Before reading I Am Hutterite, written by Mary-Ann Kirkby, I had never heard of the Hutterite religion or culture. Since reading it, I feel as if I have actually been inside one of the Hutterite colonies. Kirkby exhibits an extraordinary ability to draw the reader so fully into her writing, you feel as if you've been right by her side the whole time. She transports you to another place and time and even after tearing yourself away from this intriguing page-turner, bits and pieces of the story stay with you. You really come to know and love(or not:)her colorful characters. You sympathize with them. I especially loved Kirkby's authentic use of the Hutterite language. She so seamlessly translates for her reader's benefit and it really helps include everyone. Not being familiar with the Hutterite culture, it was easy for me to feel like I was reading fiction, but knowing it was truly Mary-Ann Kirkby's life made reading this book quite an eye-opening experience. I Am Hutterite brings up issues of prejudice, faith, acceptance, healing and the importance of fulfilling one's destiny. It is an amazing story of seeking your own truth and living your own best life no matter what trials and tribulations you are faced with. I applaud Mary-Ann Kirkby for a job well done and congratulate her on her healing journey.
Thanks to Book Sneeze for providing ABCD Diaries with a review copy of I Am Hutterite. We were not otherwise compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone.