I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage Paperback – Mar 1 2010
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"A superb memoir... this has the makings of a prairie classic." - AWARD JURY, SASK BOOK AWARDS
"Honest, strong, clear, direct, it opens the door on what has been for so many of us a completely closed world." - WINNIPEG FREE PRESS--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Journalist and award-winning author MARY-ANN KIRKBY covered aboriginal issues for CTV and served as media relations consultant for the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. She has won Can-Pro Awards for political reporting and for hosting a children's program. Kirkby lives in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan with her husband and son.
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This novel answers the questions that I have had in regards to the Hutterites. While I find it disturbing in places on how different their lives are from conventional society, I find it a breath of fresh air to know that the same difficulties arise in their lives as in the lives of what is considered a typical lifestyle.
I didn't either, until I read this book. It was sent to me for review by Thomas Nelson. Kirkby tells the story of her family, lifelong Hutterites, who eventually left the shelter of their colony and struggled to make a life for themselves in the outside world.
The main principle governing Hutterite life is the sharing of food and property. Meals are cooked communally - "twenty-five dozen buns and fifteen loaves of bread" for one colony each week. Men meet regularly to discuss major purchases which will be used for everyone's good.
Like so many things in life, this has positives and negatives. No one goes hungry, but there's no much chance of a private life either. And one day, the needs of Mary-Ann's family conflict once too often with the wishes of the colony's minister.
But the book actually starts with Mary Maendel, the author's mother, and her marriage to Ronald Dornn. While this wasn't fast-paced or dramatic, it was fascinating to read because it described the Hutterite mindset, daily life and history in detail. It's like an adult, German-influenced version of "Little House on the Prairie".
One warning, though. If you're going to try this book, please have some food on hand. I got really peckish after reading about soft cheese sprinkled with caraway seeds and waffles soaked in whiskey.
Mary Dornn's marriage resulted in seven living children, the youngest of whom was only four when her husband cut his ties with a community where his family was fed and protected but where he had almost no autonomy. For instance, he was denied permission to take a trip to visit his sisters in Ontario.Read more ›
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...despite all, have a great admiration for the Hutterite culture and way of life...
In today's world, they are indeed blessed.
Extremely interesting stories and cultural insight into Hutterites.Published 16 months ago by K. Vanderpool
I love reading true stories, and I Am Hutterite is proving to be very enjoyable and giving me a glimpse of a simpler life and a perhaps more fulfilling life, compared to the life... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michelle Muran
Absolutely great story , loved it . Can relate a lot to it . Can't wait to read the next onePublished 18 months ago by jay
The first half of the book was very intriguing to me but I found the last half of the book not as interesting.Published 18 months ago by Zealot