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Hutterite books present negative view of culture

2014-08-11T00:00:00Z 2014-08-11T08:27:05Z Hutterite books present negative view of culture The Billings Gazette
August 11, 2014 12:00 am

I used to live at Kilby Butte Colony near Roundup until I got married in 2012 and moved to my husband's colony in North Dakota. The colony where I now live, Forest River, is the same one from which Jason and Titus Waldner, and Glenda Maendel of "the Nine" left. I wrote a letter as an answer to the Nine’s first book when it came out last year. Here is a link: hutterites.org/author/carolmaendel/ as it would be too long to enter in this section. I encourage you to print my letter as a fairer portrayal of Hutterite life than was given in the Nine’s book.

I have heard from many who read the book, Hutterite and non-Hutterite alike, that their book presents a very negative and critical view of Hutterite life. Hutterite life is not perfect, and we do have our share of problems and issues, just as any other church. But it is disconcerting to think that their book will be the only insight many people have into Hutterite life.

People in Billings have more experience with Hutterite (good and bad), but as to knowing a little bit about our culture and history, there is a lack of honest literature about Hutterites. I hope my letter helps shed a little light on our sheltered yet colorful way of life.

Carol Maendel

Fordville, N.D.

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