Hutterite Diaries by Linda Maendel

Posted 7 June, 2015 by Paige in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

I received the following book from The Publisher via Litfuse in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Hutterite Diaries by Linda MaendelHutterite Diaries by Linda Maendel
Published by MennoMedia on May 18th 2015
Genres: Christian, Memoir
Pages: 150
Format: Paperback
Source: The Publisher via Litfuse
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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.

Having always been fascinated with Amish and Mennonite culture, I was quite interested in hearing, er… reading, more about the Hutterian Brethren. In its mere 150 pages, this book truly took me on a journey as I learned more about the people behind the group. I found it to be a quick, enjoyable read that I would recommend to others like myself that also enjoy books about the Plainspoken. I really like the way Linda really let you in on the day to day lives of her community. To be honest, I would love to read more about the Hutterite – especially from this author. She portrayed everything in such a simple yet delightful way that it found myself leaving the book with a deeper understanding of this religious group and I’m grateful to have been granted the privilege of a peek into her life within the pages.

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