I Am Hutterite (by) Mary-Ann Kirkby
The author takes the reader on a trip to the past, beginning before she was born, later telling of her family leaving the Hutterite clan.
Mary-Ann explains indepth what it was like to be a Hutterite and to live in a colony. There are approximately 45,000 Hutterites living in 460 colonies throughout North America.
When I saw this book on the Thomas Nelson list of books to review it piqued my curiosity but not sufficient enough to order it. Later I was contacted by Jodi of Thomas Nelson Publishers to read it. Upon learning the Hutterites are spiritual cousins to the Amish and Mennonites I decided to review it.
At first I thought how intriguing it would be to become a Hutterite. They do not earn wages but share all their material things and work together for the common good. It brings to mind the early church mentioned in Acts 4:32. However, it could also be a place of tension and conflict.
I had a hard time getting into the book, almost laying it aside several times. Once I delved into the book I found much wit and humor. I found it interesting that the Hutterites created Kindergarten 300 years before the modern European Kindergarten system was established.
I believe this is a great book for someone interested in learning about Hutterites or their spiritual cousins.
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