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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2006
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Journey back to a simpler time, to a small English village where nothing out of the ordinary ever happens. Except at Christmastime.
When a mysterious angel suddenly appears in a lowly candlemaker's shop, the holy and the human collide in a way that only God could imagine.
Glowing bright with a timeless message, The Christmas Candle will warm your heart with a surprising reminder of God's bountiful love.
In an opening flashback to Christmas of 1664, a voiceless creature (an angel?) makes a nocturnal visit to the home and candle making shop of the Haddingtons and puts a blessing on one particular candle. The next day, this couple gives the special candle to a woman they meet at church who is in dire straits. Lo and behold, within a day that poor woman inherits a prosperous farm and gains a marvelous income. And so begins the legacy of the candle that can cause miracles.
Thereafter, once every 25 years the mysterious night visitor comes and blesses one candle in the shop of the Haddingtons' descendents. When that candle is given away, the recipient offers prayers to God, and those prayers are miraculously granted...or are they, really?
By 1864 when the little village of Gladstone, England gets a new parson for the first time in 50 years, speculation arises as to the validity of the claims of the Haddington candles. The young reverend has an Oxford degree and is not inclined to fall in line with belief in old fables and rural legends. In fact, he breaks all tradition by refusing to preach about the candle at Christmas service, despite the fact that this is the very year the miracle is scheduled to take place again.
However, the visage does come and it does bless another Haddington candle. But poor old clumsy Edward Haddington accidentally knocks over a basket of candles and no long can be sure which candle is the genuinely blessed candle. Villages assail the Haddingtons, begging to receive the blessed candle as a cure-all for their problems with drunken husbands, failed crops, unpaid rent, poor eyesight, and children at sea. Unable to resist the villagers, Edward and his wife Bea give a candle to all of them, knowing that one will be blessed but many others will be disappointed.
To their amazement, on Christmas Eve each villager reports that his or her prayers have been answered. Thus, it would seem that the candles have no real power, only the heartfelt prayers of believers.
But this is Max Lucado, so there is still one big surprise yet to come in the end. It will leave you, the reader, believing in Christmas miracles. Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Christian Book Previews.com
angelfriendHillsboro, KansasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Story holds your interest.January 13, 2014angelfriendHillsboro, KansasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This is an excellent book that is well worth reading.
Seattle, WA5 Stars Out Of 5Great book!December 29, 2013Seattle, WAQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great book by a great author! This book is easy to read in one sitting. Inspirational and uplifting. Now I would like to see the movie.
i blog 4 books3 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Christmas StoryDecember 4, 2013i blog 4 booksThe Christmas Candle by Max Lucado is a short Christmas novella. It was a really quick read, and a good first Christmas read of the season! While the story was very sweet, I found it to be quite confusing at the beginning. I just could not figure out exactly what was happening. I eventually caught on, but it was a little frustrating. I also got confused with ALL of the characters. There were a lot of them and they were just barely developed. I mean, the book is less than 200 pages, so it's not a lot of time to tell a story and let readers get to know a slew of characters. When it was all said and done, I did enjoy the book and really liked the message. The book has recently been made into a movie as well, and I'm hoping to go see it. It will be interesting to see how the movie compares to the book. [3 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze program in exchange for my fair and honest review.
JanetColumbus, GAGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Christmas Novella with a Hopeful MessageNovember 29, 2013JanetColumbus, GAGender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4It only took me one afternoon to read "The Christmas Candle" by Max Lucadoâ€”ten short chapters with a thought-provoking message about Whom we put our trust in when we pray. I liked this story.
Set mostly in 1864, it's the story of a town with a legacy. Every 25 years, on the fourth Sunday of Advent, an angel visits their candle maker and touches one candle. This candle brings a blessing to one chosen person. 1864 is the year of the next visit.
But this town also has a new minister who is a bit skeptical, refusing to cooperate with the traditions that have grown up around the angel's visit. Discussions about this leave both townspeople and minister confused. To complicate matters, everyone wants the blessing of the candle this year and the candle maker has no son to carry on the legacy in 1889. The Christmas candle has brought everyone so much to fret about.
I recommend "The Christmas Candle" by Max Lucado to those who enjoy Christmas novellas with hopeful messages. The Victorian England setting, the way the characters communicated with each other even when they disagreed, the pace of the book, and the outcome were all just right. I enjoyed reading this book.
I received a complimentary eCopy of "The Christmas Candle" in exchange for this honest review.
BekeSpringfield, MOAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Just in time for Christmas!November 3, 2013BekeSpringfield, MOAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Are you ready to heat up the wassail and put on your favorite Christmas carols? I just had the chance to review a novella that is perfect for the Christmas season.
Max Lucado has truly a gifted writer. I've enjoyed many of his books and The Christmas Candle is no exception.
This story begins in 1664. A candle maker and his wife are visited by an angel in the middle of the night. The angel touches a candle and it begins to glow. Because of a kindness the candle winds up in the hands of a needy widow. That candle will wind up changing her life.
You see, whoever receives this special candle receives an answer to their most earnest prayer.
For the next 200 years, a descendent of the candle maker is visited every 25 years and touches a candle. The people who live in the little village of Gladstone have come to anticipate the miracles of the candle.
But times have changed. A young new reverend has come to town and is a bit too sophisticated to believe in such a silly old story.
What happens next is truly inspiring. It left me with a smile of my face and a little hope in my heart.
This is a wonderful Christmas novella. I think it would be a wonderful gift for the Christmas season to friends and family.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.comÂ® for my honest opinion.