“The Plain Choice” by Sherry Gore

“A True Story of Choosing to Live an “Amish” Life”

Notice the “” around Amish? Yeah…

I read a lot of Amish fiction. Anyone who follows my reviews knows that, but there’s something about this that doesn’t ring quite true.

It’s possible there are huge differences in Amish fiction and Amish reality – I kinda figured that one anyway…

It’s possible the publisher really doesn’t know the difference between Amish and Mennonite…

It’s also possible they’re using the word Amish because a lot of other people don’t know the difference between Amish and Mennonite…

Whatever the reason – this book is a good read. Well, it’s not always a good read. Some of the things Sherry has been through are enough to make the average person incredibly thankful for their nice, quiet, boring life.

But it is an interesting read and there is a lot of good in the life Sherry has chosen for herself.

In fact, I could easily see myself doing much of what she does.

I can’t give up my car or my phone but I wear long skirts all the time already and I love the idea of living more simply. The world has become so complicated, it’s amazing any of us are sane.

Whether you enjoy Amish fiction, Mennonite fiction or just reading about someone’s crazy, messed-up, overwhelming life – “The Plain Choice” is a good choice!

Review © JCMorrows


More about the book from Zondervan:

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.”

I was blessed to receive a copy of this free in exchange for an honest review!




“You CAN Write 50,000 Words in 30 Days” | An exceptional memoir by Debut author DJ Mynatt!

“An excellent book for authors and readers alike – not just a “how-to” – this book is a fun and humorous account of how my dear friend wrote her first novel!” ~ JC Morrows

That is more than just a promotional blurb… that is precisely how I feel about this book! 

This book is truly a gift to authors everywhere!

If you are an aspiring author; it will give you encouragement and inspiration to get through your current writing project

If you are an established author; it will give you a look back and reminder about your own beginnings… and some great laughs.

If you are a reader who enjoys an inside look at the life of your favorite authors; this book will give you just that… a look at how one amazing author got her start in writing.

This is a book that anyone… everyone can enjoy reading again and again and again!


Review ©JCMorrows 2015


Here is a brief synopsis from S&G PUBLISHING!

You CAN Write 50,000 Words in 30 Days by D.J. Mynatt

“You CAN write 50,000 words in 30 Days” takes us behind the scenes of one author’s journey through National novel writing month (also known as NaNoWriMo)

Every year, people from all over the world log in to their NaNoWriMo profile, find a local group to hang out with all month, stock up on snacks, sharpen their pencils, get their playlists ready, and write!

50,000 words sounds crazy, right? Well, most writers ARE a little crazy!

Read about one woman’s journey and you will see that you CAN write 50,000 words in 30 days!

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October Baby – A more touching movie I’ve never seen…

This movie touched me so deeply – I’m not even sure there are words to describe it.

Years ago, a story was shared with me about an abortion survivor – something that I was not even aware was possible. This movie brought every bit of that raw emotion right back to me.

I know a little bit about being unwanted… I was not a survivor of a failed abortion but I was a survivor of a failed marriage – and a child unwanted by her father.

Even now, thirty-five years later, my father and I only have a relationship at all because of my children… and – while I am thrilled to say that I have forgiven him – he will most likely never admit there is anything that needs forgiveness. For myself and my children, I have let go of that bitterness and our lives are so much better because of it.


Every Life is Beautiful and we live in a society that seems to have forgotten that. It’s easy to proclaim yourself as pro-choice… but remember that YOU ARE HERE so clearly your parents were PRO-LIFE!

Aside from that, the movie itself was beyond amazing – absolutely believable, excellent flow and pacing, superb acting, spectacular staging and filming. How can I give it 10 stars… 20!



DON’T MISS the special features! There are some AMAZING extras included that just may elicit an emotional response that rivals the movie’s.

Review © JCMorrows 2015

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You saw me before I was born.” Psalm 139:16 (NLT)

As the curtain rises, Hannah hesitantly steps onto the stage for her theatrical debut in college. Yet before she can utter her first lines, Hannah-unscripted-collapses in front of the stunned audience.

After countless medical tests, all signs point to one underlying factor: Hannah’s difficult birth. This revelation is nothing compared to what she then learns from her parents: she was actually adopted … after a failed abortion attempt. Bewildered, angered, and confused, Hannah turns for support to Jason, her oldest friend.

Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his group of friends on a Spring Break road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past … and find hope for her unknown future.

In the midst of her incredible journey, Hannah finds that life can be so much more than what you have planned.




“Spirit of the Red Candle” by Betty Slade

Spirit of the Red Candle is a unique story – written in a well-researched voice.

