What is Voice?
Voice is a women’s literature group which meets every two weeks. We discuss a book related to our spiritual journey.
Additionally, we also meet occasionally to discuss a novel over a meal. This “novel” event is open to a wider audience, and allows first-timers an easy entry into the group.
Reading and discussing literature is a way of understanding our society, and how as Christians to relate intelligently to our ever changing world. We often gain insights about ourselves when we read. This is one way we can “love the Lord with our minds” and truly “Think First.” And it’s just plain fun too!
The “Novel” Event is Open to All
What are we reading for the “Novel” discussion?
Mary Ann Kirkby’s “I am Hutterite“
I Am Hutterite takes readers into the hidden heart of the little-known Hutterite colony in southern Manitoba where author Mary-Ann Kirkby spent her childhood. When she was ten years old her parents packed up their seven children and a handful of possessions and left the security of the colony to start a new life. Overnight they were thrust into a world they didn’t understand, a world that did not understand them.
Before she left the colony Mary-Ann had never tasted macaroni and cheese or ridden a bike. She had never heard of Walt Disney or rock-and-roll. She was forced to reinvent herself, denying her heritage to fit in with her peers. With great humor, Kirkby describes how she adapted to popular culture; and with raw honesty her family’s deep sense of loss for their community. More than a history lesson, I Am Hutterite is a powerful tale of retracing steps and understanding how our beginnings often define us.
Controversial and acclaimed by the Hutterite community, Kirkby’s book unveils the rich history and traditions of her people, giving us a rare and intimate portrait of an extraordinary way of life.
Winner of the 2007 Saskatchewan Book Award for Non-fiction.
- Reviews: Humboldt Journal, Montreal Gazette, Publishers Weekly, Life Blessons, Barnes & Noble (scroll down to Editorial Reviews)
- Author’s Website. Mary Ann’s Blog
- Interview with Mary Ann Kirby. Interview #2.
- Available in softcover and eBook editions from Regina Public Library, ThomasNelson ($16 US), Amazon ($12/$19 Cdn), Chapters, iBooks ($12 US), Read page 1-20 online (free).
We are meeting at Annabel R’s on Saturday, April ___ 10:00 am for a potluck brunch meal. Call Laureen at 306-757-8403 or the church office at 306-359-1450 to indicate your attendance or for further details.