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Film ignites passion for Bibles, other items

By Staff
MOVIE CONNECTIONS Even though "The Passion of the Christ" opened in theaters more than two months ago, the motion picture about the crucifixion of Jesus continues to draw attention to such hot-selling items as a coffee-table book, a soundtrack compact disc and the Bible. Photo by Ida Brown / The Meridian Star.
By Ida Brown / religion editor
May 8, 2004
Soon after the release of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," sales for Bibles and other religion-based literature increased at several Meridian businesses.
Bible sales also increased at Books-a-Million in Bonita Lakes Circle.
And though the movie is no longer playing locally, the passion for religious literature has remained steady. In addition, requests continue for books, albums and other merchandise from the movie.
The coffee table book, "The Passion," is a national best seller and retails for $24.99. It includes stills and artwork from the movie, as well as behind-the-scene looks taken during filming.
Carpenter said among customers whose purchases were motivated by the movie, one stood out in particular.

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