Christian Fiction Spotlight with Author Tamera Lynn Kraft

A Christmas Promise

A Moravian Holiday Story, Circa 1773

Tamera Lynn Kraft

During colonial times, John and Anna settle in an Ohio village to become Moravian missionaries to the Lenape. When John is called away two days before Christmas to help at another settlement, 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.

Join Tamera for the Christian Fiction Lovers Christmas FB Party at this link on Monday, December 9th.

Christian Fiction Spotlight with Author Peggy Sue Wells

Homeless for the Holidays
by P.S. Wells 

“Gladdening and humorous assurance that the best things in life have nothing to do with things.” (Richard Paul Evans, number one New York Times best-selling author of 43 books including The Christmas Box)

Christmas is coming, and Jack Baker’s finances, friends, and future are as gone as last year’s holiday. One year ago, Jack Baker had it all – a beautiful family, a lucrative career, and a generous bonus to spend on the annual Baker family Christmas extravaganza. Now, the Bakers are homeless and clueless about what to do next. Amidst the holiday traditions and trappings, one family learns what is truly important when they lose all they have, and they still have everything.

Join Peggy for the Christian Fiction Lovers Christmas FB Party at this link on Monday, December 9th.

Christian Fiction Spotlight with Author Michelle L. Levigne

Seasons: A Tabor Heights Anthology

Michelle L. Levigne

From Turkey to Mistletoe
A cruel office prank, made nasty by office politics, ruins Jenna’s Thanksgiving plans and sends Mitch, the new guy, to her doorstep. When they make the best of an uncomfortable situation, a friendship develops. Secrets revolving around a company merger threaten their friendship on the verge of becoming something much closer. When the office creep strikes at Jenna again, can Mitch be her knight in shining business suit?
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Michelle L. Levigne
One Small Child
Seven months ago, during a family crisis, Max and Tony finally realized their friendship was love. Now, echoes from those dark days return as Christmas approaches. The jerk who tried to destroy Max’s screenwriting career by stealing her identity is responsible for a baby left on her doorstep — with a note claiming SHE is the “father” of the child. The search for the truth, and to close the door on that nastiness, teaches new lessons about love and family and the true meaning of the season.

Join Michelle for the Christian Fiction Lovers Christmas FB Party at this link on Monday, December 9th.

Christian Fiction Spotlight with Author JPC Allen

Christmas Off the Beaten Path Anthology

Not your Granny’s Christmas stories …

Step off the beaten path and enjoy six stories that look beyond the expected, the traditional, the tried-and-true.

Inspired by the song, Mary Did You Know? — a mother’s memories of events leading up to and following that one holy night. MARY, DID YOU KNOW?

A young woman seeking her own identity searches for the man who tried to kill her and her mother on Christmas Eve twenty years before. A ROSE FROM THE ASHES

Princess, tower, sorceress, dragon, brave knight, clever peasant — combine these ingredients into a Christmas-time story that isn’t quite what you’d expect. RETURN TO CALLIDORA

Anticipating tough financial times, the decision not to buy or exchange presents leads to some painful and surprising revelations for a hardworking man and his family. NOT THIS YEAR

Years ago, a gunman and a store full of hostages learned some important lessons about faith and pain and what really matters in life — and the echoes from that day continue to the present. THOSE WHO STAYED

A community of refugees, a brutal winter, a doorway to another world — a touch of magic creating holiday joy for others leads to a Christmas wish fulfilled. CRYSTAL CHRISTMAS

Join JPC for the Christian Fiction Lovers Christmas FB Party at this link on Monday, December 9th.

Christian Fiction Spotlight with Author Carole Brown

Sabotaged Christmas

An Appleton WV Romantic Mystery

Carole Brown

Toni DeLuca, the Italian owner of DeLuca Construction, finds herself confronted with doubts about her father and his possible deceptions—all because of the mysterious pink notes she’s been receiving.

Relations with Perrin Douglas who has a troubling history—but the first man in years who’s interested her—is building to a peak. Yet Perrin’s own personal problems and his doubts about women and God, keep getting in the way.

Gossip, a Spanish proposal, an inheritance, and a sabotaged construction business may ruin Christmas for Toni’s employees as well as her own happiness.

Will a mysterious person succeed in pulling off the biggest scam Appleton, West Virginia has ever seen? And will this culprit destroy Toni’s last chance at happiness with the man of her dreams?

Join Carole for the Christian Fiction Lovers Christmas FB Party at this link on Monday, December 9th.

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The Real History of the Pilgrims

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

Thanksgiving is coming soon. There are many facts about America’s spiritual heritage ingrained in the Pilgrims and Puritans. These are some of the facts that children are not taught in school.

Most children are taught that pilgrims came to America to flee religious persecution. That’s not exactly true. Pilgrims and Puritans were persecuted for believing that Christians could have a personal relationship with Jesus separate from the Church of England. But they traveled to Holland to flee the persecution, not America.

So why did they travel to America? There were many reasons, but the main reason is they felt compelled by God to come to America and establish a colony of people that honored God. Many called this colony, New Jerusalem, believing that God had established this new land to spread the gospel to the world. William Bradford wrote in his journal that the motivation came from “a great hope for advancing the kingdom of Christ.”

Pilgrims and Puritans were not the same. Pilgrims were separatists who believed they should separate themselves for the Church of England and the world systems. Puritans believed in working within the system. When they came to America, Puritans wished to set up the government so that religious freedom of expression would be established. Pilgrims wanted freedom of religion so they were free to worship without fear of persecution. Both Pilgrims and Puritans wanted freedom of religion to protect the church from the government, not to protect the government from the church.

Many schools teach that Thanksgiving was a secular celebration. But letters written by the Pilgrims tell a different story. God was such a part of their everyday life that they included God in everything. One such letter states that Thanksgiving was a celebration called so that “God be praised” for what He had brought them through. John Winthrop called New England a City on a Hill in one of his sermon. He, as well as many other Puritans and Pilgrims, believed they had made a covenant with God to be a new nation that was a model of Christianity to the world.

William Bradford believed that America was called to spread the gospel to the world. Since the Pilgrims and Puritans came to America, the United States of America has sent missionaries to more nations and more remote places in the world than any other nation on Earth. Could it be they were right?