I Am Hutterite by Mary-Ann Kirkby
The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman's Journey to reclaim Her Heritage

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ôYour mother and father are running away," said a voice piercing the warm air. I froze and turned toward home. To a Hutterite, nothing is more shameful than that word, running away, Weglaufen...ö

In 1969, Ann-MarieÆs parents did the unthinkable. They left a Hutterite colony in Canada with seven children, and little else, to start a new life. Overnight, the family was thrust into a society they did not understand and which knew little of their unique culture. The transition was overwhelming. Desperate to be accepted, ten-year-old Ann-Marie was forced to deny her heritage in order to fit in with her peers. I Am Hutterite chronicles her quest to reinvent herself as she comes to terms with the painful circumstances that led her family to leave community life. Rich with memorable characters and vivid descriptions, this ground-breaking narrative shines a light on intolerance, illuminating the simple truth that beneath every human exterior beats a heart longing for understanding and acceptance.

ôA superb memoir . . . this has the makings of a prairie classic.ö


ôHonest, strong, clear, direct, it opens the door on what has been for so many of us a completely closed world.ö



About Mary-Ann Kirkby

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Mary-Ann Kirkby spent her childhood in a Hutterite colony in Canada. Without warning her parents uprooted their 7 children to begin a new life in the outside world. Mary-Ann's difficult transition into popular culture led her to an award-winning career in television as a gifted storyteller.
Published May 9, 2011 by Thomas Nelson. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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At your nearest Fort Wayne bookstore, there is a book entitled, I am Hutterite by Mary Ann Kirkby, a coming-of-age memoir that gives us a peek inside the day to day life of a Hutterite colony.

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We had never tasted pizza, macaroni and cheese, or a banana split.” As for school lunches, “We were complete sandwich novices.” As you would expect, “The ringlets and hot pants wanted little or nothing to do with us.” A great schoolyard triumph comes when long-skirted Mary-Ann and her siblings ta...

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Though it is not explicitly stated in the book, it appears that both her parents and grandfather became born again, and eventually found the freedom they longed for the day they moved away from the colony.I Am Hutterite (Nelson, 2010) is compelling reading not only for those interested in religio...

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