Welcome to our last Christmas in July story!
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.
Anna Brunner faced many obstacles and a rough life in Schoenbrunn Village, Ohio, in 1773. One of the things she didn’t want to face was her husband’s need to hide details of his mission work from her.
John Brunner felt protecting his wife from things that would distress her justified his half-truths.
John’s desire to help ease his wife’s anxiety was admirable. However, his methods were not.Even though we know it is to avoid conflict and ease our conscience, many of us fall into the same trap John did, with half-truths and evasions. We justify our actions by telling ourselves we are doing it for the other person’s feelings.
We all, as individuals like Anna, sometimes want to bury our heads in the sand to avoid hurt and pain. However, this only sets us up for more heartbreak and pain.
There are many lessons to be learned from A Christmas Promise. Even though the story is a novella, therefore it is short, it packs several messages into the pages you read.
A Christmas Promise (Christmas Holiday Extravaganza) by Tamera Lynn Kraft focuses on Christmas for Moravians in colonial America. I am a little familiar with the Moravian faith and some of its Christmas traditions, so I especially enjoyed learning more.
I received A Christmas Promise (Christmas Holiday Extravaganza) from the author. However, I was not required to give a review.