The authors of "Hutterites: Our Story to Freedom" will visit the Fargo Barnes and Noble on Sunday, December 15 at 1:00 p.m. They will sign copies of their book and answer questions about their new life outside of the communal farming communities known as Hutterite colonies
The group, known collectively as "The Nine, left colonies in North Dakota and Manitoba in 2006 as young people and penned a memoir about life outside the community. Hutterites: Our Story to Freedom" has opened up a dialogue between practicing Hutterites, former members of the Hutterite faith and the outside world, which is largely ignorant of happenings and practices within the colony.
Like the Amish and Mennonites, the Hutterites are Anabaptists, an offshoot of Protestantism which preaches adult baptism and confession of Christian faith. The group fled persecution in Europe and settled in the Upper Midwest and the prairie provinces of Canada.
The authors welcome the opportunity to talk to their fans and to discuss the complex issues the book raises.
"The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with people encouraging us to keep on sharing our story and not give up even though there is opposition from some Hutterites and ex-Hutterites," said author Jason Waldner.
"We have spoken to many Hutterites since the book came out, and even those that at first appear negative once we share our intent and motive, they walk away satisfied and realize we wrote our true accounts with love to help people everywhere."
The book tour will continue to Brandon and Winnipeg, Manitoba before the Christmas holiday.
"Hutterites: Our Story to Freedom" Book Signing
Sunday, December 15
Barnes and Noble
1201 42 St SW
Fargo, ND 58103