James A. De Jong
-- president emeritus Calvin Theological Seminary
"The appearance of the cleaned up translation and of the annotation of the General Assembly (algemene vergadering) minutes of the Christian Reformed Church of 18571880 is timely and essential for anyone who is interested in the denomination's roots. Janet Sheeres is to be commended for her thorough research and fascinating notes. That the Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America has taken on this project is one more welcome indication of how these two closely related churches have entered a new era of collaboration and mutual appreciation."
-- archivist of the Christian Reformed Church
"Janet Sheeres, noted scholar of the Dutch in North America, here turns her skill to the early years of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. She has painstakingly researched all the individuals who attended denominational leadership gatherings and the issues discussed and debated at these meetings. Her extensive annotations to a new translation of the minutes provides unprecedented and cogent insight into the early years of the denomination and the larger Dutch trans-Appalachian immigration of the nineteenth century. The annotations reflect Sheeres's characteristically detailed research in both Dutch and English. Scholars of immigration, religion, Dutch-American immigrants, and the Christian Reformed Church will benefit from data in this book, and the appendix of biographical data will be invaluable to those interested in family research."