By Samuel Hofer
Hofer Publications, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 2002, 184 pages, softcover.
From the day to day life, to the community order, relationships, life cycles, 470-year history, and the challenges Hutterites have endured - and continue to face - in keeping old traditions alive while living in a fast changing world: this book captures the essence of what it means to live as a Hutterite.
The author who was born and raised in a Hutterite colony, weaves his own experiences and observations into the text, and he also speaks frankly about the challenges of leaving and making a life outside the haven of the Hutterite community. Finally, he deals with some of the most common questions and misconceptions about Hutterite people.
Mack McConnel of Rural Montana Magazine writes: "His (Hofer's) account of Hutterite life, past and present, is objective, thorough and entertaining. Myths about the Hutterites - and there are many - are dispelled...while Hofer criticizes some practices and experiences of the past, his pride of his heritage is obvious...He paints an intimate picture of their lives with a matter of fact brush that allows the reader to understand without judging...The book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand our Hutterite neighbors."
Hofer includes more than 140 photographs of Hutterite life, an excellent bibliography and a glossary of terms.
The Hutterites: Lives and Images of a Communal People
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