"There's more Emmerich than Bible in Mel Gibson's 'Passion of the Christ' movie..." Mel Gibson has admitted that he relied heavily on Emmerich and Brentano's The Dolorous Passion to film his popular movie "The Passion of the Christ." In his defense, the book has had a devoted following since it first appeared in 1833, and nothing in it has been found to contradict the Bible. Anne Catherine Emmerich, the German nun, stigmatic, ecstatic and inediac whose perceptions were recorded by Clemens Brentano, experienced perhaps the most spectacular visions in the history of Christianity, equal if not superior to those of St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Hildegard of Germany and Maria de Agreda of Spain. Recently declared "of heroic virtue," Emmerich is expected to be beatified soon and then canonized a saint. For those who have seen the Mel Gibson movie, been touched by it and want to know more, this book is a must-read "First published in 1833, The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ is a work based on visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich, a stigmatic German nun of the Augustinian order...as recorded by author Clemens Brentano.
Perhaps most widely known for its influence on Mel Gibson's blockbuster movie "The Passion of the Christ," this new edition...features an introduction that discusses individual passages that were applied (to scripting) more than 40 scenes in the movie..." - John Taylor, Midwest Book Review "Noel Griese provides a helpful and comprehensive introduction to Sister Catherine's life and the controversies surrounding her revelations, and discusses the status of the campaign to canonize her (she is currently a candidate for beatification, the first step in the canonization process). Griese also ponders the visions themselves - referring, when relevant, to their use in Gibson's movie...eaders who persevere will be rewarded with a balanced and thorough examination of the life and work of a saint-in-the-making." - Publishers Weekly "Included is an introduction to the meditations by Noel L. Griese, the meditations and the story used in Mel Gibson's movie, 'The Passion of the Christ.' If you have or have not seen the movie, it is a wonderful reiteration." - Cheryl McCann, in Review-Books, posted at Amazon.com