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Believe it or not, but there was a fascinating and positive faith development amid the chaos sparked by coronavirus: the sales of Bibles were purportedly up worldwide in 2020 — and significantly so.  

Officials at Lifeway Christian Resources, one of the largest providers of Christian texts across the globe, reported a major increase in sales after the start of COVID-19 through June of 2020.

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Ben Mandrell, CEO of Lifeway, told CBN News that he believes the increase is "no accident."

"We believe this is no accident, as people often go to the Bible as a source of hope in times of crisis and uncertainty," he told the outlet. "People draw hope from scripture because in it they see a God who is with us during our suffering. The Bible, as God's words to us, is a reminder that He doesn't leave us to walk through difficult times alone."

COVID and Bible sales increase

And Lifeway isn't the only outfit reporting an increase, as Tyndale House Publishers — another Christian publisher — recently told The Christian Post that they also saw a boost in sales after COVID-19 struck, with some Bible products increasing by as much as 60 percent and with Facebook profiles for Bible products also growing.

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Local retailers are also noticing this trend, which isn't surprising considering what publishers have said. CPO-Redeemed, a store in Springfield, Missouri, confirmed increased sales in a recent interview with KY3-TV.

"People have said, 'You know I’ve just needed to get into God’s word more, had more time to think about it, and I just really need encouragement,'" general manager Jonathan Betancourt told the outlet.

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