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Surviving Off Off-Grid [Kindle Edition]

Michael Bunker
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Book Description

Western Society is in confusion, the industrial world is teetering on collapse, and it looks like things could get worse. Agrarian Blogger, historian, and "plain" preacher Michael Bunker has been living off of the grid for many years, and he has some advice for those living in the industrial/consumerist economy …living an off off-grid life is achievable. It has been done for thousands of years, and it can be done today... It is quite possible that many people who have relied on a failing system for their means of survival will very soon find that they have made a mistake of historic proportions. Historic, because every major "classical" culture went down the same road our society is on today. This book is about the lessons we should have learned, and what you can do to survive what history tells us must come next.

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"...well-written, engaging, informational, and inspiring..." --Playing In The Dirt blog

"I find this book to be one of the most profound books I've read in quite some time. It may even be the most relevant (and challenging) book of 2011 with all that is going on economically and politically"

"Do you consider yourself a preparedness person? You need to read this book. Has your financial situation only become worse over time, and are you in debt? You need to read this book..."

" one else I know of is saying... the things Michael Bunker is saying in this book. It is an incredibly thought provoking read... what he is saying is not only contra-mundum, it's right on" --Herrick Kimball, The Deliberate Agrarian

About the Author

Michael Bunker is an off-grid farmer, author, historian, philosopher, iconoclast, husband, and father of four living children. He lives with his family in a "plain" Christian Community in Central Texas where he reads and writes books... and occasionally tilts at windmills. Michael's latest work, the fiction novel "W1CK" debuts in Paperback on January 18th.  His fiction book "The Last Pilgrims" is also now available on  "Surviving Off Off-Grid" went to #26 on the Bestseller list, and to #2 on the "Movers and Shakers" list. Michael interacts with his readers at, and can be heard twice a week on his BlogTalkRadio show at

Product Details

  • File Size: 550 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Refugio Publishing; 1 edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P1JNC6
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,299 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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75 of 93 people found the following review helpful
I stumbled upon this book in my research for "prepping" and "survival" information which I have been actively pursuing over the last year. I read most of the reviews both positive and negative and decided it was worth the money, because even the negative reviews didn't say the information was useless, only that the reviewer didn't agree with the conclusions/or philosophy of the author. After finishing the book, I can honestly say it WAS worth the money. The book completely challenged the most basic assumptions and beliefs about life and sustaining life in the future. This understanding is the primary piece of the "survival/prepping" paradigm puzzle that I was missing and had given me so much trouble. Trying to balance living in a modern world, preparing for the worst, and then guessing how long the disruptions would last ultimately increased my stress levels, lack of confidence, and led me to institute many incorrect "survival" systems that are actually unnecessary if your fundamental understanding of the world and your place in it is congruent with the actual reality present. Not only does this book challenge the reader, but it almost seemed as if the author was sitting right next to me answering the questions that popped into my head during that given section. Obviously, the author has spent numerous quality hours researching and structuring the material in a way to try to anticipate any questions the reader has while balancing the presentation of the information as to not scare off or offend any not so open-mined persons or individuals that have never been presented a philosophy in this way. This book is for every human being alive on this earth, whether you end up agreeing completely with this author's conclusions or not. No matter what, it will expand your thought process and require you to at least defend your personal philosophy against a plethora of information presented. Enjoy.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How far we've fallen... March 5, 2011
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This book on some levels broke my heart. How far we've fallen as a people from personal independence and strength to selling ourselves willingly into bondage for garbage goods, services and ideas. Michael Bunker does an incredible job illustrating how we went down this road to dependence on things that were supposed to "save time" for us. This quote gives a taste: "However, it is notable that, prior to the advent of grid power, the people could only be subjugated by military power, or by the persuasive power of philosophy or religion. Historically, coercion had to come from outside the individual person, group, or society. It was readily identifiable. If people were slaves, they were slaves to superior might. They could see their chains." Until I finished this book I did not realize how profoundly heavy the chains that I willingly used to bind myself to slavery in the worldy system were until I could feel them pulling me down. Once you become aware of them, can "see" them you'll never be able to go back. I've been a survivalist, a "prepper" for a long time, thinking I could buy enough goods to get me over the hump of TSHTF and then just "start growing things" once the worst was over. What a dead end trap that is, and this book helped me see that. You can't "buy" your way into survival, it's a foolish idea. It's no secret to all of us that our lives are about to change beyond recognizing, that's why we are all searching for a way out. This book is a giant first step for those that don't know where to get started, as the author delves into the most important part of making a change: getting your MIND in the right place. Read more ›
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The "key" is missing June 6, 2011
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First, a little about my background: I was born and raised off-the-grid before there even WAS a grid in my area. A 20'x20' 200 year old log cabin on 86 acres of farm, field and forest was my home. We had "4 rooms and a path". There was a dirt cellar under the cabin, a root cellar, a spring house, smoke house, hog barn, chicken house, calf pen and the main (cattle and horse) barn where we also stored our hay and other animal feeds. We had an extensive garden, orchards, small vineyard and raspberry patch. We gathered wild strawberries and sometimes 'harvested' wild game. Our friends and neighbors also homesteaded much as we did, but there was no "agrarian separatist community". None was needed. Christian or non-Christian, we were just always 'there' for each other. Since then in my adult years I have spent the last 18 years living totally off-the-grid, and I loved it! However, I moved from AZ high desert to the mid-west last June to be near family. Even though I am currently somewhat dependent on the grid, I am getting away from any dependence on the entire "system" as fast as possible - no excuses. If the world as we know it implodes in my lifetime (I'm 70) perhaps I'll be able to help family and others to adapt and make the paradigm shift necessary to not only exist, but to live a truly fruitful and fulfilling life.
I came to Christ while in college - and here is where I believe Mr. Bunker is missing the key. Being an Agrarian Separatist does not (cannot) "save" you. Without Jesus Christ as the LORD and Savior of one's life this philosophy alone will cause one to spend eternity apart from God just the same as will anyone else who has not received His gracious and merciful provision for the forgiveness of sin - which we all need.
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More About the Author

