I have always been drawn to the Amish. I think most everyone is at some level. They live a very interesting life. A life that many people crave a bit of. Slow. Less distracted. Simple. Plain.
Personally, I have written many other books on the Amish or Mennonites and what they believe. I have read articles and books about others who have grown up in the communities and left them behind. This book was the exact opposite so I thought it would be interesting to hear Ms. Gore's story
The Plain Choice, written by Sherry Gore, is a down to earth story of her and her family's journey from poverty, homelessness, a life without Christ, and living for themselves, to one of salvation and simple choices. Sherry Gore grew up in a rather dysfunctional home and after many flawed attempts to bring happiness to her life, she was befriended by a believer in Jesus Christ. After Sherry came to know Jesus in a personal way, she was very convicted on many levels from dress, to television, to music; all the choices she made for her family afterward came from wanting to please the Lord and live drastically different than what she had. After she met the Amish/Mennonite communities, she knew this was where she would land to live and rear her children. She was thrown into many trials along the way; some extremely painful, but sees Jesus as her source of strength.
As I came to the end of the book, I was rather pleased at how she processed being part of this community as a believer. She never once said, "If you aren't living this way, you are in sin." She makes it very clear that the way she chooses to live is not works based salvation and that this is the plain choice for her and her family.
I respect that.
Note: As part of the booklook blogging network, I was given a free copy of this book.