Every Saint a Sinner


Fiction - Audiobook
Audio Book
Reviewed on 09/09/2022
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Brenda Daniels for Readers' Favorite

In Every Saint a Sinner, an audiobook by Pearl Solas, Veronica Matthews suffers the unthinkable. Her son Shaun is abused by a Catholic priest, Father Paul Peña, who is subsequently arrested and imprisoned. Not satisfied that justice has been fully served, Veronica, herself a lawyer, takes on the Catholic Church and experiences its obfuscation, self-justification, and lack of real change firsthand. In prison, Paul not only meets one of his victims but another priest, Father Frank Muncy, who was convicted of pedophilia. What follows is miraculous - a divine intervention that ultimately leads to true repentance, reconciliation, and, unbelievably, a proposal of canonization.

Every Saint a Sinner moves expertly through a range of areas. Legal arguments used by the Catholic Church, psychological differences between hebephilia, ephebophilia, pedophilia, and paraphilia, and the Christian theology of empathic reconciliation. Although Pearl Solas spends more time on the perpetrators than she does on the victims, she in no way undermines the terrible consequences brought to bear on sufferers of abuse. Her text is balanced. Credibly, Solas shows how the media portray child sex offenders as the lowest form of criminal, beyond correction, how God can forgive and restore these criminals, how a meeting of victim and perpetrator can lead to true healing and forgiveness, and what a Catholic Church’s genuine apology could look like. Although it is likely to be contentious, this is one of the best books I have read. It is brave, bold, and brilliantly written. I highly recommend it.

I listened to the audio version of Every Saint a Sinner. Like the writing, the narration by Pearl Solas is clear and careful. It contains just the right amount of expression in a voice that in no way calls attention to itself. I was able to listen without distraction. An excellent experience.