I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young

I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young A Fascinating journey into the heart and culture of a reclusive religious communityI Am Hutterite takes readers into the hidden heart of the little known Hutterite colony in southern Manitoba where author Mary Ann Kirkby spent her childhood When she was ten years old her parents packed up their seven children and a handful of possessions and left the security of the colony to start a new life Overnight they were thrust into a world they didn t understand, a world that did not understand themBefore she left the colony Mary Ann had never tasted macaroni and cheese or ridden a bike She had never heard of Walt Disney or rock and roll She was forced to reinvent herself, denying her heritage to fit in with her peers With great humor, Kirkby describes how she adapted to popular culture and with raw honesty her family s deep sense of loss for their community More than a history lesson, I Am Hutterite is a powerful tale of retracing steps and understanding how our beginnings often define us Controversial and acclaimed by the Hutterite community, Kirkby s book unveils the rich history and traditions of her people, giving us a rare and intimate portrait of an extraordinary way of life


10 thoughts on “I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage

  1. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    I m back to one of my major 2018 reading goals to read a bunch from Alaska and Canada You can t read the prairies of Canada without reading about the Hutterites I read three books from their own voices, two of which I got from a Canadian reading friend who grew up on the prairies too The oth


  2. Saloma Miller Saloma Miller says:

    A Hutterite StoryIt was several years after I left the Amish that I first heard about Hutterites through a magazine article At the time I was astonished that there could be a third branch of Anabaptists that I had never heard about during my 23 years of living in an Amish community The other two a


  3. Lacey Louwagie Lacey Louwagie says:

    Krystl tempered her bad review of this book by stating that it wasn t the type of book she d usually read, which is a fair qualification Unfortunately, I also found this book to be below average, and it IS the type of book I like to read I ve been particularly drawn to memoirs lately, but this one falls


  4. DeB MaRtEnS DeB MaRtEnS says:

    I m waffling a bit on the rating I ve given this onelike a 3.5, but parts of it had 5 star quality Very interesting reading about the Hutterites, who, though I ve seen them at times shopping and driven by their large farms, I knew virtually nothing about As with a number of different European groups who pulle


  5. Homeschoolmama Homeschoolmama says:

    This was a wonderfully rich read, with lots of honest gritty details about the author s childhood living in a Hutterite colony replete with descriptions of the food, the constant companionship of the fellow Hutterite families, most of which were large, with 7 kids each , the banter and teasing, the unique clothing


  6. Carol Carol says:

    This is book is very special to me I love what Mary Ann Kirby says in this book for it is only when we embrace our past that we can find true fulfillment in our future p.228 Her statement spells out the reason for my own search for my family s beginnings.Mary Ann was invited by a friend to write a magazine article about


  7. Elinor Elinor says:

    Super interesting memoir, especially for people from the prairies who see Hutterites all the time, yet know nothing about them This memoir helps to alleviate the general ignorance and mine in particular about the everyday lives and spiritual beliefs of this communal society Although I could never live this way, I now understan


  8. Sheila Sheila says:

    Interesting, yet somehow lacking.I admit I was interested in learning about the Hutterite people, and their way of life This book is written by a woman who was raised as a Hutterite until her parents left the community when she was 10 years old Then we learn of her struggles to fit into the English world, where even things as simple


  9. Coyle Coyle says:

    So first, a caveat at first glance, this is totally a chick book I started reading it because, well, it was free see the legal jargon below and I am a fan of book books and freeness The blurb on the back cover and the various promotions given make it seem as if the book is about a young girl s struggle to fit in to English society after l


  10. Heather Heather says:

    About twenty pages into this book I wasn t sure I was going to like it, but by page 50 I was hooked and I had a hard time putting it down I was drawn to this book because I like reading about things that are different from what I know or experience I think the author has a unique viewpoint, having lived the Hutterite way of life and then living


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