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.
A fascinating look into a Plain lifestyle. Each chapter stands alone as its own story while together, as a whole, they give a wonderful glimpse into what it means to live within this unique community of faith. Maendel shares heartbreak and humour in an easy-to-read style that captivated me. Think short articles you might find in the human interest section of a newspaper. And each one captures her faith-filled spirit and no-nonsense attitude. A winning combination.
My thanks to MennoMedia and Litfuse Publicity for providing me with a review copy of this book.
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