Monday, October 6, 2014

A Christmas Promise by Tamera Lynn Kraft ends October 13th

Please welcome Tamera Lynn Kraft to my blog this week. Tamera is giving away a digital copy of A Christmas Promise. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered to win.

A Moravian Christmas in 1773 

In the wilderness of Ohio in 1773, a band of missionaries and Lenape Indians celebrated Christmas at Schoenbrunn Village, the first settlement in Ohio.

They’d come to this wilderness and started the village a year earlier to preach the Gospel to the Lenape, also known as the Deleware who had been forced out of Pennsylvania.

Life was hard in Schoenbrunn. Cabins were quickly made and community gardens were planted that included beans, corn, and squash. Most villages also planted potatoes and turnips next to their cabins. The rest of their food came from hunting. But the real danger came from the many Indian tribes surrounding the village, some of them hostile.

The villagers were excited to celebrate their first Christmas in their new church. They had many traditions that we still use today. They would have a candlelight Christmas Eve service called a Lovefeast. During this service, they sang Christmas hymns, shared sweet rolls and coffee together, and prayed for each other. The service concluded when they gave each child a bleached beeswax candle and a scripture to hang on their trees at home. The white candle symbolized the purity of Christ and the flame showed that Jesus is the light of the world. A red ribbon would be wrapped around the candle to symbolize how Jesus shed His blood for a lost world.

In every home, families decorated artificial Christmas trees with candles and papers with scriptures written on them. The trees were made by putting together a wood frame and decorating it with real pine branches. The family would also make a putz, a nativity village that included the nativity scene, the wise men, and other Biblical scenes and place it under the tree. Most Moravians gave small gifts at Christmas, but resources were so limited that the children in Schoenbrunn were happy with their candles they received at the church. After a Christmas feast, the family would read the verses hung on the tree and talk about God’s blessings at Christmas.

A Christmas Promise is a story about a family who celebrated Christmas and faced dangers in Schoenbrunn in 1773.

A Christmas Promise:
                             A Moravian Holiday Story, Circa 1773

During colonial times, John and Anna settle in an Ohio village to become 
Moravian missionaries to the Lenape. When John is called away to help at another settlement two days before Christmas, he promises he’ll be back by Christmas Day.

When he doesn’t show up, Anna works hard to not fear the worst while she provides her children with a traditional Moravian Christmas.

Through it all, she discovers a Christmas promise that will give her the peace she craves.

“Revel in the spirit of a Colonial Christmas with this achingly tender love story that will warm both your heart and your faith. With rich historical detail and characters who live and breathe on the page, Tamera Lynn Kraft has penned a haunting tale of Moravian missionaries who selflessly bring the promise of Christ to the Lenape Indians. A beautiful way to set your season aglow, A Christmas Promise is truly a promise kept for a heartwarming holiday tale.” -- Julie Lessman, author of Love at Any Cost and Dare to Love

More about Tamera:
Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio.

Tamera is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She has curriculum published and is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

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  1. i enjoyed reading this Debbie. sounds like Tamera has a good book here. Love these books of olden days. I have a Moravian Star for my tree. Oh, I have several. Forgot about my smaller ones. I never heard it called that until last year. Christmas is about upon us. This year seems to have flown by this year, and I've not even been busy like you ladies. I hope GOD grants us a good year ahead. Would love to win Tamera's Christmas book. Debbie I follow this by Feedburner. Please give me a second chance. GOD bless both of you. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  2. Hey Maxie! Thanks for stopping by. I never heard of them called Moravian Stars either. Oh my, this year has flown by for me too! I just can't believe it is almost gone. It seems like I've only written 2014 a couple times! And YES! You get a second entry for following my blog. Thanks for being so faithful!!!

  3. I would love to win this book for my church library. Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
    I'm a follower of your blog.
    Janet E.