Saturday, May 8, 2010

Book Review - I Am Hutterite by Mary-Ann Kirkby

I just finished reading my first book from "I Am Hutterite". It was an extremely interesting book and I had a hard time putting it down!

Hutterites are a religious group that has been around since the 16th century. Their founder, Jacob Hutter, believed that God wanted a society where everyone shared property, and lived and worked together for the common good of all community members. Hence, "Hutterite colonies" were formed. "I Am Hutterite" is a true story told by Mary-Ann Kirkby about her life growing up on a Hutterite colony in Manitoba, Canada. At the age of 10, her parents chose to leave the colony, and she was then forced to learn to live in a culture that was foreign to her.

The main reason I chose to read this book is because I grew up in Alberta, Canada in an area with a number of Hutterite colonies. Hutterites had always intrigued me, but I didn't know a lot about them or their culture. I had hoped that reading this book would help me to understand them better, and it definitely did! I appreciated the details the author gave about day-to-day life on a colony. She did a great job expressing how much life changed for her and her family when her parents made the tough decision to leave the colony to live in the "English" world. It was great to see that even though her life changed dramatically at a very young age, she has come to the point in her life where she can see that her childhood life on the colony helped to make her the person she is today, and that she can't hide from her past and has chosen to embrace it.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It was a very interesting, easy read, and I feel like I learned a lot from it!

I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their program. All opinions expressed were my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

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