This was an unusual book and it was fascinating to read the history of the Hutterites - a religious community I had never heard of before. Mary-Ann speaks from the heart throughout the book and describes her innermost feelings from early childhood, including the thoughts and feelings of her parents during that time.Day-to-day life in the Hutterite community is described in great detail, from the clothing styles to the food eaten. I found it very interesting indeed. I was surprised too by some of the things which were allowed by the community leaders, such as alcohol consumption. I did find it difficult at times to keep up with all the different family members who are named and described. Generations of people are talked about, and it can become a bit confusing. A lot of the old language is used in the book too, but there is a glossary in the back so that you can find out what Mary-Ann is referring to.My heart went out to all the children mentioned in the book, including Mary-Ann herself. It is a sobering thought that the decisions we make as parents have far-reaching effects on our children.I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.