I Am Hutterite by Mary-Ann Kirkby is a retelling of the physical, emotional, and spiritual journey taken by a young girl and her family. Choosing to leave the only life they had known, on a Hutterite Colony, to seek freedom in the English World this family had to stand together in order to survive. This memoir was filled with humorous retellings and depictions, touching moments and honest feelings. It's a story of reclaiming your past in order to live in the present. While the author is remembering her Hutterite roots, it is also a story of self-discovery. Something that we can all relate to. It is important that we take a moment to remember those who have come before us, those who have helped shape us into who we are today. It challenged me to take a look into the mirror and rediscover the lives of my ancestors.
The book was an easy read as I finished it in less than a week. It is a book that you can read for awhile, put down and then pick up again. I think this was one of the easier books to put down because in some places the chapters seemed disconnected from each other. I would recommend this book to those interested in learning more about Colony life, those interested in hearing about self-discovery, and those interested in a beautiful memoir of a faithful life. This book is a window into a world that many do not get to see, which makes it all the more interesting to read.
Thomas Nelson has been kind enough to offer me a complimentary copy of the book for review.