Booked for Life

The Bibliographic Memoir of an Accidental Apologist

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"Whatever I have learned," writes Karl Keating, "I have learned from masters of the craft."

In this memoir, the father of the modern Catholic apologetics movement traces his life's work through the wisdom he has borrowed from twenty-five books written by "masters" both famous and obscure.

In delightful prose bearing Karl's trademark erudition, precision, and wit, Booked for Life mixes anecdote and reflection with theological observations and prescriptions from nearly forty years engaged in defense of the Faith.

Karl Keating

Karl Keating is the Founder and President of Catholic Answers. He is a well-known Catholic speaker and apologist, and is the best-selling author of several books, including Catholicism and Fundamentalism, What Catholics Really Believe, and Controversies: High-Level Catholic Apologetics.


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"Karl Keating's memoir of his life as an apologist is a fascinating and inspiring testimony to the fruit of his cooperation with a particular grace which he never expected to receive; the grace to present the faith in a clear and understandable manner and to defend the Faith from confusion and error. It is my hope that his memoir will inspire many others to respond generously to the exhortation of St. Peter to our early ancestors in the Faith, who suffered indifference, ridicule, and even persecution. 'Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence.'(1 Pet. 3:15)"
— Cardinal Raymond Burke, Author, Hope for the World

"Reading this superb book was a gratifying walk down memory lane because it was Karl Keating himself who, 30 years ago, personally introduced me to the books he comments on here. I apprenticed in apologetics under Karl s tutelage, and it was these very books (and many more besides) that he urged me to read and assimilate so I could advance in my own formation as an apologist. It was sage advice and I m forever glad I heeded it for the particular works Karl proposes in Booked for Life became for me a sturdy intellectual foundation upon which a great deal else could be built. So, tolle et lege (pick up and read). You ll be better for it!"
— Patrick Madrid, host of The Patrick Madrid Show

"This is a must read for everyone who enjoys classic Catholic books, top-level apologetics, and effortless writing. Each page has a memorable quote, observation, or anecdote. Delightful!"
— Carl E. Olson, editor of Catholic World Report, author of Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?

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