Hutterite Diaries - Linda Maendel

4 Stars

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.

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

I enjoyed reading this book very much! I love to read about ways of life other than my own. I find it fascinating. I love the idea of living in a "community", my friend and I actually tried to start one when my daughter was a baby but we never got it off the ground.
This is the third book about the Hutterties I have read. The other others were - I am Hutteriute, by Mary Ann Kirkby and My Hutterite Life, by Lisa M Stahl - both of these were very good as well.

I loved this author's style of writing. It was very descriptive, nice, kind of what you would see in older literature.
"I walk leisurely to the communal kitchen for breakfast, soaking up the morning air and the surrounding splendor. Autumn has painted trees and shrubs in shades of orange, yellow, and red; and some leaves have escaped onto the neatly trimmed, stillgreen lawns. Dew-kissed grass blades sparkle as if somebody shattered crystals." I love this - beautiful!
Each chapter is like a different short story explaining a different aspect of their life.
This book really goes in depth about the Hutterites' ways and their customs, as well as a lot of history! That actually was one of my favorite parts - the history, where they came from and why.
If you are the least bit curious about other ways of life - you will enjoy this one!

Thank you Litfuse for sending me this e-book for my honest review!

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1 comment:

  1. It would be great if you added this to the Books You Loved - June collection. Cheers from Carole's Chatter