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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very important book for all Christians to read.
It makes a clear distinction between self defense and defending others and acting out of vengeance. Read more
Excellent. Must read for shepherds who care about protecting the flock entrusted to them by the Lord.Published 6 months ago by Peter Francis DeFazio
Well satisfied with the book. Opened my eyes to a way church can be attended and still be safePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Charl is quick and to the point. God calls you to your tasks, to follow His law and not to die in some pointless and stupid way at the hands of a criminal. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sean D. Sorrentino
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. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Backwoods Engineer
Thoroughly explains and supports with scripture reference the boundaries of self defense.Published 11 months ago by L. Smith
Who says Christians are not supposed to defend themselves? Or that Africa was better off before the missionaries came. This book shines a light on these subjects.Published 14 months ago by R. Kersey