The following is from the last paragraph of my book review of Methodists and the Making of America for Christian Church II class in Spring 2002:
Besides the many biographies, the book does give a well-rounded look at Methodism in America. The description of the various church organizations and how they impacted society was very informative. The description of the life of an itinerant gave depth to the man whose job it was to strengthen believers. The book changed what I thought about Methodism from being just a denomination with many governing bodies, especially in the South, to that of a united governing body from the local to nation level, just like us. Ferguson did back-up his thesis that Methodism and the United States were linked in development, but the biographies watered down his evidence.