As part of the Trost Moving Pictures Ambassador program, I have reviewed their movies, books and soundtracks. My first impression of The Lamp was "TMP movies keep getting better and better".
Stanley watched his son Eddy die and has grieved for the past two years. He is unable to concentrate on his career, gets frequent calls about his debt and he spends time watching a little league softball team. It has put such a strain on his marriage with Lisa that he announces that it is over and he plans on leaving.
Next door is Miss Esther's home with foster children. One is Jocelyn (aka Josh) who plays on the softball team, has anger issues, and acts as a big sister for a shy girl named Rachel.
Lisa acquires an old oil lamp from Miss Esther next door. When she polishes the side and reads the inscription, a more-a-messenger-than-a-genie appears. He asks Lisa and Stanley what they want most of all. He gives them thirty days to think about this. As they begin to focus on what they want, life improves for them. They start a friendship with Josh and Rachel when Stanley takes over as the coach of the team. Stanley returns to work, getting bonuses to help with the bills. Their marriage starts to rebuild. Of course, there are some bumps along the road to recovery, including a major one at the end.
Sam from A Christmas Snow also returns. In a timeline comparison, this movie takes place the summer before A Christmas Snow occurs.
In my opinion, this is the movie that Trost Moving Pictures has waited a long time for. If you have seen The Ultimate Gift, also by Jim Stovall, this movie equals in greatness. It is a good as a family film as A Christmas Snow, yet focused on religious principals rather than on only one religion.