Monday, July 5, 2010

Book Review: I Am Hutterite

The Hutterites are perhaps the least well-known of all the Anabaptist sects to emigrate to North America. Most people know at least a little bit about the Mennonites or the Amish, but if you ask most people about the Hutterites they’ll probably respond with, “Huh?”

Growing up I was fascinated with my grandmother’s Mennonite roots. I lived in an area where there were numerous surrounding Mennonite communities and even an Amish community. So when the opportunity came along to read “I Am Hutterite” by Mary Ann Kirkby, I leapt at the opportunity to learn more about these particular Anabaptists, and especially about what sets them apart from the rest.

In Kirkby’s memoir she presents a fascinating retelling of her own coming of age and of her reclamation of her roots. But in this book you won’t just discover a story about her family and their plight. You’ll also discover a great deal about these community-based Christians, who boldly sought out to live Acts 2: 44-45 as closely as possible.

In reading “I Am Hutterite” you’ll be transported to a window to the past, showing the ancient ways of the Hutterite people. But you’ll also discover that windows to the past can also be glimmers of future hope as well.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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