Item description for The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado & Greg Whalen...
Read by Greg Whalen
Unabridged - 1.5 hours
Edward Haddington, from a long line of candlemakers, lives in Gladstone, a small village in the Cotswolds. Every 25 Christmases, an angel has visited his home and touched one of the candles - and every person who has received one of these candles has experienced a miracle in their lives. Twenty-four years have passed since the angel last came, and Edward and his wife, Bea, wonder if the angel will come again. And if the angel visits, to whom should they give the candle? Many people in their village could use a miracle ... including them.
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Format: Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
Studio: Oasis Audio
Running Time: 150.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.1" Width: 6.06" Height: 1.02" Weight: 0.27 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
Publisher OASIS AUDIO #514
ISBN 1598591649 ISBN13 9781598591644
Availability 0 units.
More About Max Lucado & Greg Whalen
Max Lucado (MA, Abilene Christian University) serves as the minister of preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, and is a best-selling author and speaker. His award-winning books have been translated into more than fifty-four languages and he has been named one of the most influential leaders in social media by The New York Times. Max lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Denalyn, and has three daughters and one granddaughter.
David Wenzel received a BFA from Hartford Art School and has been illustrating professionally for nearly thirty years. He is recognized for illustrating the graphic novel adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, as well as numerous other children's materials.
Max Lucado currently resides in San Antonio, in the state of Texas.
Max Lucado has published or released items in the following series...
Christian Large Print Originals
Historias Biblicas Ilustradas
Inspiration for Everyday Life
Inspirational Bible Study; Life Lessons with Max Lucado
Reviews - What do customers think about The Christmas Candle?
Good, But Very Short Apr 6, 2008
This is a well written and inspirational with a Christmas theme. It is a very quick read and should probably be classified as a short story.
It is way too short to be classified as a book. Although there are 191 pages, it is double spaced and each one only covers a small portion of a given page. Although this was priced too high when it first came out, it appears that this site has it priced reasonably well ($3.40 as of this writing).
Although this would probably be more appropriate for a magazine story because of the length, I would still recommend it at the current this site price.
Christmas Candle Dec 23, 2007
I enjoyed this story. It made me chuckle as I read about each person and their individual thoughts about the "new" man in town. I loved the ending. It was really heart warming.
Great Story! Dec 22, 2007
The Story was touching, the message clear and the book very enjoyable. If you like Max's other works this fictional story is a fun read.
Another Masterpiece from Max Nov 24, 2007
Max never ceases to amaze! If you've never read a Max Lucado book before, this is the perfect one to begin with. And if you're alreaady a fan of max's writing, this one will not disappoint.
You get lost in the story, caught up in the action, and inspired by the message. Destined to be a Christmas classic!
Also recommended: Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voicesby John Allen--comforting and inspiring.
Christmas Jars--a wonderful story for Christmas!
A happy, sweet, straightforward story with simple truths that Jun 6, 2007
In THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE, beloved bestselling author Max Lucado spins a light but enjoyable tale of an angel visitation in a small town. It encourages a belief in miracles and offers (as you would expect from Lucado) opportunities to ponder one of the greatest miracles of all: grace and forgiveness.
The story begins in 1664, with a candle maker and his wife. They are awakened by a burst of light, as an angel touches a candle and makes it glow. At the next advent service, the candle maker gives the special candle to a young widow and her two children who are in dire straits. At Christmas Eve, the widow recounts a miracle: "I prayed. I lit the candle and prayed." Then, out of the blue, her wealthy uncle gives her a farm as a gift.
And so it goes that every 25 years, for the next 200 years, an angel touches one candle and the prayer offered over the candle is answered. But the angel only visits the descendants of the first candle maker, Papa Edward. Lucado then fast forwards to 1894 and the Village of Gladstone, where the lineage of the candle makers appears to have ended with the death of Edward's son from cholera. "Does that mean the angel visits stop with you?" asks Reverend Richmond, a candidate for minister, of the elderly candle maker Edward who recounts the story to him. "We assume so." Richmond takes the job, despite some Gladstonians' misgivings about his suitability. He has some secrets in his past that make this parish his only option.
To the dismay of the citizens of Gladstone, Richmond refuses to preach about the miraculous candle. "I don't preach about candles. People don't need old wives tales," says Richmond. "I give people practical help and solid facts. I stay away from mysteries." The pastor confesses he believes that "God would not single out one person and ignore others. It's not fair." What would it take to change his mind? Read on....
Meanwhile, the residents line up to spill their stories of woe to Edward and Bea, all sure they are the most in need of the candle. One man has gambled away his money, while another's son has broken his leg and left the family short-handed. A widow needs money to heat her house for the winter, and a mother worries over the health of her twins. Another woman is going blind, and her son is in trouble with the law. Who will get the special candle? "We don't know why God has given us this gift," Bea says. "But we pray that he will direct us." Later, Edward and Bea ponder what to do. "So many people need the candle. How can we decide who to give it to?" Confusing the issue is an unrevealed need of Edward and Bea's. Should they keep the candle for themselves? Unprecedented --- but is it necessary?
When an unexpected accident means that no one is sure which candle is the special one, it's an opportunity to remind readers that mystery is where God works best. And Gladstone, we find, is a place where past secrets can be forgiven and people can find God's grace, a familiar Lucado theme. This is a quick read (lots of wide margins and white space) and a happy, sweet, straightforward story with simple truths that will be of interest especially to Lucado fans.