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How to Survive When the Bottom Drops Out [Kindle Edition]

Jt Sather
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Book Description

There is a lot of discussion these days about whether or not the economy is improving. Here are two facts: The economy has been very, very bad and the only way it is going to improve for you is if you take control of your situation.

Jt Sather, author of How To Survive When the Bottom Drops Out, has ridden the economic roller coaster for twenty years. He's experienced the highs of a multi-million dollar construction business and the lows of squatting in a friend's foreclosed mansion. He doesn't base his future on Wall Street but on Main Street.

In his debut book, he tells the brutal truth, but with humor and hope; reviewers have described it as listening to a great storyteller share his life over a couple of beers. No matter where you are in the Economic Recovery, you'll find anecdotes and advice you can use today, tomorrow, and whenever the bottom drops out of your life.

A Message From the Author:

I'm not a psychologist, social worker, guru, nor mad genius (that last one's debatable.) I'm just a guy who has lived many lives, and learned how to enjoy them. This book was written for the purpose of entertainment with an enlightening undertone. What you take from it is entirely up to you. This is how I've survived the turbulence I've encountered throughout my flight, and the advice given is tongue in cheek, with some true heart sprinkled on top. If you love to love, and laugh, then you'll enjoy this read. The experiences you'll discover inside are my own, so don't you go judgin' me, now. Live your own life, and I'll offer you the same courtesy. I just want you to enjoy the days you have left on this rock, and wake up with a story now and then. If you don't have at least a few good ones, then what was the point? Here's how I did it, and will continue to do so, until I slide sideways and barrel roll into a casket.

November 14
Reviewed by Harold S. Riter
Employed at the Ontonagon Herald
....J.T. has written a semi-autobiographical story of his life’s experiences and how he has managed to survive them. In reading through the book, which is formatted somewhat like a manual; that is, a “how to do” book on living and surviving. The language, occasionally a bit salty, speaks to the common person about common things and most of the advice and self-help items could apply to living in a larger city, or in areas such as Ontonagon County.
In reading through this little book of 117 pages, it becomes clear that J.T. has lived not one, but several lives, and has no plans to quit at this point.
Some of the sage advice from J.T. and his life’s associates:
About life’s trials in general: “Not everyone is predestined to crash and burn, yet it doesn’t mean you can travel without uninsured motorist coverage.”
Regarding running a business: “Don’t worry about th details, just do the right thing, and the money will follow.”
On eating habits: “Beer may sustain some, but there are those poor weak souls that require supplements.”
This advice manual is arranged into helpful chapters with specific tips on how to survive and eventually recover from life crises that may occur. For example:
Chapter 2: The Assessment…that is, just how bad is your situation and what is left? Also what should you keep and what should you discard?
Chapter 3: Where Are You Going to Live?
Chapter 5: How Are You Going to Eat?
Chapter 9: How to Find Work
...The author has played the cards he has been dealt, and continues to do so. In conclusion, J.T.’s final word of advice is “Choose your battles wisely….nobody’s getting out of this life alive.”
J.T. Sather has lived the good life, and also had some real mishaps, some of which were self-induced. His philosophy to move on pervades this little book and his story could be something of an inspiration to many who find themselves in similar straits.

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About the Author

I'm just a guy like any other that's worked his fingers to the bone, only to end up with nothing anyway. I've had it all, and lost it all more than twice. I've had an interesting journey to the center of this reality.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2839 KB
  • Print Length: 119 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479152250
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Inknbeans Press (February 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse into a man's soul August 27, 2012
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My only complaint about this humble and hilarious book is that it was over too quickly! I want more!!! The author writes with ease and as a result, this book is an effortless read. J.T. takes the time to define some key words in each chapter; he includes the webster's definition and his interpretation on the matter, which made me laugh-out-loud more than once!

J.T. writes like he is telling a story to his grandson. It makes you feel like he is telling you his secrets because he wants you to enjoy every moment you have on this earth! This book grounded me and made me realize how precious the little things are. I found myself shocked that someone could keep such a positive outlook on things when the bottom was literally crumbling all around him. I finished the book over a week ago and I keep thinking about it. I guess it gave me a new appreciation for my life and the blessings I have.

J.T. lets his beautiful soul shine through the pages of this book. He has a heart of gold and has found the meaning of life. I will be watching for the next book by this author! I hope he decides to write a collection of stories because when he writes them, I felt like I was experiencing it right there with him!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...and keep spirits high July 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
For some reason I was afraid this book would be another self-recovery manual. To my great relief I read words that were straightforward, passionate..., with conviction and hope for the reader.
Though the subject deals with recovering mainly from financial dire straits, I am convinced that it also applies to social and psychological difficulties. In this aspect, the book is useful in most of the world.
"Move Out Of State" is a chapter that really means change your surrounding habitat. Though, in a small country such as mine - Panama - this might prove difficult.
My favourite chapter: "Get out of house..." and listen to music... This I would follow by
"Live'... without' making an ass out of yourself". Especially when in hot waters, I would add.
I do have a question, is the need for beer a US thing? A continuous message: Search for the ups not the downs! I liked it!
Even if you are living successfully right now, this book has some great tips to keep you prepared... just in case.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick Off Your Shoes and Deal With It September 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to admit I was drawn to the story by the sight of a shoe with a glass in it. To me it said spontaneous release and freedom, like when you are walking on a beach or any sensible place and then you see a chance for a break from routine. Quick toss of shoe and jump right in.

