Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Plain Choice Review


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." (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I have mixed feelings after having read this book. Of course I can't rate a person's life since this is essentially a biography. I can rate, in my opinion, how it was written and the point behind the book. The book at times doesn't flow very well. The authors' thoughts seem to just be random and as the ending of the book came closer I became confused. This book is promoted to be about a woman becoming Amish or Plain and that really doesn't happen. There is no mention of her becoming a part of the church or being Amish/Plain at all just that she lives somewhat in their world. Why advertise a book like this if that's not even the truth? Or if that is the truth it's not written in this book.
Lots of people can live this way, take things out of their lives that are destructive, wear plain clothing, and even live in such a community-but that is not becoming Amish.
 I totally think Sherry's life was turned around and that is worth celebrating. I just don't think this is a good book about "someone becoming Plain".  The majority of the book is about her life before she finds Christ, she struggles and there are tragedies and life is hard. I think the hardest thing for me was that Sherry just pieces together different parts of religion, some Amish, some not, and still lives the way she wants. After becoming a Christian and deciding she wants to change her life, which she does indeed change, she decides to divorce her husband. It's a mutual decision but then they continue to be good friends and share life moments. This part of the book is very vague and rather confusing for me. Sherry's children are obviously important and I enjoyed reading her daughters' story.
I think there could have been more added to this book, as it really rather abruptly ends.
For a book about someone who discovers Christ, this is a great testimony.
 For a book about Amish/Plain living, this is not the book to read.

Three stars.

"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free in exchange for an honest review."

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