Karl Keating

Karl Keating

Karl Keating was born in Chicago, grew up near Los Angeles, and ever since college has lived in San Diego. After practicing law for twelve years he founded a Catholic apologetics ministry from which he is now retired.

He has written two traditionally-published bestsellers, one that sold a quarter of a million copies in paperback, another that sold half that many. (He also has written a few doorstops.)

Today he writes in multiple genres: religion, history, science, outdoors, publishing, and fiction. At the moment he is writing several books simultaneously. This is not a smart thing to do, but it's the way he works.

TWO SERIES IN PREPARATION (genres: hiking and backpacking; literature)

SERIES 1 (hiking and backpacking)

A series (four titles, plus an omnibus) on how *not* to hike and backpack. Lots of books tell you what you should do before and during a trip, but it's equally important to know how to avoid blunders that could ruin what otherwise would be a fine adventure. The constituent books:

"How to Fail at Backpacking"
"How to Fail at Hiking Mt. Whitney" (already available at Amazon)
"How to Fail at Hiking Yosemite"
"How to Fail at Hiking Grand Canyon"
"How to Fail at Hiking" (omnibus volume)

SERIES 2 (literature)

A series (three titles, plus an omnibus) forming a beginner's introduction to Dante's "Divine Comedy." These books are aimed at people who never have read Dante or whose only exposure to him was a smattering of "The Divine Comedy" in high school or college--and who now suspect that they were shortchanged. The constituent books:

Dante's Inferno in 30 Days
Dante's Purgatorio in 30 Days
Dante's Paradiso in 30 Days
Dante's Divine Comedy in 90 Days (omnibus volume)


1. A five-book series on self-publishing (scheduled for 2019).

2. A witty and profound collection of 365 witty and profound sayings of Samuel Johnson (1709-1784): a reflection and commentary for every day of the year (scheduled for late 2018).

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Best Sellers

    • Catholicism and Fundamentalism

    • By: Karl Keating
    • Narrated by: Daniel Bielinski
    • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 18

    Karl Keating defends Catholicism from fundamentalist attacks and explains why fundamentalism has been so successful in converting "Romanists"....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The BEST Book EVER

    • By Dr. Lisa Marie Portugal on 01-07-19

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Francis Feud: Why and How Conservative Catholics Squabble About Pope Francis

    • By: Karl Keating
    • Narrated by: Doug MacKechnie
    • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    This has been the most controversial pontificate in memory. Catholics are taking sides, for and against the pope and each other. Some Catholics like everything Pope Francis says and does. Others think he’s tearing the Church apart. Some say he’s a breath of fresh air....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • This book was very disappointing

    • By just a girl on 08-07-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The New Geocentrists

    • By: Karl Keating
    • Narrated by: Marcus Freeman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      1 out of 5 stars 1

    The new geocentrists claim not only that Earth is the center of our planetary system but that Earth is motionless at the very center of the universe....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Better Suited to a Lecture than a Book

    • By VTer on 10-29-17

    Regular price: $19.95

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