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

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A Fascinating journey into the heart and culture of a reclusive religious community.
I 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 col
Paperback, Large Print, 401 pages
Published August 17th 2011 by Christian Large Print (first published June 1st 2007)
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Saloma Miller
Sep 11, 2011 Saloma Miller rated it really liked it
A Hutterite Story

It 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 are Amish and Mennonites). Since then I have read more articles about Hutterites, but I was always left wanting for more information, which left an air of mystery and intrigue around them -- I imagine
Lacey Louwagie
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 short.

I picked the book up because there's a large Hutterite colony near where Ivan grew up in South Dakota (I found out from this book that it was actually the first Hutterite colony establish
I'm waffling a bit on the rating I've given this one- more like 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 pulled away from Catholicism in the 1500's when Protestantism was rising with the likes of Martin Luther, and who were being burned alive for heresy, those who came to be known as Hutter
Aug 25, 2011 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
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 Hutterite gardens. But it turned into a journey into past starting with her Hutterite beginnings. Her family lived in a Hutterite colony in southern Manitoba, Canada. Hu
Jun 16, 2014 Homeschoolmama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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 and the prayer meetings and leadership. Kirkby describes a happy childhood, where there is always an abundance of food and an abundance of things to do. There are many chores and th ...more
Jul 11, 2010 Coyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 leaving a Hutterite colony in Canada.
However, that was not the case at all. The book is instead mostly a narrative of life as a Hutterite. Of the 235 page
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 in the world as I know it.

I found reading about a culture that I knew nothing about so interesting. I live in a province that has a lot of Hutterites i
Randi S
Jan 13, 2011 Randi S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

What's a Hutterite? Don't worry, I had no idea either. Judging the book by it's cover (I know, how awful of me), I figured it was a community of people like the Amish or Mennonite.

I was wrong and I was right. Of course the Hutterites are a community of people with the same religious, moral, and all other values. They dress the same. Their community is focused around their faiths (an anabaptist faith like Amish and Mennonite). And they are only found in cer
Jade Lauron
A little sticker shocked at first, ten bucks for a book just over 200 pages long? I decided I'd return it if I wasn't quite pleased with the book. I also thought Hutterites were some kind of Amish offshoot, which only goes to show you how totally ignorant I was.

So I learned quite a bit, and I've decided to keep the book, even though I still think the price is a bit steep. It's a good book, but still a seven dollar good book. On the other hand, since it's probably the only book she writes, and si
Karen Chung
Sep 26, 2014 Karen Chung rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a sheer delight to read. Part of the reason may be because I grew up in a family still quite connected to our German roots, and I learned some German at home and in school; I'd also read a bit about the Hutterites when I was very young. But it was also eyeopening to read about somebody who was born and grew up Canada, but who eventually ended up experiencing mainstream North American culture like a foreigner in her own country.

The descriptions of life in a Hutterite family and colo
Jul 05, 2014 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 as mayonnaise are foreign to her.

