‘The Plain Choice’ : A Book Review
You know the sort of book that you can’t put down and instead end up reading til the early hours of the morning, only to be tired the next day? Well ‘The Plain Choice: A True Story of Choosing to Live An Amish Life’ by Amish foodie and cookbook writer Sherry Gore was just one of those books. I’ve always had a fascination with the Amish. Their way of life is so interesting to me. I like their crafts, their recipes and their sense of community. So when I saw that this book was available to review I simply jumped at the chance. What many people don’t know is that Sherry Gore wasn’t born Amish. She was born into a modern family, but then became a Christian and felt called to live an Amish/Mennonite life. Raised in a broken family, Sherry Gore grew up feeling emotionally neglected. Several mistakes had left her feeling broken, alone and traumatized.
Sherry struggles on, and then one morning she walks into a church and has a revelation of Jesus and His grace and love.
Seeking an escape from the darkness and desperation of her earlier life, Sherry makes a fresh start for herself and her children as she seeks to follow the literal interpretation of the Bible’s teachings on head coverings, simple dress, and a focus on Jesus Christ. Then to her excitement, she discovers that there is a community that would be a good fit for her. They are called Amish and Mennonite, and ‘she realizes she has found her people’.
The plain choice that Sherry made is not for the faint hearted, and Sherry Gore is one of the few people on earth to have successfully joined the Amish from the outside. That is what makes her story so interesting. Her later life hasn’t been easy either, and sadly one of Sherry’s daughters passed away earlier this year after a long battle with illness. This memoir is a fascinating, easy read. It’s a testimony of how God can bring about healing and transformation, from a young person living on the streets, to someone healed, whole, and thriving in community.
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