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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.

Editorial Reviews


"...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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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165 of 191 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
You've probably read plenty of books that tell you how to survive off the grid. This book doesn't have a misprint in the title. It teaches you why you should be getting on with surviving off "off-grid". In other words, a whole lot less dependant. Off-grid living focuses on such things as using technology to produce electricity (perhaps wind or photovoltaic cells) Off-off-grid living would pose the question "How can I thrive without electricity?". This book doesn't describe the backwoodsman skills you might employ to eke out an existence as a hunter gatherer. Rather, it lays out a belief system that is as old as humankind, but largely forgotton in the western world of grid-connected luxury.

The belief system you will be introduced to as you read is the basis for all planning, designing and action contained in the book. So, while it's chock full of excellent examples and suggestions about HOW to go about becoming more self reliant, once you understand WHY it is so important and natural to do so, you will be on your own exciting journey into actually living it!

Michael Bunker is a colourful character. He's like John Wayne, John Calvin, Grizzly Adams and Thomas Cromwell rolled into one Texas-sized individual. Bunker doesn't pull his punches and this book is written in a direct and forceful manner. You can tell it has the ring of authenticity that comes from someone who genuinely practices what he preaches. Bunker lives in an Agrarian community in central Texas with his family and they largely produce what they need there. This book is a distillation of his learnings, mistakes and successes and has been literally field-tested for years prior to making it into print.

So, if you want a book that thinks survival is all "Check out my cool bunker!
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70 of 88 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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34 of 42 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. an easy read. Arrived quickly. would order again.
Published 8 days ago by Travis
5.0 out of 5 stars For the patient and open minded only, but well worth the money
As a Pagan, the first 50 pages or so were hard to get through. It read like a religious explanation from an Amish or Brethren man as to why electricity is sinful. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Dody Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful history lesson on how to live well and prosper off-grid...
I just finished reading "Surviving Off Off-Grid" by Michael Bunker which is funny in a way since I had originally purchased it in Sept. of 2011. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Hazeman
1.0 out of 5 stars Get to the point already
I borrowed this from the Library and tried very hard to get through it. I consider it a miracle that I made it to page 150. His writing style is just sooo boring!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Different, Goes for Total Independence
Don't misread the title. This is about going beyond what people say when they mean "off grid". Read more
Published 3 months ago by TD
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read.
Very interesting and thoughtful. Learned some things!
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Our reliance is on G-d for all things
The message of our dependence on G-d
for all our needs is clear. Excellent book!
Published 4 months ago by Davidmichael Boyer
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible book!
This book brought to life many things I have been struggling with in my life. Recently, I attempted to move back home to where my ancestors were raised - with disastrous results. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Camille
4.0 out of 5 stars things that make you go hmmmmm...
It's worth the read and will make you think. Is it a resolution for the general dissatisfaction with modern urban life? One of the things I'm thinking about....
Published 5 months ago by Russ Casenhiser
1.0 out of 5 stars Should be clearly advertised as a religious book
I had hoped for more, as this book was so highly praised by the author of "Vanabode". The book starts out as an intelligent and promising parallel of our modern... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hastezini
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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 is widely considered the "father" of the Amish/Scifi genre, and 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 program to write the first 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. Michael has been featured on NPR and HuffPost Live 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. There are more than 20 authors currently 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) 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 launches with a free teaser novel on November 28th (Nick Cole's - The Red King) and will be launching five full novels in the AW world on the same day - February 23rd, 2015, followed by new AW books every month after that. Michael Bunker and Nick Cole are writing the apocalyptic novel DIGGER as part of the Apocalypse Weird world. Look for Digger on 2/23/2105!

Readers who subscribe to Michael's newsletter get free copies of his books, usually before they're published:

If you are not familiar with Michael's work, definitely start with The Pennsylvania Omnibus! Amish-Scifi! Unless, of course, you are a huge Kurt Vonnegut fan, then start with Osage Two Diamonds ;) The first part of Pennsylvania is always free when you sign up for Michael's email newsletter.

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