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Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-defense 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0979045110
ISBN-10: 0979045118
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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: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.

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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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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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The author recently posted on a firearms forum to which I belong. I was intrigued when he mentioned that he wrote a book, so I performed a search on Amazon.com, read the reviews, and ordered the book. Delivery was accomplished sooner than promised, which I have come to expect from Amazon, as it happens so often.

The author delves quickly into the shooting event with facts and acute observations, rather than prolonged narrative and background. He follows the events by describing his search into the Bible, as well as other sources, to understand whether or not what he did was Biblical. He also describes his dilemma with forgiving the people who attacked his church.

Although I have never used a firearm in self defense, his references and conclusions have helped me to answer some of the same questions I have about defending myself, my family and my friends. I highly recommend Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-defense to anyone who is remotely interested in the subject.
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GREAT BOOK for a Christian like me who carries for self-defense. Please listen to the intervew with Charl by Mike Seeklander on the American Warrior Society Podcast. Charl van Wyk (near as I can tell, pronounced "Sharl van VEEK") is as Christian a man as you'll ever meet, and gives glory to God for the day he was able to save the lives of hundreds of people with a five-shot snub-nosed revolver, against terrorists with full-auto AK-47's.
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Charl van Wyk lays out the Biblical mandate for Christian men and women to protect their loved ones from murderous thugs. He uses Scripture to present his argument. All too many Christians approach self defense as a sin. It is well worth your time to read Mr. van Wyk's real life story and decide for yourself. I know that as a husband, father and Christian, I have never had a problem with the concept of protecting my family. It is certainly food for thought as well as a topic for lively debate. Enjoy.
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