Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hutterite Diaries: Wisdom from My Prairie Community, by Linda Maendel {a book review}

About the book

What would it be like to share all your possessions and live in Christian community?

In Hutterite Diaries, Linda Maendel offers a rare glimpse into the daily routines and communal faith of her people, the Hutterian Brethren. From stories of working together to bring in the fall potato harvest to laugh-out-loud tales of sisterly love laced with revenge, Maendel invites readers into her Bruderhof, or colony, nestled on the prairie of western Canada. Here children and adults work, play, eat, and worship together, crafting a community of goods and living out an alternative to the individualism and consumerism of mainstream society.

Few outsiders know anything about the Hutterites, a Plain Christian group related to the Amish and Mennonites. Maendel’s story invites readers into deeper understanding of this community of faith, calling us to take seriously the example of Jesus and the early church in our daily living.

What I thought of the book

When we lived in Montana, we lived not far from two or three Hutterite communities. We often saw them on the sidewalks and in the stores in our little town, as well as in Great Falls. I was intrigued by their lifestyle.

I was happy to have a chance to read Hutterite Diaries, and learn a little bit about their community life. Especially fascinating to me was Linda's sharing of the history of Hutterian Brethren in Euroupe, as well as that of the Anabaptists. My own family ancestry traces back to Anabaptists, as well (so I have been told).

If you are interested in learning more about the communal life of the Hutterites, you will find this book fascinating.

About the author

Linda Maendel is a Hutterite author, blogger, and educator who lives in Elm River Colony outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.

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