I'm excited to ring in 2015 with a cover reveal for my upcoming book, Hutterite Diaries: Wisdom From My Prairie Community. As you know, I've mentioned this a few times right here, but not in great detail. This book has been in the works for many months, and I've learned so much, not only about writing, but the publishing process as well. Working on this project with Valerie Weaver-Zercher, my Herald Press editor, has been an incredibly enjoyable and enriching journey; and still is.
It's basically a collection of stories I've written over the years - some have appeared as newspaper articles, others as blog posts and there are some that have never been published anywhere before.
Here's the Publishers Blurb:
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 bringing 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.
Because few outsiders know anything about the Hutterites, a Plain Christian group related to the Amish and Mennonites, this book offers a rare-glimpse into Hutterite life.
Hutterite Diaries will not be released till May. However if you so wish, you may order it now, for a special pre-order price. It's available on Amazon and on the Herald Press website.
I'm curious, have you read any book(s) on Hutterites? If so, which one(s)? I'd love to hear your thoughts!