That is the impression I am left with after reading How to Survive When the Bottom Drops Out. J. T. Sather gives advice with the casualness of practically saying 'take my experienced words to heart or go live your own life'. I like the way he was able to find a treasured working moment in every situation that afforded him some resemblence of success. Even when he was an utter failure, there was still a bit of success.

I was really tickled with all of the snips of definitions thrown into the beginning or end of the paragraphs,appearing at just the moment your mind forms the question, what?
There are a mountain of emotions to scale when reading this book and you go through them so quickly, I just felt as if I were sitting in the company of a friend or family member regaling me with his adventures.There are so many parts in the book where you have to chuckle or just shake your head. My favorite part, 'Limit the BS Around You.' Awesome advice in there. My second, watching out for those smooth dancers. Lol
All in all, I recommend When the Bottom Falls Out.
*I received this as a free book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
JT Sather has produced a book for our times. With the way the government is imploding and the middle class is now a dinosaur memory, everyone is facing downsizing to survive. JT Sather has ‘downsized’ many times – and actually ‘had the rug pulled out form under him’ is a better description – that he has the experience to write to us, his fellow teetering friends, with some sound advice on how to survive this altering living situation we face. He states, ‘This is how I've survived the turbulence I've encountered throughout my flight, and the advice given is tongue in cheek, with some true heart sprinkled on top. If you love to love, and laugh, then you'll enjoy this read.’ And enjoy it you will, for this is some of the most hilarious contemporary philosophy to drop out of the sky since the Beat Generation.

Think you have it bad? JT Sather has had it worse, living high then Pow! everything is gone – wife, house, car, furniture, belongings, money, food – and where do you go from there. That is what this book is about – how to survive. “There’s always going to be some degree of bovine fecal matter in your life. It’s inescapable. The best you can shoot for is to limit it to the smallest possible pie. Your brain will thank you for it. If, for some reason, you find yourself happy floating around in it, then I’ll digress. There are those who feed off of it. Personally, I frown on picking it out of my teeth.’ That is the style of his writing and it is intoxicatingly humorous.

JT Sather explains through the immensely readable chapters (language is a but raw at times – it fits!
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4.0 out of 5 stars When the chips are down...
A fun read. Slather writes of his personal experiences and gives advice on what to do when the chips are down. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable,fun read
No reason I picked this book...did a preview and thought "pretty funny" stuff, so purchased...PS...I have read 100s of books on my kindle and have only purchased three,besides this... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read !!
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I found this book to be an entertaining look at a former student. He says it was 30 years ago, but that must be wrong. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Peg Joachim
3.0 out of 5 stars Hang out with JT Sather for a while
Use Amazon's "Look Inside" to read the first part of this book. The rest of the book is of similar tone, but with more wild stories and less real advice. Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. MacPhail
4.0 out of 5 stars Self Help With a Difference
Let me first get the negative out of the way. I'll say one word: editing. And pretty much leave it at that, because that one aspect is the only real impediment to the enjoyment of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by David Antrobus
5.0 out of 5 stars Never read a book quite like it!
For starters, if you think you're having a bad day, read this book. I can't personally relate to most of the experiences in this book but the Author is extremely honest &... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kug
3.0 out of 5 stars Bottom for sure
I liked the first part of your book it was very clever. It seems as though you have made a history of hitting bottoms, that was the part I didn't like, to continually be working... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Laverne Mordus
5.0 out of 5 stars Some heavy subjects with a light touch!!!
If anything, this book is a stress release. It made me laugh all the way through. At times the authors advice makes me want to run for the hills but everyone is entitled to his/her... Read more
Published 14 months ago by brenda
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable book :o)
I don't often write book reviews but I did enjoy this book a great deal and thought it warrented a few words. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robbo
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More About the Author

I'm your next door neighbor. I'm the guy that you just passed on the highway. I've worked construction for most of my adult life, and I did pretty good at it for decades. When the economy crashed and burnt, I found myself with nothing but time on my hands, and a pocket full of lint, so I begain to write. It's been said many times by my friends and family that I need to write a book. I've had more than my share of adventures over the years, and this seemed like the right time to put some of them down. Those that have read this book have said that I must have lived multiple lives. If they only know that this isn't even the half of it. I'm not finished with just one book, as I'm far from finished living. I like to live my life to the absolute fullest, and I hope for nothing but the same for you. Life is what you make of it, so make it what you want, not what you were told to. At the end of it all, you'd better have some damn good stories to tell, or what was the point?

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