An Eerdman's Century 1911-2011
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Engaging saga of an American independent religious publisher's first 100 years
Written by Larry ten Harmsel with Reinder VanTil
From ten-cent specials for Reformed Christian farmers in the Dutch language in the 1920s to over 1,000 titles currently in print, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has since 1911 built a solid reputation for producing "the finest in religious literature": a broad ecumenical blend of books by authors including C. S. Lewis, Karl Barth, Philip Yancey, N. T. Wright, Rowan Williams, Eugene Peterson, and Pope Benedict XVI.
On the occasion of the Eerdmans centennial celebration, historian Larry ten Harmsel tells the company's story. Through first-person interviews, historical documents, and newly uncovered information, ten Harmsel relates how Bolsward, Friesland-born Dutch immigrant Wm. B. Eerdmans Sr. launched the American publishing company that bears his name - and how son Wm. B. Eerdmans Jr. has carried on the family tradition of independent and eclectic religious publishing; between the father and the son a century of publishing. The firm’s Reformed Christian and Dutch immigrant roots remain visible in “The Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America (HSRCA)” it publishes for the RCA.
The book is also a must-read for anyone wishing to learn more about the impact of this immigrant family on the Christian book publishing industry in North America, which includes the remaining Western Michigan area publishing houses of Baker, Kregel and Zondervan, which all share Eerdmans’ origins, as do Reformation Heritage Books and Reformed Fellowship.
Hardcover, 224 pages, illustrated, (A Dutch Immigrant Heritage title)
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