Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Plain Choice by Sherry Gore with Jeff Hoagland

  • ISBN-10: 0310335582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310335580

Release date: August 25, 2015

From the publisher:

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.

I read mostly fiction yet every once in awhile a non-fiction book catches my eye. The Plain Choice by Sherry Gore with Jeff Hoagland is one such book!   

What drew me to this book?  I am not really sure. I found the cover and the title interesting.  I found myself glancing at this book again and again. It seemed to keep tugging on my heart strings.    

While I stared at the front cover, my mind was flooded with memories as a child going with my mother to our local Amish community several times a year for  shoo-fly pie, mincemeat pie and other treats. I always loved those trips. 

Then I read the book description on the back of this book and I was immediately hooked!  

I started reading it as soon as I  received it.  I immediately felt as if I was sitting across the table in a sunlight filled kitchen chatting with Ms. Gore while drinking coffee and hearing about her life. I rarely get that feeling when I start reading a book so I knew this one was going to be good! 

Ms. Gore shares her story in a forthright style that spoke deeply to my heart. The story of the her life and her family is an amazing one. Her faith rings true and God's love in her life is evident and real.  

In this book she shares her choice to follow a Plain lifestyle as well as their experiences both good and bad, easy and hard.  But there is more to this book.   It is a call for all to realize God's love and forgiveness and that absolutely no one is beyond God's love and redemption. 

The Plain Choice touched my heart deeply, reminded me of some things I needed to remember and brought back focus on what should be and is most important to me in my life. 

I highly recommend this book. It's a life changer! 

Rating: 5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.  

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