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For Better, For Worse
Stories of the Wives of Early Pastors of the Christian Reformed Church
PAPERBACK; Published: 10/13/2017
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7625-6
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In For Better, for Worse, Janet Sjaarda Sheeres highlights the lives of the wives of the first ten pastors of the Christian Reformed Church. Beginning when the CRC was founded in 1857, Sheeres proceeds in the order in which the first ten pastors joined the church.

Drawing on genealogical and census data, church records from congregations their husbands served, and historical information about the position of women at the time, Sheeres brings the untold stories of these women’s lives to light.
Kristin Kobes Du Mez
— Calvin College
“Absent from existing histories, these Dutch immigrant women lived lives marked by hardship and loss, labor and fortitude, birth and death. By focusing on the experience of women, Sheeres adds another dimension to our understanding of the history of the Christian Reformed Church—one in which masculine ambition, human foibles, congregational squabbles, and the sacrificial labor of women take center stage and challenge us to rethink the origins of the Christian Reformed Church in America.”