This is an autobiography by Mary-Ann Kirkby about growing up in a Hutterite Colony in Canada in the early 60's before her parents decided to leave the colony and make a life outside of the community living. The majority of the book is devoted to rich detail of early childhood in the Hutterite structured living. Mary-Ann gives wonderful details about her trials and tribulations when transitioning to English living.
I found this book very facinating. I have always been interested in the lifestyle and traditions of various Christian Sects, including the Hutterites. It was very intersting to see a glimpse into the family structure, the Colony Structure and to have a balanced view about it. Mary-Ann does show some of the hardships that can be experienced when living outside the societal norms, and also the struggles that everyday people go through no matter their living arrangements or their belief structure.
One section of the book I found very powerful was the paralels drawn between the hardening of the Pharoh's heart and the treatment her Uncle gave her father. I would definitely recommend this book. Not only was it facinating, Mary-Ann has a natural talent for story telling which rolls through the book. It was an informative, thought provoking read that came full circle.
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