04 June 2015

Hutterite Diaries: Widsom from My Prairie Community by Linda Maendel

About the Book
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.

Linda Maendel’s Hutterite Diaries: Wisdom from My Prairie Community offers a brief and engaging glimpse at a unique community. The Hutterites, a faith community often associated with yet different from the Amish and Mennonites, have a strong and evident orientation to communal living, doing and sharing most everything together. To give readers a peek at the life inside this community, Maendel tells entertaining and interesting stories of her everyday life and discusses the shared values and customs. A well-written, quick book, Hutterite Diaries is a worthwhile read - I certainly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to read it, as I did not know anything about this particular community beforehand. Readers interested in learning a bit about the Hutterites should definitely take the time to read Linda Maendel’s book.

Thanks to LitFuse Publicity Group, I received a copy of Hutterite Diaries and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. To read other opinions, be sure to check out what other reviewers think here, and purchase a copy of the book here.

About the Author
Linda Maendel is a Hutterite author, blogger, and educator who lives in Elm River Colony outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Find Linda online at her website and Twitter.


  1. That sounds fascinating! I don't know much about the Hutterites -- couldn't have told you anything at all about them before reading your review, actually -- but they sound like they would be so interesting to read about.

  2. Thanks for sharing my book with your readers, Hallie! I appreciate reading your thoughts on Hutterite Diaries!