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.
Plainspoken series—real-life stories of Amish and Mennonites includes:
Book 1—Chasing the Amish Dream: My Life as a Young Amish Bachelor by Loren Beachy
Book 2—Called to Be Amish: My Journey from Head Majorette to the Old Order by Marlene Miller
Book 3—Hutterite Diaries: Wisdom from My Prairie Community by Linda Maendel
<p>“A wonderful collection of true stories and insights, written by a thoughtful woman who loves the life she's been given.”</p> ~Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of Amish Peace, Reviews
<p>“I applaud Linda Maendel for giving us a unique firsthand account of her life on a Hutterite colony. It's wonderful to see Hutterite writers emerge and take their place in the mainstream!”</p> ~Mary-Ann Kirby, author of I Am Hutterite and Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen, Reviews
<p>“Linda Maendel’s clear vision and her loving heart wrapped me in a fine quilt of story as I read. Of all of the books on Hutterites that I have seen, this is the one that I cherish.”</p> ~Joe McLellan, author of the Nanabosho series, Reviews
<p>“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. Linda Maendel takes you deep into Hutterian community life one gentle picture at a time.”</p> ~Shirley Showalter, author of Blush, Reviews
<p>“<i>Hutterite Diaries</i> is an insightful look into Hutterite colony life from an insider who not only describes what life is like there but why things are done in particular ways. Maendel’s explanations will not only resonate with all Hutterites but also provide an important introduction to Hutterite life for non-Hutterites.”</p> ~Rod Janzen, author of The Hutterites in North America, Reviews
<p>“<i>Hutterite Diaries</i> is a welcome and long overdue contribution that fills a void in the daily events of a Hutterite. This book reveals a way of life that seems extraordinary to the outside world.”</p> ~Paul M. Wipf, farm steward, Reviews
<p>“I so much enjoyed the chance to step into the Hutterite community and feel a part of it. Linda Maendel’s delightful use of the power of story makes the <i>Hutterite Diaries</i> the type of book that is universal and enduring.”</p> ~Sigmund Brouwer, author of Thief of Glory, Reviews
<p>“What an amazing book! Informative, interesting, entertaining, and very well written. Through skillfully told stories, Linda Maendel, an insider, guides the reader on a journey exploring the world of a Hutterite community. Her book provides an important addition to the literature now available about Hutterite life.”</p> ~John J. Friesen, professor emeritus, Reviews