There is so little about this particular woman in our beloved Bible, it must have taken painstaking research of the period and in-depth translations of the original texts to find enough information to do the story justice.

This is book one in The Scarlet Triangle series and Betty Slade has certainly found a good place to begin.

The exploration of our beloved Biblical persons has become quite popular lately and Betty picked a woman that many people have been intrigued by but were afraid to let anyone know.

I find it fascinating how well Betty has captured the supposed life events that would have led Mary Magdalene to become the woman we are familiar with.

I believe this is one of the reasons that Jesus spoke in parables and stories. He knew we needed that simple connection to truly understand his words and the meanings behind them.

Perhaps this is why I enjoy the New Testament more than the old. The writing, even aside from Jesus’ teachings, take on the more easily followed steps of a familiar tale or bedtime story.

I pray Betty finds many more “characters” to write about. It will certainly open up an entirely new way to look at the beloved Biblical persons we understand so little about.


4 Stars


Here is a bit more about the book from GoodReads:

In 2009, Betty Slade painted an oil of Mary Magdalene titled “Mary, Do not cling to Me.” She said that the eyes in this portrait haunted her and she felt Mary Magdalene had something to say.”I saw her pain and her yearning to tell me about her redemption. From a life snatched away in childhood to an unbearable demon possessed existence, she buried her inner self. She flaunted her pride and lost her dignity. When she came to herself she turned from the seduction of lies, blew out the red candle, and wrapped her soul in the promise of redemption.”

Mary Magdalene struggled with many of our present day issues. The answer she found was in plain sight. Love is the fulfillment of every soul and it comes in the morning light begging to be let in. History will do as it wishes. It confuses truth, compounds guilt, and shackles reality, but love is stronger than history.

Spirit of the Red Candle: Journal of Mary Magdalene is the first in The Scarlet Triangle Series. Mary Magdalene yearns to be free from the seven demons clutching her soul. Her journal chronicles her life in Magdala and her struggles to break free from demon possession. Mary Magdalene’s life unfolds from bondage into belonging.

From the Journal of Mary Magdalene:
The red stain of the pomegranate on our lips will linger through the night, but his words have been etched in my heart. I will travel with him. I will taste the strange new fruits from the lands he will show me. The chill of the wind cooled our mounting passion but not before I captured his heart.


Compelling isn’t it…


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(CLOSED) Giveaway! | A Light in The Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick | Based on a True Story!

A LIght in the Wilderness


Have you started reading A Light in the Wilderness yet!


Would you like to win a copy?

I am excited to announce that Revell Books has provided a book for me to GIVE AWAY to one blessed winner!

It could be you…



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A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick | Based on a True Story

A LIght in the Wilderness

Jane Kirkpatrick certainly has a way with retelling true stories.

I previously read and reviewed her Emma of Aurora Trilogy and this is just as wonderfully done!

It is difficult enough to write an accurate Historical novel but to write about real people and real events and do it with a fictional flair – well, that takes real skill!

The idea of freedom has intrigued people for centuries. It had inspired explorers and spurred on tired travelers and Jane has used that same fire to drive her re-telling of the story behind “A Light in the Wilderness”.

If all history books were so entertaining and heart-wrenching, maybe school children everywhere would have an easier time remembering the facts and figures and dates and events that fill History books.

It’s clear Jane has done her homework here. Yes, there are things that can not be known about these historical figures but Jane fills in those details in a way that rings absolutely true and serves to add to the story of their documented experiences.




Here is what Baker Publishing has to say about A Light in the Wilderness:

Three very different women. One dangerous journey. And a future that seems just out of reach.

Letitia holds nothing more dear than the papers that prove she is no longer a slave. They may not cause most white folks to treat her like a human being, but at least they show she is free. She trusts in those words she cannot read–as she is beginning to trust in Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant cattleman who wants her to come west with him.

Nancy Hawkins is loathe to leave her settled life for the treacherous journey by wagon train, but she is so deeply in love with her husband and she knows she will follow him anywhere–even when the trek exacts a terrible cost.

Betsy is a Kalapuya Indian, the last remnant of a once proud tribe in the Willamette Valley in Oregon territory. She spends her time trying to impart the wisdom and ways of her people to her grandson. But she will soon have another person to care for.

As season turns to season, suspicion turns to friendship, and fear turns to courage, three spirited women will discover what it means to be truly free in a land that makes promises it cannot fulfill. This multilayered story from bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick will grip your heart and mind as you travel on the dusty and dangerous Oregon Trail into the boundless American West. Based on a true story.


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