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I first came across this phrase (outside of Tolkein) in The Jesus Storybook Bible. This makes sense, because the author attends Tim Keller's church. The book is a mixed bag, like most children's Bibles. It's definitely better than anything I had as a little kid, since it begins with a chapter specifically about how most people in the Bible are not heroes to be emulated, because the story is about God and not about role models.

But "everything sad will come untrue" is a motif throughout. So many churches use that as a children's ministry resource that I'm not surprised that it's everywhere now.

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