Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Litfuse Review: Hutterite Diaries by:Linda Maendel
About the Book:
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. Because few outsiders know anything about the Hutterites, a Plain Christian group related to the Amish and Mennonites, this book offer a rare-glimpse into Hutterite life.
I first learned of this community from a television show, not too terribly long ago. So when news of this review came across my inbox I sort of had a feel for what the book would include. The Hutterite community is very similar to that of the Amish or Mennonite communities. The community that the author belongs to seems to have richly grounded beliefs. They hold to many traditions like that of the Amish or Mennonite communities. I found the sharing of her stories to be refreshing especially in today's world when such legalism and consumerism has taken the world by storm--the Hutterite community shares with one another and relies on each other like brothers and sisters in Christ should.
I particularly liked the chapter on Christmas. Many of the stories that the author tells us are similar to what goes on between my children. I love how she tells the stories word for word so we aren't left to our own imagination. Many of the stories are heartfelt and encouraging. I loved learning about this community!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse.