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The Plain Choice : A True Story of Choosing to Live an Amish Life
by Sherry Gore and Jeff Hoagland


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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.  Read more...


 
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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780310335580
  • ISBN-10: 0310335582
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publish Date: August 2015
  • Page Count: 192
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Religious
Books > Religion > Christianity - Amish
Books > Religion > Christian Life - Inspirational

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-07-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

Gore (Me, Myself and Pie), a writer for the Amish newspaper The Budget, follows a conventional story arc in her latest book, depicting herself as a hurt, empty party animal who finds Jesus, redemption, and then a new life. Gore talks about her days of hardship with extra gusto, showing herself to be one of those remarkable people who can weather any number of crises, each of which alone would sink a lesser soul—dysfunctional parents, dropping out of high school, homelessness, two divorces, three children, and a child with a life-threatening illness. After converting to Christianity, Gore adds another twist by joining the Amish. While her energy never flags, Gore's sometimes glib writing style and down-home clichés—"Brother Lester's heart was as big as an ocean," "a sun-kissed Amish community"—can create distance from her pain and redemption. At her strongest, however, Gore conveys the texture of hard realities, be it her marriage to a dangerous man or the challenges of day-to-day life in an Amish community. Gore's penchant for dancing on the edge of the volcano, and her impressive ability to live to tell the tale, will keep the pages turning and leave readers eager for her next memoir. (Aug.)

 
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