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 – http://amzn.to/2v0MsJE

Left of Bang by Patrick Von Horne, Jason A. Riley – http://amzn.to/2uY4Ch3

Fighting Smarter by Tom Givens – http://amzn.to/2uYnYCz

Deadly Force by Massad Ayoob – http://amzn.to/2vju9lO

On Combat by Dave Grossman – http://amzn.to/2hoEV4e

On Killing by Dave Grossman – http://amzn.to/2v0yjfI

The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker – http://amzn.to/2uXwx0i

Leadership and Training for the Fight by Paul Howe – http://amzn.to/2vki3Zk

Leadership in the Shadows by Kyle Lamb – http://amzn.to/2vkkP13

The Art of War by Sun Tzu – http://amzn.to/2ulzjc9

Tides of War by Stephen Pressfield – http://amzn.to/2uYkYWS

Gates of Fire by Stephen Pressfield – http://amzn.to/2u5zZHq

Virtues of War by Stephen Pressfield – http://amzn.to/2uXUPYi

The Warrior Ethos by Stephen Pressfield – http://amzn.to/2v0yQhr

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli – http://amzn.to/2hs1aq0


History

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – http://amzn.to/2v0NSnn

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade – http://amzn.to/2w8q4ON

1776 by David McCollough – http://amzn.to/2w8iV0O

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbon – http://amzn.to/2wpeM8d

Foxes Book of Martyrs by John Foxe – http://amzn.to/2u7OKti

Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley – http://amzn.to/2hrAk15

Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides – http://amzn.to/2u8kYof

Patton: Genius for War by Carlo D’Este – http://amzn.to/2hrtAR2

Black Hawk Down by Scott Bowden – http://amzn.to/2vmluil

John Adams by David McCullough – http://amzn.to/2xenPxu

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow – http://amzn.to/2fPvI59

God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution by Thomas Kidd – http://amzn.to/2ynSoAT

God’s War: A New History of the Crusades – http://amzn.to/2xeLYEe

God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades – http://amzn.to/2xTG8VR

Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart & Saladin in the 3rd Crusade – http://amzn.to/2xeHVru


Masculinity, Femininity, & Family

Wild at Heart by John Eldridge – http://amzn.to/2vknYxG

The Book of Man by William J. Bennett – http://amzn.to/2hpudus

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood – http://amzn.to/2v0JINW

Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey – http://amzn.to/2vmPxXf

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman – http://amzn.to/2wpKsdJ


Philosophy

Francis Schaeffer Trilogy – http://amzn.to/2faeaQq ( tough read–very worth it)

C.S Lewis collection – http://amzn.to/2v0AqjE

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis – http://amzn.to/2v0GIzG

Ravi Zacharias – http://amzn.to/2uYmQyS

On Guard by William Lane Craig – http://amzn.to/2v0DCNI

The Design of Life by William Dembski – http://amzn.to/2wndGJS

Truth Project DVD Series – http://amzn.to/2vktEI6


Theology

ESV Study Bible by God – http://amzn.to/2falBa6

ESV Reference Bible – http://amzn.to/2ulAecO

Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem – http://amzn.to/2faxhKd


Fiction & Inspiration

Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace – http://amzn.to/2vk8lGz

William Shakespeare Complete Works – http://amzn.to/2v08JJi

Sir Knight of the Splendid Way by W.E. Clue – http://amzn.to/2uY22aI

Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan – http://amzn.to/2uYgy2b

Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis – http://amzn.to/2uXwIIY

Manalive by G.K. Chesterton – http://amzn.to/2v0CkR5

1984 by George Orwell – http://amzn.to/2v1gjSm

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis – http://amzn.to/2faiKhz

Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – http://amzn.to/2v0IFO7

Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – http://amzn.to/2wbefqX

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – http://amzn.to/2hrIDKm

Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkien – http://amzn.to/2wpWBiM


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2 Comments
  1. Aurelian 1 month 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 1 month 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. https://www.dukeupress.edu/this-nonviolent-stuffll-get-you-killed
    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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