TRUTH—The Most Powerful Weapon in the World
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ~John 8:32
The best way to win in the war of ideas is to arm yourself with the truth. In the following list of books, you will find powerful sources of truth. All listings are suitable for Young Adults, except for the last section, “Adult Education,” which is adult reading level.
Let’s begin where we are. Even so, we cannot do it all at once. Think of concentrating the light of the sun through a magnifying glass. The light of truth is like the sun, and Truth is our greatest weapon. If we focus the energy of truth effectively, we can make a powerful impact.
Holy Bible, King James Version
Hillsdale College offers free online courses on the Constitution and other real American history. These are recommended for all American families, whether educated at home or other venues
The 5,000 Year Leap; W. Cleon Skousen (For review excerpts of this must-read book, type US Constitution Series in the search bar of this site)
The Law; Frederic Bastiat
National Center for Constitutional Studies:
The Real Benjamin Franklin
The Real Thomas Jefferson
The Real George Washington
The Separation of Church and State: What the Founders Meant
Chris and Ted Stewart:
The Miracle of Freedom: 7 Tipping Points that Saved the World
Ron Carter: (9 volume series, truly brings our glorious heritage to life, accurate history documentation)
Rush Limbaugh: (Series for ages 10-adult; Factual yet very entertaining)
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims; Rush Revere and the First Patriots; Rush Revere and the American Revolution
Rise to Revolution; The Glorious Cause (These give powerful insight into the character of key figures in the founding of the American Republic
Every young adult, and adult as well, should read many of L’Amour’s books. There are at least 100 titles to choose from, and they are all great. He has my highest recommendation. While being easy and thrilling for the reluctant reader, his stories are still laced with sound principles of character education, moral absolutes, history, and traditional values. His work is a Hallmark of Western Civilization in America—certainly the best and most representative of American character, which our public education system today either ignores or despises. He teaches you how it was to live before law and order came to the American West, with powerful themes of good and evil. Start today to embark on this memorable literary adventure!
Here in these western lands men were fighting again the age-old struggle for freedom and for civilization, which is one that always must be fought for. The weak and those unwilling to make the struggle, soon resign their liberties for the protection of powerful men or paid armies; they begin by being protected, they end by being subjected. ~ Louis L’Amour
World War II
These two books are marvelous illustrations of the timeless theme good vs. evil. The whole reason we are on earth is to learn to distinguish good from evil, but those distinctions are now extremely blurred in our society. These thrilling narratives are great character education, and teach the reader in a literary way how the Holy Spirit can guide us in our daily lives.
In the spirit of The Alliance, The Freedom Factor, and Leverage Point, author Gerald N. Lund blends gripping, fast-paced suspense with a timeless message for readers of all ages. He also gives marvelous insight into World War II. This is great historical education for today’s young adults, who are born long since that pivotal point in our heritage, and can add to their understanding and appreciation of the supreme sacrifices made by the heroes of that era.
Cold War Era
Michael Phillips: Secret of the Rose Series, 1937-1962
1. Eleventh Hour ; 2. A Rose Remembered; 3. Escape to Freedom
Bridge at Landau (About the Hungarian Revolution in 1956) Caution: some harsh and violent content
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J. Scott Featherstone:
Hallelujah: The Story of the Coming Forth of Handel’s Messiah (Glorious, Inspirational)
A Tale of Two Cities
MacBeth, Julius Caesar, etc.
For Adult Education
The Liberty Amendments
The Marketing of Evil
How Evil Works
Lt. General Ion Mihai Pacepa, and Professor Ronald J. Rychlak
Eye-opening. This book reveals a history of massive deception disseminated by leaders in the Soviet Empire, as they controlled news outlets during the Cold War. Many lies parroted in the mainstream news media are straight from the socialist disinformation strategy which is not only flourishing in the world today, but steadily increasing in power. ~C.D.