Book Review: The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado

The Christmas Candle
Max Lucado
Thomas Nelson Publishers
2006
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Official Synopsis

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.


My Thoughts

Christmas miracles warm the heart in so many ways, and none better than The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado.

Every 25 years, the same angel comes to the elderly candlemaker's shop in the little village of Gladstone, touching one candle, which the candlemaker then gives away to someone in need, instructing that person to pray to God for a miracle after having lit the candle. The miracle always happens. Only now the new minister isn't necessarily a believer in the supernatural workings of God, more of a mind that God created the earth and then left it alone. The candlemaker and his wife battle against the new minister's cynicism and even against their own mistakes, praying that God can and will continue to use them for His glory, this, the final candle they will receive during their lifetime.

I'm a staunch believer in the supernatural, in the activities of angels and demons, and in God's daily working in our lives. There is no such thing as coincidence and this book proclaims that truth loudly and firmly. I've never read any of Max Lucado's work, not even storybooks when I was a child, so I wasn't sure what to expect. His writing style is minimalist, but that means you're not distracted by too much information. The story shines on its own and doesn't need a lot of adverbs or adjectives bogging it down.

If you're looking for a solid Christmas read with a lot of faith elements that don't necessarily preach, then don't look any farther than The Christmas Candle. It's a simple little book, only takes a few hours to read, if that. It warmed my heart and I pray that it will warm yours.

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Comments

  1. I have never read anything by Max Lucado either, but this does sound sweet!

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    1. It is very sweet, once you get over his unique, minimalist style of writing. It was an easy, quick little read chock full of Christmas spirit.

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  2. I watched the movie adaptation of this book last year, which I didn't like too much, though I do agree it has a very good message!

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    1. Hmm, now I'm curious about the movie. I bought it sight-unseen a few weeks ago but haven't had a chance to watch it yet. I love some of the actors in it, but I was surprised that the angel is female, even if she is played by Susan Boyle.

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  3. This is one of my favourites! I love Christmas books too, so am loving all these reviews.

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    1. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. His style is very simplistic, but it fit the story really well. It's just such an enchanting tale.

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