Thank you for visiting the Strong Blue Line website. As mentioned in the video on the home page, police officers are a hard people group to reach. And we need to “gain access.”
For over 30 years I’ve been trying to figure out how to break through the police subculture and reach police officers with the gospel. Most people do not realize this subculture exists and how powerful it is. It’s not uncommon for police officers to be-come very skeptical and distrusting of anyone outside of the policing culture. Even as part of that subculture, it was hard to gain credibility with cynical and untrusting officers.
The recent terrible verbal and physical assaults in the media demonstrates why many officers are apt to become cynical.
I believe the book “Winning a Gunfight” will help bridge the gap. “Winning a Gun-fight” makes an instant connection with police officers, military members, and anyone who carries or owns a firearm for self-defense or defense of another.
One Christian leader commented the book’s cover and name is “violent.” I as-sure you, gunfights are violent encounters. I could have titled it “Winning at Life” or “The Winning Way” but that would sound like a self-help book and be dismissed out-of-hand by most officers.
The book is a straight forward approach to what a person goes through in a gun-fight. Officers need to be prepared: ethically, mentally, and tactically. That equates to body, soul, and spirit. There is a myriad of books on police tactics and proper shooting techniques. Dave Grossman has written extensively and presents seminars and training on the mental aspects of being in a deadly force encounter. But I found no resource on the spiritual aspect of deadly conflict. In “Winning a Gunfight” I address all three aspects: body, soul, and spirit.
Churches are encouraged to purchase a copy for each officer in their community. In larger communities, churches can band together to purchase the book. Not only will this provide officers with a valuable resource and a “thank-you” for their service; it will provide a connection between officers and your congregation. And most importantly it will get the gospel into the hands of police officers. For eleven chapters I gain credibility then in the epilogue I present the gospel.
“Winning a Gunfight” is available on Amazon. The print edition is $25 and the Kindle is $4.99. Churches can order the print edition through The Strong Blue Line website for $10 each with a minimum order of five books (individual books can be ordered for $15). A church (or representative from a church) can purchase a start-up kit that includes a copy of the book, a link to a downloadable version of the video, and bulletin inserts that complement the video. The start-up kit is $15).