I Am Hutterite by Mary-Ann Kirkby (Review)

I Am Hutterite
by Mary-Ann Kirkby

When I saw that I Am Hutterite would soon be released by Thomas Nelson, I watched with anticipation for it to appear on Book Sneeze so that I could obtain a copy for review. Always fascinated by the Amish stories and history, this new book would be a similar simplicity of life to unwrap and peer into. 

The story of the Mary-Ann Kirkby’s unusual upbringing draws a rich picture of several colonies of Hutterites and what life consists of for one living within. Kirkby’s words and descriptions enliven each page keeping the short clips of her life moving as if looking through a well-worn scrapbook of a dearly beloved friend. The book is an enjoyable read full of very real characters and difficulties true to anyone’s life that draw you towards Canadian country living as conservative as it comes. Kirkby shares the hurts and triumphs of the Hutterite life as well as that of one leaving the community for the outside world. Her journey is not so unfamiliar as her life would suggest, for you find a woman who remembers true desires to fit in and belong as the family struggles to right itself. 

Although I was not compelled to read night after night, I found I Am Hutterite very enjoyable.  If you delight in a true memoir, you must find your own copy to devour. Just promise me that you will read to the very end, including the “Afterword”. I found the very last paragraph wonderfully satisfying and beautifully human!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com  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.”


The Good News We Almost Forgot

by Kevin De Young
I started a short lived series on this book last May which you can find here, here, and here. I really meant to write weekly as I read. My shortcomings in finishing posting should not diminish the worth of the book in any manner. Young’s writing is full of interesting, short chapters delving into necessary theological thought. When I came to the last page, my first thought was to begin anew reading just one chapter each week as the 52 Lord’s Days seem to insist. I like the idea of reminding myself the basics of what I know to be true.
I highly recommend that you do not miss The Good News We Almost Forgot!
I received this book in exchange for one honest review, it was my idea to write more and I do look forward to rereading this book this year!

Tell Your Time Ebook Review

How To Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Fulfilled
e-book by Amy Andrews

When Tell Your Time arrived in my email, I immediately downloaded it and popped it onto my Kindle to read as time allowed. Being that that the book is short, I was able to finish in just a few short readings (which, honestly, is how we moms read, right?) The ideas presented are practical, fun, and enabling for journalers and list-makers alike. With just four steps and no needless ramblings, you come away with a schedule that works with the life you live; re-purposing your moments for what you desire. I particularly enjoyed the section on the roles we play and plan to go back to that when the newness of 2011 subsides.

I would recommend this ebook to anyone frustrated with your schedule or desiring a revamp.  This week is the perfect time to purchase it as it is on sale for only $7 with the coupon code CLEANSLATE.

Let me know if you take the plunge or what new schedule changes you are making this year!

I received Tell Your Time free of charge in exchange for my honest review. If you chose to purchase the ebook from the link above, I am not a part of the affiliate program presently and will not receive anything when you do so.