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 –

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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