Does the Bible Teach Sola Scriptura? CD

January 16, 2018 by  
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A Catholic/Protestant Debate
Patrick Madrid vs. James White
Yes, this is that debate you’ve been hearing about, a classic you won’t want to miss. Patrick Madrid debates James White on the question “Does the Bible Teach Sola Scriptura?” This debate is one of our all-time most popular resources — a hard-hitting, penetrating exchange on the central slogan of the Protestant Reformation. In this no-holds barred debate, the Protestant apologist makes his case for why he feels Christians should view the Bible as the sole infallible rule of faith for Christians. Patrick Madrid presents a Catholic critique of those arguments and shows that the Bible nowhere teaches the notion of  the formal sufficiency of Scripture.
Great to listen to and study with your Catholic apologetics group. This debate is a “barn-burner”! Regarded by many as their all-time favorite Catholic/Protestant debate on the important subject of sola Scriptura (Latin: by Scripture alone).
Free! Read Patrick’s follow-up article about this debate: “The White Man’s Burden.”
2 audio CDs

Surprised by Life

March 19, 2017 by  
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COMING SOON! Copies (signed by Patrick Madrid) should ship in early May, 2017.

A quarter century and half a million copies later (including foreign and foreign-language editions), this is the fourth volume in the celebrated “Surprised By” series of books by Patrick Madrid — Surprised by Life.

Here are ten new personal testimonies that go beyond scriptural, historical, and doctrinal apologetics and deep into the tumultuous territory of life issues, including the tragic and sudden loss of a young-adult child, the pain of miscarriage, abortion, contraception, hedonism, promiscuity, drug and alcohol abuse, and even prostitution. None of these testimonies of God’s forgiveness and healing love are titillating or salacious, but all are raw and honest, in ways reminiscent of St. Augustine’s raw and honest, but never titillating, Confessions.

Each of these testimonies brims with the real-life life issues faced today by many folks, including persons we love and even those in our families.

— Introduction, Patrick Madrid
— Aunt Amy Saves My Baby, Heather Schieder
— Call Girl to Catholic, AnneMarie Schreiber
— Abortion to Adoration, Jewels Green 
— A Texas Baptist Meets the Good Shepherd in Rome, Leticia Ochoa Adams
— Fr. Ryan and the Women’s Clinic, Leila Miller 
— From One Holocaust to Another, Chris Aubert 
— Little Miracles Leading from Death to Life, Doreen Campbell
— Goodbye, Contraception; Hello, NFP!, Shaun and Jessica McAfee 
— Bye, Bye, Boys and Booze, Shalimar Masters 
— Painful Lessons of the Heart, Lisa Duffy 

Life Lessons:
Fifty Things I Learned in My First Fifty Years

March 9, 2016 by  
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POPULAR AUTHOR and presenter Patrick Madrid draws Life Lessons from the many interesting, funny, instructive, and poignant experiences of his own life. Grounded in Scripture and plenty of life experience, Patrick shows how the smallest stories that make up your life are clear pointers to the greater story of God’s work in your life. The laughter, the tears, and the beauty of life come alive through Patrick’s insightful and clear style. These Life Lessons will inspire you to look anew at your everyday experiences—and see the wonder of God.

“This intimate look into the life of one of America’s most beloved Catholic personalities is sure to be a classic. The stories are entertaining and vividly written, and each contains a strong dose of life-changing wisdom.”
— Jennifer Fulwiler, Author of Something Other than God

Life Lessons is a practical invitation to prayerful reflection on God’s active presence in our lives, especially when and where we least expect to find him!”
— Most Reverend Paul Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City

“Saint Peter’s first epistle says, ‘Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.’ Life Lessons is a book full of hope for everyone, especially those who want to grow and experience God’s merciful love.”
— Most Reverend James S. Wall, Bishop of Gallup

“Patrick Madrid shares the Gospel through short, often funny, and real accounts of the Lord’s presence in ordinary moments. This book will open the eyes of everyone seeking Christ’s presence in everyday life.”
— Most Reverend James Conley, Bishop of Lincoln

How to Do Apologetics: Making the Case for Our Fath

December 23, 2015 by  
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“Knowing how to explain and defend the Catholic Faith, especially to those who are hostile, is something every Catholic should be ready to do. Patrick Madrid’s new book explains in simple, straightforward language the art and science of apologetics. This book is a must-read for any Catholic who takes his or her Faith seriously and wants to be prepared to share that Faith with others.”

