The eventful life of Joseph Zalman is described by his wife, A. R. Zalman-Marda, in the Dutch book Joseph Zalman, One Sent from Israel. She recorded his life history as he told it and published this book after his death. Mrs. M.H. Karels-Meeuse wrote I Seek My Bethren as an adaptation from this book which is divided into two parts. The first part, “Joseph, the Young Jew,” is told in story form. The second part, “Zalman, the Seeking Missionary,” is more descriptive in nature.