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ISBN-13: 978-0979045110 ISBN-10: 0979045118 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

Charl van Wyk is a full-time missionary, author of a monthly ministry newsletter, and has had feature articles published by WND. Charl has served on the committees of various ministries including Frontline Fellowship, Africa Christian Action, the Christian Action Network, and REDTCO: The Gathering of the Children of God for the Transformation of the Congo. He is a founder member of Gun Owners of South Africa and speaks internationally. Charl lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his wife, Sonja, and their four children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books; 1 edition (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979045118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979045110
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Charl is married to Sonja, they have been blessed with four children. They live in Cape Town, South Africa.

Charl is a missionary to Africa; he has taken numerous mission trips in southern and central Africa, organizes and leads evangelistic prayer vigils and is an active conference speaker.

Charl is contactable for ministry at: charlvanwyk@yahoo.com

Financial support for the Van Wyk family is tax deductible in the USA through In Touch Mission International. For further information on his work, please contact In Touch Mission International toll-free # 1-888-918-4100.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Henry J. Howard on April 25, 2009
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Those who question the morality of using lethal force in self defense needs this book & anyone who packs should read it.Written by a man who went & did 'Shooting Back' adresses the thought process Mr.Van Wyk went through to reconcile his Christian beliefs with carrying a gun,the incident itself,&,most importantly,the aftermath;specifically including the reactions of the survivors.
This is not a book of tactics altho the discerning reader will pick up a few ideas but rather of practial philosophy.
Not a cheap or easy book to come by but well worth the effort to get.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Julian on January 15, 2011
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Shooting Back is a wonderful book describing the right as a Christian to carry a concealed weapon for protection of yourself and others. It is backed by scripture and has a word for word description of an actual situation where having a pistol, clearly saved the lives of many. It is a book that should be read by believer's and non-believers. The Author, Charl Van Wyk, clearly brought to light the frightening situation and how being prepared saved not only his life, but the lives of many.

Ernest Julian
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eric Bills on December 28, 2008
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Mr. Van Wyk has done a great service to those Christians who understand both, that some in the world will do them harm, and that they do have the right to protect themselves. It is unfortunate that so many will accept as fate, things that could be countered or fought against. God gave man free will. It is that very will, and the evil that is in this world that would cause someone to do wrong or harm others. We do not have to sit idly by and accept this as God's will for it is not. We have a right to protect ourselves, our family and others from violence.
Mr. Van Wyk does a great job in pointing this out from a first hand perspective, and deserves thanks for having had the strength and understanding to confront the situation he did, as well as the struggles that followed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Belle on December 15, 2012
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ISBN: 978-0979045110
Publication Date: Jan 30, 2007
Page length: 128 pages
Price: $14.99 paperback/$2.99 Kindle ebook

Teaser summary: Charl Van Wyk, a missionary, was sitting in the audience of his church in South Africa, attending the evening service. Suddenly, several terrorists entered the church with automatic rifles and grenades, causing massive destruction. Previously trained in the army he pulled his revolver from concealment and shot back at the terrorists. As soon as they heard the returned fire, they fled in their get away car. Charl describes his actions and the Christian theology that led him to end the St. James Massacre in this book.
Similar titles/Authors: The Cornered Cat: A Woman's Guide to Concealed Carry by Kathy Jackson

Review: I discovered Charl's story after seeing a post where he'd visited to share his story with the Virginia Citizen Defense League (a local gun rights organization). After hearing of his story I very much regretted missing him speak!
Beginning this book, I knew that there were several chapters discussing the theology and philosophy regarding carrying a weapon for self defense. I worried then, that it would read like a textbook and be very dry and boring. However, that was not the case at all. Charl's book is written in gripping fashion, helping you to understand what he experienced. He details his crisis counseling group experiences and the raw emotions that he felt regarding the terrorists. One of the most enjoyable surprises was reading through his journeys after the massacre, about his interactions between some of the terrorists who issued the attack. Charl shows how we can win the world through God's forgiveness in our hearts.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey S. Ross on April 7, 2010
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"Shooting Back" should be one of many mandatory books to help Christians form a comprehensive Biblical world and life view. Not only will it help those with issues about the use of deadly force, it also helps to confront the unbiblical pacifism that has infected the Church. A definite "must read."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By loudshirt on December 2, 2012
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This book was informative. The author is very forth coming with how he felt about having to defend himself and his peers. It was informative about how the laws of South Africa were changing to negative at the time of the events written about. I did not need the religious justifications for what he did, but the author seemed to want to justify his actions from a biblical point of view. I did not see a need for that justification. Over all I will recommend this book to anyone who carries a firearm for protection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gerald on October 24, 2012
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Have being a member of St James church and a legal firearm owner in South Africa, this book clarifies what life in South Africa really is. An honest account of that day, Gods grace and how God is working in Africa. I can't recommend this book enough, great read, all factual no lies. Mr van Wyk has done a sterling job.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Hinders on April 16, 2012
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Sometimes one has to do things that one thinks are morally wrong....but are they? This book illustrates one man's realization that sometimes things are morally right even when violence is involved.
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