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We Sinners by Hanna Pylväinen
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Sep 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, general-fiction, top-10-2012
Read from August 27 to September 01, 2012

I found this to be enjoyable. It was about a large Finnish family living somewhere in Michigan. The family were members of a Laestadian Lutheran Church which is small sect of Lutheranism (sp?)believing in no birth control (hence 9 kids resulting in poverty both physically and spiritually), no dancing, no tv. This leaves them as outsiders. Many of the kids classmates believe them to be brainwashed.
The family also are outsiders in the church because their father is the minister (all Laestadian clergy are lay). Individuals in the family also further divide themselves over time between believers (staying with the church) and non-believers (choosing life away from the church). Unlike the Amish, non-believers are still welcomed and communicated with after their decision even though it can be very contentious.
What does unite them is that they are all sinners. The non-believers overtly and the believers as part of their day to day as they absolve and bless each other in greeting. Many parts of their religion are very touching and they do manage some grace towards the non-believers.
This was a short book tightly written.
I look forward to more from this first time author.


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