— Most Rev. Michael J. Sheridan, Bishop of Colorado Springs

“In How to do Apologetics, Patrick Madrid gives readers the necessary tools to e ectively witness to their Catholic Faith. Those who are serious about sharing and, when necessary, defending, their beliefs will find this a must read. I highly recommend it.” — Most Rev. James S. Wall, Bishop of Gallup, New Mexico

“If I need a doctor, I search for the best in the field. If I look for advice on apologetics, I do the same. Patrick Madrid has done it again with How to Do Apologetics. Loaded with practical advice and overflowing with resources, this book is a must for the new army of Catholics ready to face the culture with the full force of Catholic and biblical truth. Patrick Madrid has been doing this longer than almost anyone, and now you can take advantage of all his decades of success.” — Steve Ray, author of Crossing the Tiber

“As an apologist, I am often asked not just the ‘what’ when it comes to giving reasons why we believe what we believe as Catholics, but I am also asked the all-important question of how to do the work of communicating those answers. In How to Do Apologetics, Patrick Madrid masterfully provides the one-stop shop for answering that question. It is an exceptional presentation of rock-solid theological and philosophical information coupled with the indispensable logical and rhetorical tools that will empower all who read it to be able to effectively communicate the fullness of the Gospel message that we alone as Catholics possess to any and all who would inquire. Definitely a must-read for any Catholic who loves the Faith, from new convert to seasoned apologist.”

— Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics and Evangelization, Catholic Answers

“What distinguishes this book on apologetics and makes it truly indispensable is that its author, one of the best-known Catholic apologists of our time, explains in an easy, conversational style not merely what the arguments are, but how to actually use them. This is a practical guide, filled with illustrations of real-life apologetics encounters Patrick Madrid has had over the years. It’s as enjoyable to read as it is immensely helpful.”

— Kenneth Hensley, co-author of The Godless Delusion, professor of Scripture, St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, California

“This book is vintage Patrick Madrid, after almost three decades of teaching us the art of intellectual hand-to-hand combat. The best antidote to misinformation is education, and the best antidote to disinformation is exposure. Misinformation is the result of error and can be reversed with the right information. Patrick Madrid does this better than most. This book of apologetics anchors us to the rock-solid truths of 2000 years of Christianity and is geared to make the complex understandable. The challenge to stand for the truth has never been greater. Don’t check your brains at the door, know what you believe and why! How to Do Apologetics is the intellectual equivalent of Navy Seal training for the common layperson in the pew. We need to argue to explain, because truth and love go together. is book will not teach you to win arguments, it will teach you to win souls.” —

— Jesse Romero, M.A., Catholic evangelist and apologist, retired Los Angeles Deputy Sheri , former U.S.A. Middleweight Kick- boxing Champion, three-time World Police & Fire Olympic Boxing Champion, inducted into the Catholic Sports Hall of Fame in 2014

What Now? A Guide
for New Catholics

January 16, 2015 by  
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Price includes: Signed by the author and Priority USPS mail. (148 pages, paperback)

YOU’VE JOINED the Catholic Church, or are thinking of it, or maybe you’ve recently rediscovered the Catholic Faith of your upbringing after a long absence. Or maybe you just need a solid “refresher course” in the basics of Catholicism.

If you’re at a loss about how to participate fully in the Church, connect with your local parish, and understand all those seemingly “quirky” Catholic things they didn’t cover in RCIA or CCD, this book can help.

Patrick Madrid is the perfect coach — able to offer encouragement when things seem odd or difficult, clear up misconceptions about what it means to be Catholic, explain why Catholics say and do (and don’t say and do) certain things, and help new converts and those returning to the Church fully live their Catholic Faith.

Now What? is the perfect read for those new to the Catholic Faith, as well as for long-time believers looking to jump-start their faith.” — Mark Hart, author of Tweet Inspiration

“This book offers practical tips on how to plug into the life of the Church — and stay plugged in.” — Mark Shea, author of Salt and Light

“Patrick Madrid acts as a personal guide to your rights, privileges,duties, and obligations as a Catholic. He points out what to avoid and how to effectively dive into a meaningful and joy-filled Catholic life.” — Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, author of The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions

Scripture and Tradition in the Church

December 1, 2014 by  
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Temporarily out of print!

HARDCOVER, 268 pages, index of subjects, index of Scripture passages

As a theological peritus (expert) at the Second Vatican Council, Yves Congar, O.P. exerted a profound influence on the Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum. Congar’s widely lauded contribution to Dei Verbum was the culmination of his decades of sustained scholarship, deeply exploring Sacred Tradition and its relationship to Scripture and the Church.

His adroit and penetrating research into the testimony of the Fathers and medieval doctors yielded a remarkable abundance of rich, compelling data that enabled him to formulate what he saw as a viable solution to the twin “problems” of sola Scriptura and Tradition — the former is problematic for Catholics, while the latter is problematic for Protestants.

This book explores Congar’s understanding of the concept of the material sufficiency of Scripture and its relationship to Sacred Tradition, as well as his critique of the Protestant principle of sola Scriptura and its inherent assertion that Scripture is formally, not just materially, sufficient.

— Patrick Madrid, from the introduction

“In this book, Patrick Madrid makes an an important contribution to the Catholic-Protestant dialogue on the important but complex issue of the relationship between the unique authority of Sacred Scripture and the Church’s living tradition. In particular, Scripture and Tradition in the Church will re-invigorate awareness and appreciation of the influential role played by Yves Congar in twentieth century Catholic theology
and ecumenism, especially his understanding of divine revelation. Clearly written and carefully researched, Madrid strikes a tone that is irenic and constructive, not polemical or apologetic.”