In the end though this book just seemed to peter out, without any real wrap up or conclusion. Maybe that is how her life was. S
Courtney Oppel
Feb 20, 2014 Courtney Oppel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having grown up seeing the local Hutterites flood the box stores once a month and sell their highly praised produce at farmer's markets during the summer, I couldn't resist picking up a book written by a Hutterite, in which she provides vignettes of her life. Kirkby's story is a welcome glimpse into this otherwise closed society, and she talks of her community with openness, honesty, and respect. I appreciated learning about the history and current make-up of these communities, as well as their ...more
Mar 10, 2017 Gayle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It really is fascinating, just as the subtitle suggests. I truly enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in history, people and memoirs.
Aug 28, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I had never heard of the Hutterite sect before our book club decided to read "I am Hutterite" by Mary-Ann Kirkby. Founded in the 16th century in Moravia, they emigrated to the United States in the late 19th century. Because they are conscientious objectors, entire Hutterite colonies moved in Canada at the time of WWI. They live in "colonies" that typically max out at 150 members. Similar in some ways to the Amish and the Mennonites, the Hutterites are different in that they have a committment to ...more
Krystl Louwagie
Once again, I don't feel as though the low star rating is completely fair here-this isn't really the type of book I'd be overly interested in, so it wasn't really written for me. No surprise that I didn't enjoy it a lot. But my mind was open to being interested in it, just not held that well. In general, I like books that aren't like real life, or books that I learn something from (like textbooks, and glorified textbooks). Not so much the in-between. I thought that perhaps this would fall into t ...more
Lora Lee Hensel
I am glad I read this book about a family who left the comfort and security of a Hutterite Colony to make their own living on a farm in Canada. I chose to read this book because of a school day I spent observing and assisting in a Hutterite Colony school near Yankton, SD (BonHomme). A young man at the colony toured me (and the other teachers) through their agricultural and food preparation areas showing us a highly functional community. As a teacher, I came away discouraged by the school communi ...more
Jan 30, 2017 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is well-written, and an easy read. I finished it in one sitting. The subtitle is a little misleading; it gave me the impression that the author had left the Hutterites so young that she had vague memories. In fact, she had continuing contact with the colony at least into young adulthood.

She describes a life of hard work tempered by a strong sense of community, with plenty of fun. The fact that the adults all kept substantial stashes of store-bought candy, which everyone indulged in of
Mar 25, 2015 Bryce rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was interested in reading this memoir because I remember seeing Hutterites all the time, growing up in Montana. In their old fashioned clothes, they were very noticable at Target or the supermarket. They were viewed as "other" and we kids heard suspicious and mostly improbable things about the way they lived and what they were like. I was hoping this memoir would unravel some of those childhood bigotries and paint a real picture of the Hutterite lifestyle and religion.

Instead, Kirkby writes a
Amy Elaine
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Jul 25, 2010 Lynnea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The fifth book provided to me by Thomas Nelson Publishers for review was I Am Hutterite by Mary-Ann Kirkby.
This book took me a long time to get through. There were so many characters and I really had a hard time following. It wasn't until I was more than halfway through the book that I realized there was a family tree and a Hutterite Language Glossary at the back of the book. Had I noticed that earlier, it would have helped immensely.
Reading about the Hutterites and how they live: feeling so she
**I'll refrain from rating since I didn't complete** I wanted to read this so badly, just to get a glimpse into the Hutterite colony in Canada and learn about the sect. Yet the first three chapters start in the third person narrative, and deals with Mary's mother (also named Mary). Every time a memoir doesn't start with first person, it loses me. Maybe I'll revisit after clearing my shelf?...
Aug 30, 2016 Trea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 pretty sure I couldn't live in a religious commune, but it is interesting to read about. Regardless of ones upbringing we all make a decision to stay in the same lifestyle as our parents or move on and explore the planet and ourselves. Thank you for sharing your story.

I think the best part of being Hutterite would be unlimited access to the bakery!
Nov 29, 2016 Cher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating look inside a rather misunderstood and mysterious culture. I fell in love with voice of all the characters and my mouth was watering as the meals from the kitchen were described. Engaging, informative, light, and lovable.
Aug 23, 2008 Alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Should be read by anyone who has encountered Hutterites. This memoir will teach you more about the culture than anything else you've ever encountered.

Heart-felt, and interesting.
Nanette Johansen
An overall good read. I visited an Hutterite colony while in Montana recently and they intrigued me. This was just the view I was looking for.
Aug 03, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This memoir conveys with grace and honesty what life is like in a Hutterite colony as well as in the scary "English" world. I learned a great deal from reading this.
Donna Kliewer
A look into a world that I was unaware existed. Facinating!
Jan 22, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enojyed this surprise find from the library. Very interesting look at Kirkby's experience of communal living as a Hutterite child.
Jan 08, 2011 Joanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Got bogged down in the superfluous details about Hutterite dress, wedding customs, and genealogical history. Reads more like anthropology than a memoir.
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