This is a very short list of very good books. There are thousands of books on martial arts, combat, fighting and so on. Many of them are very good. However, determining the best is a real challenge. I’ve tried to do that for you. This short list is complimentary to what is covered in the PROAct seminar. Adding these books to your library is an inexpensive way to continue to prepare.
See Sally Kick Ass: A Woman’s Guide to Personal Safety by Fred Vogt
Fred’s book is a treasure trove of valuable information on personal safety written specifically for women. It provides a different perspective on some key safety issues. If you’re going to read one book on the subject, this is it.
There are a lot of great books on understanding and using body language but Joe Navarro’s book is the one that stands out for being quick and easy to understand and even easier to use. So many others get bogged down in details you’d be hard pressed to remember. This is a great introduction to the art and well worth your time.
The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence by Gavin de Becker
Gavin de Becker has written a modern day classic. He helps explain how we intuitively interpret danger and how we have been taught to ignore those signals. It’s a great book to help you understand the what your instincts are trying to tell you.
Surviving a Stalker by Linden Gross
Stalkers are a different breed and surprisingly common. One in 12 women will suffer from a stalker. Linda Gross tells how to reclaim your life once a stalker has targeted you. However, it may be far easier to stop a stalker from targeting you than it is to get rid of one. Read this before it happens.
On Combat, The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace by Dave Grossman and Loren W. Christensen
Our bodies are designed to deal with the stress of combat and danger. Colonel Grossman tells us what to expect when the moment of danger arrives. Knowing in advance helps us to be better prepared to deal with tunnel vision or auditory exclusion.
If any type of gun is in your defensive plan you owe it to yourself to read Combat Shooting. Massad Ayoob, on of America’s most trusted experts, tells explains key considerations in using a gun for self defense.
2nd Tier – These are good books but read those listed above first.
LiesSpotting; Proven Techniques to Detect Deception by Pamela Meyer. The title says it all. Great little book and a wonderful follow-on to Joe Navarro’s book on body language.
The Definitive book of Body Language by Allen and Barbara Pease. This includes some tips on how to project body language; assertiveness, determination, or and in-control presences.
No Place for Abuse: Biblical and Practical Resources to Counteract Domestic Violence by Catherine Clark Kroeger and Nancy Nason-Clark. There are not a lot of books that speak to resolving the problem of domestic violence in a Biblical fashion. This is a real find.
There are thousands of books on self defense, women’s self defense, combat, handguns, home safety and more. If you have a recommendation or find a problem or concern with any of the suggestions posted, please contact me.