Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest and has other novels and novellas in print. She’s been married for 39 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and three grandchildren.
Tamera has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She 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 and has written children’s church curriculum. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.
You can contact Tamera online at these sites.
Word Sharpeners Blog: http://tameralynnkraft.com
What Would You Do?
By Tamera Lynn Kraft
When I was researching my new novel, Red Sky Over America, set shortly before the Civil War, I focused on the conflict America must have felt when she confronted her father with the truth. America knew slavery was against God's commandments, yet her father owned slaves. She could ignore what her father was doing while she went to Oberlin College in Ohio. After all, he was in Kentucky. Besides, she was a woman and his daughter. He wouldn't listen to her.
The conflict started in the first chapter of the novel when the Holy Spirit prompted America to go home to Kentucky and confront her father. She had no misgivings about it turning out well, yet she still obeyed God and became His servant. At one point in the novel, she was talking to one of her father's slaves.
Ruth's shoulders slumped. "No, child, I'll never go against what the Good Lord tells you, but it's bound to end poorly."
"I know." America's voice thickened. "God didn't promise me it would turn out well, but He told me what I must do, and I'm set on doing it."
Peter and John had a similar situation in the Book of Acts. They were brought before the religious leaders of their time and were told to stop preaching the Gospel. This was their response.
"Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, 'We ought to obey God rather than men.'"
At some point in our lives, God may call us to do a hard thing, something that goes against our culture and our families. The question is do we obey God even when we know things might not go well.
What I want the reader to take away from Red Sky Over America is the commitment these men and women abolitionists made to God even though they were going against the culture of their time. May we have that same commitment to obey God even if it means going into the fire!
Hebrews 13:6 "So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."
Red Sky Over America
Ladies of Oberlin, Book 1
By Tamera Lynn Kraft
In 1857, America, the daughter of a slave owner, is an abolitionist and a student at Oberlin College, a school known for its radical ideas. America goes home to Kentucky during school break to confront her father about freeing his slaves.
America's classmate, William, goes to Kentucky to preach abolition to churches that condone slavery. America and William find themselves in the center of the approaching storm sweeping the nation and may not make it home to Ohio or live through the struggle.
"Red Sky Over America tackles the most turbulent time in history with thorough research and fascinating characters. Tamera Lynn Kraft has woven a tale about the evils of slavery that should never be forgotten." -- Mary Ellis, author of The Quaker and the Rebel, The Lady and the Officer, and The Last Heiress.
You can purchase Red Sky Over America at these online sites:
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/red-sky-over-america-tamera-lynn-kraft/1127910586;jsessionid=E0109718A797B90BAA4E67707F16623E.prodny_store01-atgap04?ean=2940155392231&st=AFF&2sid=Goodreads,%20Inc_2227948_NA&sourceId=AFFGoodreads,%20IncM000004
Okay, all you historical lovers, is this a keeper?
Many of us know about being called by God to do hard things. Have you been called to do some hard things? What was it?
Thanks for sharing about your book with us, Tamera!