Making her big-screen debut in The Christmas Candle is Susan Boyle, the British singer who became a YouTube sensation after her appearance on Britain's Got Talent. She and her film husband are another sweet couple of Gladbury-ites. Boyle's acting is serviceable enough and she does raise her beautiful voice in song more than once, in appropriate and touching moments.

Screenwriter Candace Lee was a film school student when she first encountered The Christmas Candle story. It led her to pray for the opportunity to make movies like this, and years later she and co-writer Eric Newman did just that. Once they began, the script came together in just a few weeks of "talking in bad British accents and drinking a lot of coffee." Now that script has become an inspirational film that doesn’t feel like the typical "Christian movie." It never sinks into schmaltz, has plenty of humor and romance, and is the perfect movie to take your family. Even—especially—those family members whose skepticism mirrors David's.

As Rick Santorum, CEO of EchoLight Studios, says, The Christmas Candle serves to remind us that "Christmas is not just about reindeer and shopping, it's about hope and miracles." Here's hoping The Christmas Candle isn't just a Christmas miracle, but one of many high-quality, faith-based films to come.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: None
  • Language/Profanity: None
  • Sex/Nudity: A young, unmarried woman is turned out on the street because she's pregnant
  • Violent/Intense: A carriage accident. There's a disaster inside a building and people are in danger of being trampled; a man falls and is injured. A man dies.
  • Spiritual Themes: Does God still work miracles in the modern age? How much of what we're asking God to do is something we could be doing ourselves?

Publication date: November 22, 2013