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Surviving Off Off-Grid: Decolonizing the Industrial Mind Paperback – February 15, 2011
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"...what I read was well-written, engaging, informational, and inspiring..." --Playing In The Dirt Blog
"...no 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
"Michael Bunker is not anti-technology and he is not a Luddite... he dares to question whether modern conveniences are necessary, and he's quick to name the cost of dependence: slavery." --Gnowfglins.com
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, "Modern Religious Idols" is now available on Kindle and in Paperback. MRI follows up on Michael's national bestseller "Surviving Off Off-Grid" which went to #26 on the Amazon.com Bestseller list, and to #2 on the "Movers and Shakers" list. Michael is currently working on several other projects, including a a fiction novel, The Last Pilgrims based on the philosophy Michael taught in Surviving Off Off-Grid. Check out lastpilgrims.com to read the early chapters of the novel. Michael interacts with his readers at facebook.com/michaelbunker, and can be heard twice a week on his BlogTalkRadio show at blogtalkradio.com/michaelbunker.
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I've read this book 3 times now, my wife, kids and friends have read it and I must say--it changes your thinking PROCESS forever.
You'll notice things, trends, habits, where you might be stuck or overly dependent on society or where you lack in your own judgements.
All I can say is, read this with an open mind, focused on wanting to improve your own personal and family independence and you'll get the most out of what Michael Bunker is trying to say. What you DO with this knowledge is totally up to you and I suggest that you take this at your owen speed.
As for myself and my family, we started learning more skills--making more foods at home and in just a year, we were more independent and actually trading goods with farmers in our area! Mind-blowing how confident we feel and it's been a catapult into advanced learning and focus to be far more self-reliant than ever before.
Cannot recommend this book enough!
THANK you, Mr. Bunker.
You have done a great service to my family, myself and everyone I know who has read this book (dozens of families).
Mr. Bunker is a Christian agrarian so there's plenty of Biblical talk and references (and I'm all for that btw) but even the most adamant agnostic will learn greatly from it. Actually, this could be THE BEST low impact guide for my hippie-liberal-tree hugging-anti-God friends of mine. What I label as using God's grand design to live well, they could see as "a low impact method of living as one with nature."
Mr. Bunker explains this book as more of a "how to think" book then a "how to" book, but his historical info on root cellars, ice houses, food preservation, etc. will give you all of the necessary knowledge for living well without modern conveniences.
One of my big questions had always been on how to live without air conditioning. He goes through the history starting with the Romans and up through America's pre-industrial modern age to describe their design techniques and methods for staying comfortable.
My next step is to go back and re-read it and make highlights and notes for future reference... And I'll do that after I read a bit of his fictional writings.
Mr. Bunker begins with a superb chapter showing how all great, wealthy, urbanized, specialized societies eventually collapse. Mr. Bunker believes that this is do to their rebellion against the simple way of life depicted (and commanded) in the Bible. The men who settled America, fought the American Revolution, and fought Northern aggression during the War Between the States were, in general, a God fearing agrarian people.
Mr. Bunker advocates a voluntary return to an agrarian lifestyle, which means a simple lifestyle lived on the land where one grows most of their own food and provides their own water and heat source. Electricity is not required in Bunker's world, just as it was not in the world of our forefathers. Bunker does not condemn those who have a generator or solar power; however, he does condemn relying upon the power grid for one's lifestyle and also against making a god of our physical comfort. Some of this was familiar to me; for example, I have always lived in the country and have never lived in a house without a wood stove as the main source of heat. However, I have always relied upon electricity (a freezer) to store meat. I have never lived without electric lights, even though my mother did as a child, a survived it just fine.
This book has made me seriously rethink how I live, and how I shall live in the future. Most Americans worship wealth, material goods, and entertainment. I have been philosophically on my out of that system for a decade because of my political views and my love for America's founding generation. What I had missed was my desire to recreate the modern industrialized, grid power and water lifestyle in an "survival setting". This is usually impossible, always expensive when possible, and completely unnecessary. Living more simple like my agrarian ancestors, perhaps without electricity, is now one of my life goals. Make no mistake, neither Michael Bunker or I are a tree hugging, nature worshipping, Greenpeace type hippy. Bunker is a conservative, Sovereign Grace, Christian who loves the ways of America's founders and limited government. I am a conservative Christian of basically Baptist doctrine who values: the U.S. Constitution, America's Founding Fathers, and my European American heritage. Surviving Off Off-Grid is a call back to America's Godly past of freedom and self reliance.
This is a great book to help you rethink your present course in life. I wish that I would have found it earlier. While I appreciated Bunker's references to Scripture and Biblical principles, Non-Christians will not like this book. Overall, this is a great book that I have mentioned to several friends and family members, all of whom are (regrettably) still in love with the present world system.
I definitely recommend this book. If you have any Christian tendencies whatsoever you need to read this. If you have any desire to subsistence farm you need to read this. Whatever you do... read this book.