Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

"The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey" is a story of love, redemption and above all, hope. When a broken hearted boy loses the treasured wooden nativity set that links him to his dead father, his worried mother persuades a reclusive, ill-tempered woodcarver to create a replacement, and to allow her son to watch him carve it. The commission takes their relationship to unexpected places as the young boy makes greater and more difficult demands of the woodcarver’s ability, and as Christmas approaches, the three of them struggle to come to terms with each other, their painful memories and the process of putting their unhappiness behind them. Outstanding performances, stunning CGI visuals and a brilliant score make this compelling, funny and ultimately, very moving adaptation of one of America’s most loved and award winning children’s books a must-see family movie experience.

This movie was first a book, and I first heard it several years back at our candle light service. The wife of the pastor we had at that time told it, and had a carved Nativity set she used as she told it. I loved the story, and eventually bought the book, and also got a copy for my nieces and nephews.

The movie intrigued me. Sometimes a movie made from a book isn't what you expect - or are impressed with. This one was great. They did add some things and expanded the story, but that just made it better in my opinion. The movie is 100% clean - no cursing, nothing inappropriate.

So if you're looking for a good Christmas family movie to watch this year, get this one. is selling it for $5.99 - a great deal.