Sioux Falls, SD
Known as "The Nine," a group of ex-Hutterites from North Dakota and Canada is gaining quite the following in the Midwest. After choosing to leave their respective colonies, they wrote a book explaining why. Following their success, they are publishing a second book.
Their first book, "Our Story To Freedom," tells each one of the nine's personal story in their own words. "Since We Told The Truth," goes more in-depth.
"We realized there's so much more that needs to be said. We even went further than just talking about Hutterites," Jason Waldner said.
The group joined together this time to write and publish the new 168-page book, answering questions readers had left over from the first book.
Junia Waldner says "The Nine" took time off from their own businesses to get their message out and help others who may be struggling.
"A lot of people are against us writing the book. So there is mindsets that what we're doing is wrong. So they don't exactly come to us for that help but we want to help them. We know the book has made a huge difference in people that have left and people that are still there," Junia said.
Because of the interest, a distributor signed on in March and the books can be found at Barnes & Noble stores throughout the country. "The Nine" have come a long way in a short time.
"Seven years ago, we didn't know anything about a bank account. We didn't know taxes; we didn't know how to shop for groceries," Jason said.
Now they're signing books and trying to empower others to stand up against all kinds of oppression.
"It wasn't that it was easier to go write the book. It would have been easier to continue with our businesses, but we couldn't. We knew God was calling us to something else," Junia said.
"The Nine" will be at Barnes & Noble in Sioux Falls Tuesday night for a book signing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.