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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Book Review: In The Gravest Extreme

Subtitle: The Role of the Firearm in Personal Protection
Author: Massad F. Ayoob
Year Published: 1980

Out of all the self defense books I've read so far, I can honestly say that if you can choose one, get this one. Massad Ayoob, for those of you who are not familiar with the name, is one of the greatest handgun trainers of our time.

In The Gravest Extreme is (probably) the second book he has authored. It addresses everything from mindset, to women's self defense, to choosing your handgun.... in 123 pages!
It primarily discusses the consequences, from a legal perspective, of defending yourself. Liberals have labeled it the book that tells you how to "kill someone and get away with it". But as responsible Christians, we only use lethal force when, to quote Ayoob, "we or any other innocent human beings are in imminent and unavoidable danger of death or grave bodily harm." This is the main thesis of the book. Unfortunately, although what he has to say is true, Ayoob doesn't seem to be a Christian, (there is some profanity in the book) yet another sad instance where Christians have dropped the ball in an area where we should be taking dominion

Despite this, I highly recommend it to everyone.

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Blogger ParaPacem said...

totally off topic, really, but given your proclivity for integrating your Christian Faith with an unapologetic love of weaponry and the unabashed willingness to use both when called upon - you may enjoy signing up for Gabe Suarez' e-letter or visiting his Christian Warrior site.
He's straight-up.

August 6, 2009 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll have to check him out.

August 6, 2009 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Johann Van De Leeuw said...

Sounds like a good book. I'll look it up. Thanks for posting this!

August 6, 2009 at 9:25 PM  

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