— Scott Hahn, Ph.D., Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical
Theology and the New Evangelization (Franciscan University of Steubenville);
Founder and President, St. Paul Center of Biblical Theology.

“Patrick Madrid’s appraisal of Yves Congar’s contribution to the discussion of the relationship between Scripture and Tradition is most timely in the year that witnessed the canonizations of both Pope John XXIII, who called the Dominican friar to the Second Vatican Council as a peritus, and Pope John Paul II, who named him a Cardinal. Madrid’s irenic work serves as a demonstration, moreover, of his own ardent desire for a restoration of Christian unity through authentic ecumenism. This is an important book for all who love Scripture, Catholics and Protestants alike, and an insightful invitation to Christian dialogue.”

— Sebastian Mahfood, OP, Ph.D., professor of theology, Holy Apostles College and Seminary


“The relationship between Scripture, Tradition, Revelation and authority is a tangled question in dispute between Catholics and Protestants. Patrick Madrid’s scholarly book analyzes this question thoroughly, with the help of the best insights offered by Yves Congar O.P. in the 20th century. These are ongoing and important questions, intelligently articulated by a Catholic mind well-trained through engagement in
modern apologetics.”

—Rev. Peter Joseph, S.T.D., editor, Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine 

On a Mission:
Lessons from
St. Francis de Sales

By Patrick Madrid

In this book, Patrick Madrid uses the example of St. Francis de Sales to illustrate the zeal, spiritual principles, and attitude of one who sets out to live and share the faith. Christ sent his apostles into the whole world to make disciples of all nations, and by virtue of our baptism, we, too, are called to be apostles on this same mission. But how do we start? How can we accomplish in today s culture? In this book, Patrick shares his own time-tested methodology for teaching Catholics how to prepare themselves to:

  • Explain their faith more intelligently
  • Defend it more charitably
  • Share it more effectively

His methodology, derived from nearly 30 years working in the field of apologetics, involves both practical techniques and theological truths revealed to us in Scripture and exemplified in the lives of the saints. It includes emulating the apologetics techniques of the original apostles, as well as the Fathers and Doctors of the Church in ensuing centuries. More importantly, it details the sanctifying process of cooperating with God s grace as he lovingly forms an apostolic heart for others within each of us.

Why Be Catholic?
10 Answers to a Very Important Question

May 26, 2014 by  
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By Patrick Madrid

In this intriguing tour of the Catholic Church’s stunning history and traditions, Patrick Madrid draws upon his own experiences growing up Catholic in 1960s & 1970s California to his life’s work as an author, theology professor, and radio host, offering an insightful, deeply personal, scripturally based testament to Catholicism.

Why Be Catholic? celebrates the 2,000-year history of the Catholic Church and explores the foundations of its most notable—and sometimes controversial—teachings. His frank, fascinating, and often humorous narrative dispels misconceptions about the Holy Eucharist, tells the true story of his miracle encounter with the Blessed Virgin Mary, and pays homage to the profound (and sometimes colorful) history of the papacy.

Examining the Catholic Church’s seven sacraments, many martyrs, and countless charities, Madrid offers more than just a guide for happiness and better living, in Why Be Catholic? he makes a compelling case for why everyone should be Catholic — including you.





Envoy for Christ (Audio Book CD)

May 9, 2013 by  
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Read by Patrick Madrid

For the past twenty-five years, Patrick Madrid has explained and defended the Catholic Faith worldwide. Envoy for Christ is a fascinating look inside the world of Catholic apologetics from his vantage point on the front lines. More than just a memoir, this book presents a selection of 25 years-worth of  his articles and essays on a variety of topics, from comparative religions (Jehovah’s Witnesses, Protestantism, Mormonism, Hinduism, etc.), to all things Catholic.

Patrick provides insights into how his own thinking as a Catholic and an apologist and teacher of the Faith has deepened and matured over the years. Replete with many of his engaging and sometimes humorous “man on the street” observations, this book is a legacy of Patrick Madrid’s far-reaching public efforts to explain, share, and defend Christianity and the Catholic Faith. (12-CD set)

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Envoy for Christ:
25 Years as a Catholic Apologist

May 9, 2013 by  
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By Patrick Madrid

For the past twenty-five years, Patrick Madrid has explained and defended the Catholic Faith worldwide. Envoy for Christ is a fascinating look inside the world of Catholic apologetics from his vantage point on the front lines. More than just a memoir, this book presents a selection of 25 years-worth of  his articles and essays on a variety of topics, from comparative religions (Jehovah’s Witnesses, Protestantism, Mormonism, Hinduism, etc.), to all things Catholic.

Patrick provides insights into how his own thinking as a Catholic and an apologist and teacher of the Faith has deepened and matured over the years. Replete with many of his engaging and sometimes humorous “man on the street” observations, this book is a legacy of Patrick Madrid’s far-reaching public efforts to explain, share, and defend Christianity and the Catholic Faith.

(Also available as a Book on CD, read by the author)

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