Michael Bunker is a USA Today Bestselling author, off-gridder, husband, and father of four children. He lives with his family in a "plain" community in Central Texas, where he reads and writes books...and occasionally tilts at windmills.

Michael has been called the "father" of the Amish/Scifi genre but that isn't all that he writes. He is the author of several popular and acclaimed works of dystopian sci-fi, including the Amazon top 20 bestselling Amish Sci-fi thriller the Pennsylvania Omnibus, the groundbreaking dystopian vision Hugh Howey called "a brilliant tale of extra-planetary colonization." He also has written the epic post-apocalyptic WICK series, The Silo Archipelago (set in Hugh Howey's World of WOOL,) as well as many nonfiction works, including the non-fiction Amazon overall top 30 bestseller Surviving Off Off-Grid. Michael was commissioned by through their Kindle Worlds and Kindle Serials programs to write the first ever commissioned novel set in the World of Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle. That book is entitled Osage Two Diamonds, and it debuted on Dec. 17, 2013.

In late April of 2015, Michael released his novel Brother, Frankenstein to fantastic reviews.

Michael has been featured on NPR, HuffPost Live, and and was recently interviewed in a article that will give you more background and insight into his life and works...

On November 21st, 2014 Tales From Pennsylvania, a fanfic short story anthology featuring 10 top speculative fiction authors writing fanfic short stories in the world of Michael Bunker's Pennsylvania, was released in paperback and e-book format. More than twenty authors have been (or will be) writing fanfic in the world of MB's Pennsylvania.

Michael recently joined with hybrid bestselling author Nick Cole (author of The Wasteland Saga and Soda Pop Soldier,) Social Media whiz Rob Mclellan of, and book marketing guru and coach Tim Grahl (author of Your First 1,000 Copies) to form a new company called Wonderment Media. Wonderment is launching a new apocalyptic world called Apocalypse Weird and is bringing on dozens of the best and brightest authors in speculative fiction to write books in the Apocalypse Weird world. Attempting something that has never been done before in digital publishing, AW launched with a free teaser novel on November 28th of 2014 (Nick Cole's - The Red King) and launched five full novels in the AW world on the same day - February 23rd, 2015. AW now publishes two new AW books every month. Michael Bunker and Nick Cole wrote the apocalyptic novel TEXOCALYPSE NOW as part of the Apocalypse Weird world.

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