Mark P. Shea

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Mark P. Shea is an American author, blogger, and speaker working in the field of Roman Catholic apologetics. Born and raised in Everett, Washington, he describes himself as a "double-jump convert[,] raised more or less as an agnostic pagan, [who] became a non-denominational Evangelical in 1979, and entered the Catholic Church in 1987".[1] Although he has no formal theological training, he has been published in the Catholic World Report,[2] New Oxford Review,[3] The Door, Catholic Digest, and Christianity and Literature.[4] Until 1 January 2016,[5] Shea maintained the "Catholic and Enjoying It!" blog.[6] Shea contributed a column to the National Catholic Register until they fired him for publicly engaging in such a way that was considered irreconcilable with their "... editorial vision or standards of charitable discussion.[7][4] His one-minute “Words of Encouragement” segments have been broadcast nationally in the United States on Ave Maria Radio.[4]

Shea has appeared as the character Innocent Smith on Dale Ahlquist's television program G. K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), and again as Innocent Smith in Ahlquist's film presentation of Chesterton's novel Manalive; Shea also appeared on EWTN in the made-for-television film adaptation of Chesterton's play The Surprise as the captain of the guard.[8]


  • This is My Body: An Evangelical Discovers the Real Presence (Christendom Press, 1993) ISBN 978-0931888489
  • By What Authority?: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition (Our Sunday Visitor, 1996) ISBN 978-0931888489
  • Making Senses Out of Scripture: Reading the Bible as the First Christians Did (Basilica Press, 1999) ISBN 978-0964261068
  • Shaken by Scandals: Catholics Speak Out About Priests' Sexual Abuse (Charis Books, 2002). ISBN 156955353X (Contributed "Chapter 9 - Dark Hour: The Long Good Friday of 2002")
  • Tolkien on Film: Essays on Peter Jackson's 'The Lord of the Rings' (Mythopoeic Press, 2004). ISBN 978-1887726092 (Contributed "The Lord of the Rings: A Source-Critical Analysis")
  • A Guide to the Passion: 100 Questions About The Passion of the Christ (Ascension Press, 2004) ISBN 978-1932645422
  • A Guide to Narnia: 100 Questions About The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Ascension Press, 2005) ISBN 978-1932645972
  • The Da Vinci Deception: 100 Questions about the Facts and Fiction of The Da Vinci Code[9] (Ascension Press, 2006) ISBN 978-1932927641 (co-author with Edward Sri)
  • Amazing Grace for Survivors (Ascension Press, 2008). Contributed "All is Forgiven, Sadie Hawkins!". ISBN 978-1934217474
  • Mary, Mother of the Son (Marytown Press, 2014)
  • Catholic Controversies: Understanding Church Teachings and Events in History (Moorings Press, 2010) ISBN 978-0982766200 (Contributed "The Mother of the Son: The Case for Marian Devotion" and "Purgatory: Where is That in the Bible?")
  • Disorientation: The 13 "isms" That Will Send You to Intellectual "La La Land" (Ascension Press, 2010) ISBN 978-1934217948 (Contributed "Americanism")
  • The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet (Our Sunday Visitor, 2011). ISBN 978-1592760336 (Contributed "Chapter 4: - Modern Epistles: Blogging the Faith")
  • The Work of Mercy: Being the Hands and Heart of Christ[10] (Servant books, 2012) ISBN 1616360097
  • The Heart of Catholic Prayer: Rediscovering the Our Father and the Hail Mary (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012) ISBN 978-1592761777
  • Salt and Light: The Commandments, the Beatitudes, and a Joyful Life (Servant books, 2013) ISBN 978-1616364960


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