Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I Am Hutterite By Mary-Ann Kirkby

I Am Hutterite is an amazing story of one family's trials and joys of being part of a very conservative, peaceful religious group in a world that doesn't see things like they do.

I was very interested in reading this book, because I have actually seen/met a few Hutterites. In August of 2007, I caught my first glimpse of them during a mission trip to Canada. They stood out because of their differences, and I wondered exactly why where they different besides their dress. They reminded me a lot of the Mennonites in our part of the continent (CO), but instead of the plain clothes of the Amish and Mennonites, their dresses were colorful and their head coverings were polka-dot.

Here is a picture of the one group we saw while helping at the annual Taber, Alberta Cornfest. This picture was taken in August of 2007.

I digress... I Am Hutterite is Mary-Ann Kirkby's true-life story of being born into the life of a Hutterite and what happened during that time and afterward when her family left the colony and struck out on their own. It's an amazing story of courage and love and the gifts she received from the colony, her family.

It was a great book and an easy read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in how others live. If you are reading this and you've been to Canada with me... GET THIS BOOK! Read it, enjoy it and remember to continue reaching out to them!

For more information check out Thomas Nelson publishers.

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Last Christian by David Gregory

Abigail Caldwell is the 34 year old daughter of missionaries to the Inisi tribe in Papua New Guinea. She has recently emerged from that culture because of a nightmarish ordeal, and has been thrust into the modern culture of the United States in 2088 A.D., where Science is ruler and God is almost nonexistent. Her grandparents left a cryptic message to her, 16 years earlier! Should she tackle the impossible-- reintroducing Christianity to a secular world?

Meanwhile, leading artificial intelligence industry has taken off, creating a technique to download the human brain into a silicon form potentially eliminating physical death. Brain transplants begin, but problems that arise are hidden so the advancement of technology can continue.

Abigail is soon joined by Creighton Daniels, a historian who is concerned about the unexpected death of his father.

You can download the first chapter here: Chapter one.

About the Author:

David Gregory is the coauthor of two nonfiction books and a frequent conference speaker. After a ten-year business career, he returned to school to study religion and communications, earning two master's degrees. David lives in Texas, where he works for a nonprofit organization.

You can check out an interview with the author here.