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The Christmas Candle Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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About the Author
With more than 130 million products in print, Max Lucado is America's bestselling inspirational author. He serves the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy.
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This is a story of The Christmas Candle, and the candle maker in some beautiful countryside settings in England. Max Lucado is a great writer and gives us a beautiful little story in this book. Let your heart be light! I sure won't miss seeing the movie.
I discovered, usually quite the opposite in most book-to-movies, that the movie actually fleshed out the plot more than Lucado has done in his book. With that being said though, the DIFFERENCES that the movie did, I think, did the story more injustice.
It could be that, like many Christian-made movies, The Christmas Candle is a little too cheesy, but I like Lucado's book more. The biggest reason in particular, is Lucado's treatment and development of the Reverend. The Reverend in the book is much more reticent to come to Gladstone, and his "dark secret" is much more poignant than the "dark tragedy" in the movie that had befell him.
The book also is much more simple and "to the point." The character changes and differences the movie did, were, I think unnecessary. The whole subplot in the movie that does not exist in the book; that being the general fear of electricity, seemed rather irrelevant as well.
While I will not say the Christmas Candle will maybe be remembered by the general republic as much as Dickens, I would rather look forward to another release of the Christmas Candle done as the book wrote it.
Dec 10, 2015
Review of The Christmas Candle (Kindle Edition)
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Review My 18th Christmas book of the season was The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado.
Since the 1600’s every 25 years, in a certain village, an angel swathed in a bright light visits the candle maker in the middle of the night to "bless", if you will, a candle. At least this is what the villagers believe, because when the chosen candle is given away something wonderful happens to the receiver. Prayers are answered in profound ways.
This year in particular something very different happens and lives are changed in a different kind of Christmas miracle.
I'm seriously not sure what to think about this one. I've read a lot of Max Lucado stories and generally they are creatively written with lovely language and well turned phrases. But this was not up to his standard, in my opinion. Normally I'd give anything Mr. Lucado wrote 5-stars, but I can give this one 3.5 at best. The ending was a bit of a mystery to me.
Good moral, for sure, not to think of things as magical, but to consider that God answers prayer and blesses at His will to show his power so people can believe.
I loved the story as it made you think abt the true meaning of XMAS again-- that is of giving and do not expect presents back. I make homemade cookies and give them out as gifts also.
Very touching. Very encouraging. It emphasizes how God always wants to answer our prayers, and in a beautiful way. An ideal book to read at Christmas time.
I read this story a few ago in book form. I recently downloaded it for my kindle.
I enjoyed The Christmas Candle as much as the first time I read it. The book is a sweet tale filled with faith, prayer and miracles. I will be rereading this book every Christmas!