Review: The Plain Choice – Choosing to Live an Amish Life

Posted August 19, 2015 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Review: The Plain Choice – Choosing to Live an Amish LifeThe Plain Choice by Sherry Gore
Publisher: Zondervan (2015)
eARC (224 pages)
Via: NetGalley
Reading Challenges: Read 2015


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.

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My Review

This is Sherry Gore’s memoir, focusing on the events that influenced her spiritual journey. This is the type of memoir that I like to read, the spiritual memoir.

Sherry Gore’s journey is one full of twists and turns. Very little turns out the way Mrs. Gore originally planned. The eventual end is not one anyone would have envisioned for young Sherry. It kept me interested because I always wanted to know what happened next.

I enjoyed this book with the insights into the Amish culture. I grew up near a few Amish communities and now live near Hutterite as well as Amish communities. The simplicity and sense of community among these people is amazing.

Sherry Gore’s story was inspiring that she could move through all that life gave her and still choose an Amish-Mennonite life. It was a very interesting memoir.

This was a book that I chose to read for me. It isn’t something that I would typically read, but I enjoyed it. It was a nice break from fantasy. 🙂

Catholic Connections

This book has a lot about conscience in it. Mrs. Gore needs to make the decisions that she believes are for the best. This is her plain choice that leads her to the Plain communities.

There is also quite a bit about forgiveness. In a large part, Mrs. Gore needs to forgive herself and those in her past. I love that she does.

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I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley for review consideration. This in no way affects my opinion of the title nor the content of this review.

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