Joey’s Book Club

Here are some books I recommend to help you better understand violence, training, mindset, health, philosophy, and life in general. These books have impacted my ways of thinking and life dramatically. I want to share them with you as I come across them! If you have suggestions please leave them in the comments or email me [email protected] – I’d love to chat about books!

Books On Krav Maga, Self Defense, Violence:

Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence

This one is an amazing look into the phycology of training for real life situations and what the reality is. They do not promote Krav Maga directly but it’s a great book that will give you insight to how, why, and what happens in fighting. A must read for anyone taking Self Defense seriously.

Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected

Same as above but more detailed on specifics on what to do and how to understand violent encounters. Must read for all MA instructors.

On Combat, The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace

This book is a brick. It’s huge! But it’s also one of the most insightful books on violence and what happens in your mind before, during, and after a real life situation. If you have the time and willingness to jump into this book you will get a lot out of it!

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

The movie was crazy fun to watch but only had a small fraction of what went on. I read this book then got to hear Marcus actually tell the story in person. Then I got to hang out and chat with him for a while. This book is a must read. It shaped my life and how I view war and combat.  

Books On life, philosophy, and how to live happier:

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

This book doesn’t have self defense principles but one that I have found to be a major life changing approach to how to deal with situations. It’s probably one of my absolute favorite books and the one I give out as a gift the most. It doesn’t directly deal with fighting or self defense but the principles in the book will help you better overcome bad situations.

Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived

MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage

The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith

Fight Club: A Novel

MUCH better then the movie. Even though it’s hard to say that with Mr. Pit and Norton. But whats cool about the book is that you can picture them as the characters 😉 But this book is a short and awesome book to read. Check it out!

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

This book was a game changer for me. If you are a your own boss or work for someone else this is a book that can help you maximize your output per hour so you have more money and time to live a fun life. Tim is a great thinker and brings a lot of different inside to how to live a fuller life. The title is a little misleading.. He isn’t proposing you only work for 4 hours a week. It’s about really getting max output in less time. You should probably read this book.


Books on Health:

The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest

The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

Do I need a lot of explanation? haha.. this book is the size of a bible and has loads on info on how to lose weight and perform better then top athletes. A GREAT read. Even though it’s huge it’s a pick-your-own adventure layout. So you only read the chapters to what you want to accomplish.

Books for Growing My Businesses:

Badass: Making Users Awesome
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World
Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging
Step 2: You Have Your Idea – Now What?: 5 Simple Steps to Start Your Business
The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users
The Ultimate Sales Machine: Turbocharge Your Business with Relentless Focus on 12 Key Strategies
Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

Fictional Fun Books:

American Assassin: A Thriller

Killing Floor (Jack Reacher)

Day by Day Armageddon

Such a fun fiction book! If you like walking dead or other zombie themed books this is a great read. Really great wriring that leaves you on the edge after every chapter!


Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials)
A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life
Meditations: A New Translation