Christian author and minister Max Lucado is among the nation's most popular and prolific inspirational writers, and The Christmas Candle shows why readers are drawn to his warm, simple stories.

It's 1864 in the English village of Gladstone, and shopkeepers Edward and Bea Haddington are awaiting a visit from an angel yes, an angel. It seems that every 25 years, Gladstone receives a visit from a glowing messenger, who lights a candle that bestows a miracle on whoever receives it. As villagers make their case to Edward and Bea as to why they should get the blessed candle, the Haddingtons wonder whether they should save this miracle for themselves.

A powerful reminder of the true meaning of faith and community, The Christmas Candle is a welcome respite from the harried commercialism of the holiday season.

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