World cultures are fascinating, and lately I've been intrigued to learn more about alternate cultures right here in America. I've read books and watched documentaries on such diverse groups as the Amish, the Shakers, hippies from the 1960s, even an eclectic group of people currently living "off the grid" in Arizona. So when I was offered the opportunity to review Mary-Ann Kirkby's memoir, I Am Hutterite, I was very interested to learn more about this sect of people. I had heard about them before, but didn't know a lot about their beliefs and customs.
Mary-Ann Kirkby was born in a Hutterite colony in Canada. When she was 10 her parents chose to leave the colony. I Am Hutterite tells the story of Mary-Ann's years with the Hutterites, the challenges of adapting to the "outside" world when they left, and then her journey back to her heritage as an adult. It is a very interesting book. I received an extra copy to offer as a giveaway. If this is something that intrigues you, leave me a comment and I'll put your name in the drawing. I will draw a name on June 20. Mention that you follow my blog to be entered twice. US addresses only, please.
I also enjoyed watching a half-hour documentary about the Hutterites that was made in the 1960s. I believe there are Hutterite colonies not too far from here in Montana. I have seen the ladies in their polka-dot scarves occasionally. While I don't feel called to follow a similar lifestyle, I do admire their strong work ethic and their willingness to follow what they believe the Bible teaches.