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books by tim rupp

Vengeance is Mine

It was 1863, America was split by war. Texas farmer and former lawman, Levi Horn is called to serve for the South, leaving his teenage son to watch over the family. A band of outlaws led by a revenge-driven escaped convict attacks Horn’s family and farm. Torn between vengeance and justice, sixteen-year-old Luke Horn sets off on the trail of the outlaws.

Vengeance is Mine Too

Just when you think the adventure is over, you find it just began. Luke, Joe Ray, and Jack aren't finished righting wrongs. The Civil War was tearing America apart and renegade Confederate soldiers were wreaking havoc in Texas. The outlaw soldiers made the mistake of thinking Luke was still a boy. He wasn't. Luke was forced into manhood and accepted the responsibilities manhood demands while he struggled with his own demons.

Warriors for the Faith

Life is a story. A good movie or book places us “in” the action. We feel like we can relate to, and understand the characters. We cheer for the hero and disdain the villain. Two-thirds of the Bible is written in historical narrative—stories about people. Jesus taught using stories. The stories in the Bible are replete with drama, mystery, and even humor. Like popular movies and novels, Bible stories have intriguing plots of love, friendship, betrayal, competition, murder, and war. Yet, many times they seem boring and we have trouble relating to the characters. Through first-person historical narrative , Pastor Tim Rupp brings biblical characters to life and allows them to tell their stories.

Winning a Gunfight

Does physically surviving a gunfight mean you won? Not by a long shot. Many people survive gunfights. In fact, most people who are in a gunfight survive. But there’s a difference between surviving and winning. Surviving means you continue to exist. Continuing to exist and winning are not the same. Career police officer and author Tim Rupp has been on both sides of a gunfight—being investigated after being in a gunfight and investigating citizens and officers who have been in shootings. Drawing from personal and professional experiences as a patrol officer, homicide detective, and police sergeant, Rupp takes you through what you’ll face in a gunfight. Before picking up a gun for personal protection or the protection of others you need to prepare yourself for what you’ll face before, during, and after a gunfight. Winning a Gunfight prepares you ethically, mentally, and tactically how to win a gunfight. Winning a Gunfight is a must read for police officers, military, and armed citizens.

Pistol in the Pulpit

Active Shooter—a term recently coined that sends chills up the spines of principles, teachers, parents…and now pastors and parishioners. The FBI defines an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms.” Active Killer is a more fitting term. What is the biblical approach to this threat? Christians are struggling with how to respond. Do we trust God and pray for his protection? Do we “turn the other cheek” and do nothing when someone threatens to kill us? Do we take up arms to defend ourselves and others? Christians who choose the responsibility of employing lethal force must be informed by both a spiritual and tactical foundation. Not only is there a proper biblical response, there is also a proper tactical response. What are these proper responses? These critical questions are answered in Pistol in the Pulpit.

Winning is More than Surviving

Police and military chaplains are called on to minister to those who kill. Violence is shunned in our society, but justified violence is sometimes necessary to stop unjustified violence. Even the wise King Solomon said, there is “a time to kill” (Eccl. 3:3). While most of society recoils in fear at violence, some are called to enter that violent world and protect. There are warriors among us who take up arms and protect those unable or unwilling to protect themselves. But who helps the warriors? Chaplains are called to minister to the spiritual needs of these warriors. To be effective, members of the clergy need to understand the dynamics of using lethal force. Winning is More than Surviving is a supplemental guide to Winning a Gunfight for clergy to use as they minister to these warriors.

Suicide is Not an Option

America’s law enforcement officers are significantly more likely to die by suicide than being murdered in the line of duty. For years mental health professionals have come alongside officers with treatment, assistance, and counsel. Yet, the suicide rate continues to increase. Can this ever-increasing suicide rate among these warriors be stopped? In “Suicide is Not an Option” Tim approaches suicide from a spiritual health perspective. His police experience enables him to relate the challenges faced by officers today. Using personal accounts, clear language, and practical reasoning, he argues there is meaning to life beyond the individual. A meaning so deep it transcends life on earth. Humans are not only physical and mental beings, but spiritual beings who yearn for a yet to be experienced life beyond. This eternal hope instilled in every person gives meaning to life and a reason to hope. Hope for more, hope for new, hope for better. Tim believes that this intrinsic hope is a key to reduce not only the suicide rate among our warriors, but across humanity.