Friday, July 17, 2015

Hutterite Diaries - Review

Hutterite Diaries
Linda Maendel
Herald Press
$12.99 paperback/ $8.99 ebook
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I've always been fascinated with 'simpler' ways of life - from Amish to Mennonite to Shaker to the Hutterites. While I consider myself well versed in the ways of the Amish and Mennonites, I knew comparatively of the Hutterites. This book provides a fascinating look into the daily lives of a colony of Hutterian Brethren on the prairies of western Canada. 

We learn both the deep intricacies of their faith and the minutiae of everyday life in the colony. The book is written as if the author is sitting in front of us, just chatting away. This is a book to savor, one chapter at a time. Each chapter is a gift, a retelling of a simpler life, one like our great-grandparents lived. This life isn't for everyone, indeed, their numbers are dwindling, but with this remarkable book, perhaps the Hutterite way of life will be remembered for years to come.

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