(Review) The Plain Choice by Sherry Gore with Jeff Hoagland
Genre: Nonfiction, biography.
Pages: 192. Pages 9-188 is the story.
Source: Free copy from Book Look Bloggers/Harper Collins, in exchange for a review.
Rating: 3 1/2 star rating for good to very good.
Author's page at Amazon
Books by Sherry Gore:
Me, Myself, and Pie
Made With Love
Simply Delicious Amish Cooking
Taste of Pinecraft
Sherry Gore is the editor and chief of Cooking and Such magazine. The website is under construction.
The Plain Choice is the biography of Sherry Gore. Sherry grew up in a dysfunctional home. As a young person she rebelled and made poor choices. In mid-life, Sherry made an about face change and became an Amish-Mennonite.
I debated on whether to give The Plain Choice 3 stars or 4 stars. After careful thought, I decided on a 3 1/2 star rating.
At first sight, The Plain Choice is a slim volume for a biography. Slim equals brief. I feel the biography needed to be longer. The full price is $15.99, which is basically $16.00. This is a pricey biography at 179 pages for the story itself. I have an idea as to why the book is brief, but to explain the reasons would give the ending away.
I enjoyed reading Sherry Gore's story, and I feel a bit closer to a person I've followed on Facebook for a few years.
Sherry is a determined person. Once she made up her mind to change from living the life she'd been living, and become a Beachy Amish-Mennonite, she poured herself whole-hearted into a new life. I believe Sherry is an amazing and admirable person.
In the Christian book market, there is a large field of Amish type books. Only a few nonfiction books have been written on the Amish-Mennonite Plain People. It is easy to determine a one set stereo-type of the Plain People. One set of rules and culture for every one. This is not true. I learned through Sherry's story, not all Amish-Mennonite's are removed from technology and modern conveniences. It depends on the churches and communities as to how "modern" they become.
I'd read other reviewers remark, Sherry Gore did not impress them with her radical change to become Amish-Mennonite, it appeared to them she was not sincere. I did not see that she was pretending. I did see through her story, she had come to the realization the past choices she'd made had not worked. Most important, God was not acknowledged in her life. The pinnacle point is when she was immersed in baptism to her old life, and embraced a newness of life in Christ Jesus.
Sherry Gore is transparent in sharing her "old life" and in beginning a new life as an Amish-Mennonite. She does not minimize past poor choices. She was and still is, an imperfect human living in an imperfect world. However, Sherry Gore is saved by grace through Jesus Christ our Lord.