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.
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.
Hear straight from plain Christians as they write about their daily lives and deeply rooted faith in the Plainspoken series from Herald Press. Each book in the series includes “A Day in the Life of the Author” and the author’s answers to FAQs.
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About the Author:
Linda Maendel is a Hutterite author, blogger, and educator who lives in Elm River Colony outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
I’ve been fascinated by the Hutterite culture and religious beliefs since I saw a movie that was about Hutterites and a Levite marriage and read the book, I Am Hutterite. When this book, Hutterite Diaries by Linda Maendel came up to review I knew I had to read it – this reads more like a fire side chat than a book, and I liked that cozy feeling. Hearing about the devastating loss of her brothers in a fire to how the whole community pulls together to help one another makes me long for that life – the way the original Christians lived, in community, sharing what each had and sharing back. They have their Anabaptist roots like the Amish, Mennonites, and Old German Baptists however their dresses are more colorful and they don’t wear the capes that the other groups are known for. The women’s head coverings are black with polka dots and tied under the chin and they can wear elbow length sleeves.
Linda’s story is real, it comes with the joys and the issues that whether you live in a communal life or not that we all go through – her writing is very real and as I said it’s almost as if you’re sharing a drink and chatting with her at her fireplace (I assume she has a fireplace, maybe I’m romanticizing a bit). As with all things there will be aspects I don’t agree with – such as placing young children in the care of others for many hours a day, I understand they do this so the children learn from an early age how their community works. I also know that my children learn about our community, the world at large and also about our faith every day even though they are homeschooled. I’m looking forward to following Linda’s blog and her Twitter feeds and maybe one day I’ll get to visit a Hutterite colony, which would be a neat way to really experience that world.
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