HGPS Book Club


Knowledge has no single source. Some say information and beliefs are absorbed from life experience, observation, education, awareness, intellect, understanding, books, television, the internet, family, friends, strangers, teachers, and God. How much of this information becomes useful knowledge is driven, in part, by the quality of the information itself. It’s with this in mind that we share with you some our favorite private security and firearms training related books.

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” — Kofi Annan
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Who’s Watching While They Pray

by Curtis Hairston (Buy on Amazon)

This book was written to drill down into the “Real” role of today’s Executive Protection Officer (EPO) and Church Security Specialists. It does not matter what you call it, the basic guidelines are the same. Real stories will help the reader identify with the thought processes used to make split-second life or death decisions. Walk through the methodology with us as we take you through learning what is most important to your Principal and guiding you through what they pay you to do. Forward by Sean Smith of The Potter’s House.

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Evil Invades Sanctuary

by Carl Chann (Buy on Amazon)

While some consider the need for security in religious organizations, little gets done until somebody gets hurt. Evil in Sanctuary confirms the need for intentional safety and security in houses of worship and other faith-based organizations. Evil in Sanctuary is a wake-up call for any mass assembly of people, especially faith-based settings. The book motivates readiness and prepares safety minded professionals to state the case clearly to their leadership, peers, and community.

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Church Safety and Security

by Robert M. Cirtin (Buy on Amazon)

This book provides a wealth of practical information on preparing for and responding to the challenges of a dangerous world. Robert Cirtin draws on more than two decades of law enforcement and investigative experience, and with his team of professionals outlines a how-to approach full of specific proactive steps churches can take to protect themselves and reduce the risk of costly lawsuits. Church Safety And Security is a must-have resource for anyone participating in or preparing for church leadership.

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The Gift of Fear

by Gavin De Becker (Buy on Amazon)

In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the nation’s leading expert on violent behavior, shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger – before it’s too late. True fear is a gift. A date won’t take “no” for an answer. The new nanny gives a mother an uneasy feeling. A stranger in a deserted parking lot offers unsolicited help. The threat of violence surrounds us every day. But we can protect ourselves, by learning to trust – and act on – our gut instincts. Unwarranted fear is a curse. Learn how to tell the difference.

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Texas Gun Owners Guide

by Alan Korwin & Georgene Lockwood (Buy on Amazon)

If you want to know what you can and cannot do with guns in Texas, this is the book to own. Since 1995 this has been the go-to guide for Texans and the details on the state’s gun laws. You get a copy of all the gun laws word-for-word, but more important, everything is described in plain English. The descriptions are cross-referenced to the laws in the back of the book. New to this revision: Castle Doctrine, Stand Your Ground, Freedom To Carry in Vehicles, Premises, Motor Homes, School Marshals, and much more!

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GD’s Book of Concealed Carry

by Massad Ayoob (Buy on Amazon)

Written by one of the pre-eminent fighting handgun trainers in the world, this 2nd edition builds upon the best-selling 1st edition by addressing some of the hottest issues surrounding concealed carry today. As a handgun owner, you owe it to yourself to stay informed and educated about changes in concealed carry laws and personal defense hardware. Understand Castle Doctrine, Stand Your Ground laws, review case studies that reveal lessons learned. Author commentary draws on his experience as an expert witness in shooting cases.

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Combat Focus Shooting

by Rob Pinkus (Buy on Amazon)

This book takes readers through a thorough and enlightening explanation of the principles, concepts, and techniques that make up the most progressive and intuitive shooting skill development program in the world: Combat Focus Shooting. There is no more efficient way to develop defensive shooting skills and this book explains both How and WHY you should be training in the Combat Focus Shooting Methodology.

Never stop Because life never stops teaching.