This warrior poet reading list will stay living and active–expect updates. The list is comprised of books John Lovell has found personally impactful and does not serve as a representation of the many different theologies and philosophies represented within the Warrior Poet community.

Fighter Mindset

Principles of Personal Defense by Jeff Cooper –

Left of Bang by Patrick Von Horne, Jason A. Riley –

Fighting Smarter by Tom Givens –

Deadly Force by Massad Ayoob –

On Combat by Dave Grossman –

On Killing by Dave Grossman –

The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker –

Leadership and Training for the Fight by Paul Howe –

Leadership in the Shadows by Kyle Lamb –

The Art of War by Sun Tzu –

Tides of War by Stephen Pressfield –

Gates of Fire by Stephen Pressfield –

Virtues of War by Stephen Pressfield –

The Warrior Ethos by Stephen Pressfield –

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli –


Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand –

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade –

1776 by David McCollough –

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbon –

Foxes Book of Martyrs by John Foxe –

Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley –

Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides –

Patton: Genius for War by Carlo D’Este –

Black Hawk Down by Scott Bowden –

John Adams by David McCullough –

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow –

God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution by Thomas Kidd –

God’s War: A New History of the Crusades –

God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades –

Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart & Saladin in the 3rd Crusade –

Masculinity, Femininity, & Family

Wild at Heart by John Eldridge –

The Book of Man by William J. Bennett –

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood –

Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey –

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman –


Francis Schaeffer Trilogy – ( tough read–very worth it)

C.S Lewis collection –

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis –

Ravi Zacharias –

On Guard by William Lane Craig –

The Design of Life by William Dembski –

Truth Project DVD Series –


ESV Study Bible by God –

ESV Reference Bible –

Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem –

Fiction & Inspiration

Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace –

William Shakespeare Complete Works –

Sir Knight of the Splendid Way by W.E. Clue –

Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan –

Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis –

Manalive by G.K. Chesterton –

1984 by George Orwell –

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis –

Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde –

Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas –

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo –

Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkien –

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  1. Aurelian 4 months ago

    Meditations would be a good addition to the reading list. The book has a very heavy focus of duty and libing as 1 with the world.

  2. Michael Edera 4 months ago

    Greetings from the ‘left side’. I recently came across your site and videos, which I have enjoyed and found very instructive. I thought you might consider this book that I am currently reading: ‘This Nonviolent Stuff Will Get You Killed’ By Charles E. Cobb Jr.
    Cobb is an historian, and at age 19, became a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Mississippi in 1962. The book gets into the relationship between local, armed African American citizens, and the student organizers helping communities secure the right to vote in Mississippi, at one of the most murderous moments of the civil rights struggle. The book also gives an excellent historical overview of the role that armed and unarmed resistance played in overturning slavery, and the 100 year + fight for ‘Freedom Rights’.

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