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Preview — I Am Hutterite by Mary-Ann Kirkby
I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage
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 co...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
However, that was not the case at all. The book is instead mostly a narrative of life as a Hutterite. Of the 235 page ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The descriptions of life in a Hutterite famil ...more
The author is Canadian and apparently these little-known, Anabaptist communities are quite common there. The families live in a communal setting, all work is done by assignment and families sc ...more
The author had a very secure and comfortable childhood within the colony.I'm not convinced it was so easy for her parents. At age ten, her parents were compelled to ...more
Before she left the colony Mary-Ann had never tasted macaroni and cheese or ridden a ...more
I enjoyed this book immensely. The author takes what could be a very dry telling of facts and information about the Hutterite culture and weaves a story of her heritage and childhood that is quite fascinating to read. I learned much about the Hutterite history and culture and realize that they are quite different (particulary their use of modern conveniences - appliances, vehicles, etc.) than the Amish with whom I would have lumped them together.
The e ...more
This is a very sweet autobiography told as a former Hutterite woman recollects her childhood within her colony. Mary Ann Kirkby strings together a series of sometimes touching, sometimes humorous, ...more
It's a shame because I am so interested in Anabaptist (Mennonite, Amish, Hutterite, etc.) sects. I am disappointed in this book more than anything else; I was unimpressed with the quality of the writing, ...more