Karen Cecil Smith

Selected Works

Anthology
The Violin, a short story by Karen Cecil Smith, is included in this anthology by Main Street Rag.
Fiction
"Both informative and entertaining, Pillow of Thorns is a model of historical fiction."
–Lee Smith
Children's Picture Book/ Fiction
"Karen Cecil Smith lovingly brings to life this holiday's Moravian customs in a North Carolina community of 1850."
-Kathleen Benner Duble
Biography
"Well-researched book about the tragic life and times of the region's most famous midwife."
–Wanda Urbanska
Children's Picture Book/Fiction
"A wonderful book that could easily become a regular part of the Christmas season."
–NC Society of Historians

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An Old Salem Christmas, 1840

This is a fictional children's picture book about the Moravian Christmas Candlelight Lovefeast celebration. Anna, a young girl who lives in the North Carolina village of Salem, experiences the wonder and excitement of Christmas as she attends the inspirational celebration.

During the service, which includes sacred music, songs, and texts, she savors a sweet roll and cup of milky coffee. Then comes the greatly anticipated lighting and distribution of beeswax candles. The Bishop raises his candle and tells Anna and her friends to do the same with their candles. After every candle is lifted, the church is filled with warm, golden light. "Jesus Christ is the Light of the world," declares the Bishop. "Those who follow Him will not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. Children, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."


PRAISE FOR AN OLD SALEM CHRISTMAS, 1840:

". . .a heartwarming story that is a delightful read for families at Christmastime and anytime throughout the year."
-- Jennifer Bean Bower, Associate Curator Old Salem Museums & Gardens

". . .an enjoyable read. It is not often that fiction and history intermingle in an exciting and interesting way. After reading this book, older children and adults alike are sure to travel back in history to a time and place where Christmas was about more than presents and family was more than just a word."
--Wendy S. Weida, Executive Director, Moravian Historical Society

AWARDS:

The North Carolina Society of Historians' Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award