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!
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