Hutterite Diaries by Linda Maendel book review.
by Linda Maendel
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.
This book will awaken your longing for a better world. As I read it, I smiled, laughed out loud, and cried along with the author and her community. I love the idea of Plainspoken Memoirs and eagerly await more. Linda Maendel takes you deep into Hutterian community life one gentle picture at a time.
-Shirley Showalter, author, Blush
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Meet the Author
Linda Maendel is a Hutterite author, blogger, and educator who lives in Elm River Colony outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
My Review: Linda is a wonderful storyteller. She gives her readers a look into the Christian Hutterian community located on the prairie of western Canada.
Linda shares stories of her everyday life among the Hutterites. They are a resourceful, hard-working, and Christ-centered group of people who do life together. They are a close-knit community that love and care for all their members.
More than any other Anabaptist groups, however, we emphasize sharing of material goods, following the example of believers in the early church, who “had everything in common” (Acts 2:44) and “shared everything they had” (Acts 4:32). Taken from Hutterite Diaries (page 18).
Linda shares the history of the Hutterites which one can trace all the way back to the Reformation in Europe. The Anabaptist moment began on January 21, 1525 when Conrad Grebel, George Blaurock, and Felix Manz baptized one another. Over the years the Anabaptist have faced great persecution. They have been forced to move around in order to keep from being either imprisoned or killed.
Today, however, the Hutterites live freely in western Canada. I was most surprised by the fact that although they live communally they do at times travel outside their community for shopping and study. Linda had the opportunity to take a teaching methods class in Germany; while she was there she also visited Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Slovakia, and Czech Republic.
I enjoyed learning about the Hutterite community through Linda’s writings. Hutterite Diaries is a well-written, easy to read book. I would give this interesting read four stars.