Saturday, May 30, 2015
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.
My thoughts: While I have heard of the Hutterites, I didn't know what set them apart from the Amish and Mennonite communities. In this book, readers are invited to read about how the Hutterite community lives. While her stories are all enjoyable, I think I liked the "day in my life" part the best, since it was interesting to see how the writer spends a normal day.
If you would like to read more about the author, check out Linda's blog.
I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.