hubby, mom of two, and daughter of the King. I love sharing recipes, crafts, and family activities that any mom can do. Life is complicated enough, right? When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Great review!

    Visiting from the Make Your Rank Lower Monday Alexa blog hop!

  2. Oh wow. This looks like the book for me. I’ve just started living my Plan B. Plan A was causing me a lot of stress and Plan B, so far, has been a sweet ride.

    This one is going on my reading list.

  3. Auntie Pamela says

    Send me your copy so I can read it too. Sounds like a very inspiring book. Thanks sissy.


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