Monday, June 8, 2015

The Plain Choice by Sherry Gore (Book Review)

Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own. 

About the book- 

Raised in a broken family and emotionally overlooked, Sherry Gore grew up without a solid foundation, a prisoner of her own poor choices, and at times without hope. A series of terrible mistakes left her feeling wrecked and alone and a sudden tragedy threw Sherry into an emotional tailspin too powerful to escape.
Sherry hangs by a thread, unable to see how she can go on living, until it happens: on a morning of no particular significance, she walks into a church and BAM- the truth of Jesus' forgiving love shatters her world and cleaves her life in two: She goes to bed stunned; she wakes up a Christian.
Unwilling to return to the darkness of her former life, Sherry attacks her faith head on. Soon the life Sherry Gore remakes for herself and her children as she seeks to follow the teachings of the Bible features head coverings, simple dress, and a focus on Jesus Christ. Only then does she realize, in a fit of excitement, that there are others like her. They are called Amish and Mennonite, and she realizes she has found her people.
The plain choice that Sherry makes is not easy – and life still brings unexpected pain and heartache - but it changes everything for her, as she becomes one of the few people on earth to have successfully joined the Amish from the outside.
She has found her place. And her story proves that one can return from the darkest depths to the purest light with the power of God.
My thoughts- 
I find the Amish to be simply fascinating. I think we could learn a lot from their deep rooted sense of community and their strong faith. It isn't often that you hear of an outsider deciding to join the church with no familial Amish ties, but Sherry Gore did just that. Her story is equally as interesting. She shares her testimony and what led her to the Amish church and community beginning with a troubled childhood from a broken home through a tumultuous time as an adult living homeless on the beach, Sherry is open and honest about where she has been and where she is now. I found it intriguing to read Sherry's story and how she made her way into the Amish community she now lives in. Sherry lived a lot of her young life feeling unwelcome, even among her on family, so it makes sense that she would seek out a community that is there for each other, family or not, they lean on each other. It is always encouraging to read testimonies of people coming to faith, but Sherry's testimony will take you beyond that feeling. As you read her biography, you will feel sad for her in times of loneliness and peril, but as she realizes she has found exactly where she belongs, you will rejoice with her over the pure joy of finding God and knowing exactly where she is meant to be. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning about other people, who like reading biographies or who are interested in the Amish. The Plain Choice will be available for purchase on August 25, 2015. You can pre-order your copy on

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