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Book Review: I Am Hutterite by Mary Ann Kirkby

May 9, 2010

I Am Hutterite is the story of Mary Ann Kirkby’s girlhood days spent in a Hutterite community.  The Hutterites live in communal colonies which are centered around a strict and highly conservative religious belief system.  When Kirkby’s parents made the difficult decision to leave the colony with their seven children, they were thrust into modern “English” culture with no income, no support system, and no foundation for understanding how assimilate into a world that had little understanding or respect for them.

I found this book riveting.  Kirkby tells her story with a gentle simplicity that opens the door on a way of life barely imaginable to those of us who have grown up in modern culture.  She speaks of the good, the bad, and the ugly with no judgment or bitterness, and her story honors her Hutterite upbringing without idealizing it.  I was completely unfamiliar with the Hutterites before reading this book and I found every page loaded with lively characters and fascinating stories.  It is a delightful but cautionary tale of the benefits and costs that come with living in intentional, structured community.

I am grateful to have received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing for the purpose of review.  I definitely recommend this book!

One Comment leave one →
  1. OrgarveEnvero permalink
    May 28, 2010 3:18 pm

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