The Christmas Surprise

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When Indians burn her home, kill her parents, and take her young brother captive, Kate Stewart has no one to turn to but Uncle Josh, a circuit rider in the back country of Pennsylvania. Her uncle takes Kate to the Moravian town of Bethlehem, where he thinks she will be safe during the fall of 1775. While staying in Bethlehem, Kate tries to understand the Moravians' love of peace and their friendship with all people, friends and enemies alike. But her hatred of Indians grows as she watches the endless stream of ...
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When Indians burn her home, kill her parents, and take her young brother captive, Kate Stewart has no one to turn to but Uncle Josh, a circuit rider in the back country of Pennsylvania. Her uncle takes Kate to the Moravian town of Bethlehem, where he thinks she will be safe during the fall of 1775. While staying in Bethlehem, Kate tries to understand the Moravians' love of peace and their friendship with all people, friends and enemies alike. But her hatred of Indians grows as she watches the endless stream of frightened refugees come to the town for shelter from Delaware and Shawnee raids in the French and Indian War.

Word reaches Bethlehem that the Indians plan to attack the town on Christmas Eve. Kate wonders at the peace-loving Moravians, who calmly go about their work and continue their plans for the Christmas surprise for the children. During that fateful Christmas Eve Kate discovers that true strength lies in peace with all people and in trusting God.

In 1755, during the French and Indian War, Kate Stewart, nursing a burning hatred for the Indians who killed her parents and kidnapped her young brother, goes to live with the Moravian community in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is horrified by their calm disregard of a threatened Indian raid as they prepare for a special Christmas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556354182
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


The Dream     9
Kate and Johanna     11
Flames in the Clearing     21
Uncle Josh     29
Bethlehem     38
The Scar-faced Indian     46
On the Brethren's Roof     53
Disturbing News     66
The Christmas Story     74
Peter Turns the Other Cheek     83
Gnadenhuetten     93
Wagonloads of Children     104
The Danger     110
Christmas Eve     120
Keeping the Watch     129
The Christmas Surprise     137
Kate's Decision     146
Author's Note     154
Word List     157
The Author     159
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