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What the Saints Never Said: Pious Misquotes And The Subtle Heresies They Teach You

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“I believe because it is absurd.” - Tertullian?

“God helps those who help themselves.” - The Bible?

“Preach the gospel always; when necessary, use words.” - St. Francis of Assisi?

"The thing that makes me saddest is watching people receive Communion in the hand." - Mother Teresa?

Sayings like these are such a part of modern pious tradition that we assume they come from the Bible, the mouths of saints, or the pens of famous Christian writers.

Even though nobody can seem to place their exact origin, by sheer repetition—in books, in homilies, and of course on the internet—they have acquired a halo of truth.

In What the Saints Never Said, apologist Trent Horn takes over forty of these well-known but dubious sayings and attempts to track them to their true source.

In so doing he finds some that are close to what was really said, many that were misattributed or twisted beyond their original meaning, and more than a few that were just plain made up!

By setting the record straight, Trent does more than show you the true origins of these seemingly harmless sayings: he roots out the theological errors and implications that can lead us away from the fullness of Christian truth.

In their place he offers choice selections from the richness of authentic quotes from Scripture, saints, and scholars that will draw you closer to that truth.



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Trent Horn
Softcover, 176 pages
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6 Reviews

  • 5
    Fun, quick read

    Posted by Gabriel D. on Aug 10th 2022

    I really enjoyed the book. It covers a unique and interesting topic, and it's easily digestible. Trent Horn's writing is engaging and concise. I'd recommend this book to anyone who's looking for an educational Catholic book that's not heavy reading.

  • 5
    Quick and enlightening read

    Posted by Teresa H. on Jan 19th 2022

    Even though Cy gives Trent Horn a bad time about this book, I enjoyed it. It's a quick, light read that has a lot of interesting tidbits. In addition to debunking fake quotes, he provides as an alternative real quotes with a deeper message than what the fake quotes offer.

  • 5
    Happy with purchase

    Posted by S on Dec 25th 2021

    Informative and enjoyable read!

  • 4
    The Book that Fact Checks Catholic Motivation Posters

    Posted by Jen Brewer on Nov 6th 2021

    Trent has a unique style in his speech that makes him so great to listen due to his articulation, attention to detail, and his dry, nerdy humor. It shows well in this book as he lays out the case, bolsters his argument with facts, and offers his pages worth of resources. Some sayings I knew were false, misattributed, or I didn’t even realize were false. He has ruined a few of my favorite Saint quotes, but I’m glad he values the truth and even introduces more inspiring quotes. Good for a casual read, with top notch Horn commentary.

  • 4
    Beautifully written...

    Posted by Luis Del Valle on Jul 15th 2019

    Loved it, concise and direct. Appreciate it greatly.

  • 4
    Good, Quick Read

    Posted by Patrick on Jun 22nd 2019

    Once I heard about this book, I was excited. It went on super sale, so I picked up a few to read and give to friends. Trent goes into detail on common quotes attributed to saints that aren't actually from the saint. There eye a couple that I was surprised by and a few I was not so surprised by. Overall it was a good, quick read.

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