The Christmas Candle – Movie Review

candleInspired by author Max Lucado’s novel “The Christmas Candle”, a delightful holiday film is born

under the same name and direction of filmmaker, John Stephenson. Some years ago Lucado

approached film producer Tom Newman about an idea he had for a narrative about a magical

Christmas Candle. Newman says, “I fell in love with the story. It was a wonderful concept.” He

responded to Lucado, “If you write it, I’ll make it into a movie.” The rest is history.

Internationally renown, Lucado’s popular narratives have been translated into over forty

languages. Lucado draws on his seasoned expertise to create the idea of his Christmas Candle

in order to engage readers with a timeless and inspirational story about miracles. Screenwriters

Candace Lee and Eric Newman bring to life Lucado’s message while capturing the old world

charm of England’s countryside culture.

It’s the Christmas season and the village of Gladbury, England is awaiting the arrival of David

Richmond (Hans Matheson), their newly appointed Vicar. He is single. Handsome. Young.

Experienced. Though young, Richmond’s sermons are well known throughout the country. Lady

Camdon has been influenced by his messages and witnessed the impact of his talents first

hand. Recommended by Lady Camdon (Barbara Flynn) who feels certain the new Vicar is the

perfect man for the position and will be a fine addition to the humble community senses that

Richmond isn’t so confident. The emotional pain and suffering he has endured at the tragic loss

of his wife and child has left him hopeless. His faith is weakened and more so his belief in the

miraculous. No doubt Lady Camdon is not surprise and holds firm that Richmond is in the right


Richmond has come to serve a community that believes in miracles. Gladbury’s archival tales

share that every twenty-five years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches one of

the candles made during the holiday season. Whoever purchases the candle and lights it on

Christmas Eve receives a miracle. Richmond learns that the Gladbury folk truly believe in the

legend and he scoffs.

The new Vicar sets out to prove that miracles don’t happen to people from Divine intervention

but that the people themselves make them happen from good deeds. The practical help is at

the root of all miracles says Richmond. He sees that the help brings hope which comes from the

people. Richmond leaves God out of the equation so God appoints the Candlemaker and his

wife to teach the young Vicar a thing or two about the impact of miracles and the immense hope

it can bring. God chooses to use a comedy of errors as His tool of choice.

24/7 MOMS film journalist, Karen Pecota

Released in local theaters: December 1, 2013

Movie rating: PG

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