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Surviving Off Off-Grid: Decolonizing the Industrial Mind Paperback – February 15, 2011
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"...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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Now onto the meat and bones, he trains your mind to see the world differently. This isn't your typical rar macho man, gonna get the hunt on hur dur camp through winters of 20 below manual. This is not some blueprint for how to make it work, and the reasons why, as he explains in the book, is that everyone has different resources and comfort levels. This is a solid body of work to get you to think. It is a primer education on how to tailor your own life. It is so solid in it's educational value, I can't wait to make my children read it. He does sprinkle religion throughout the book after the hard core Bible banging beginning, but even I accept, without the need for Bible verses, that he is 100 percent correct in all that he states in relation as to what society was, is and can be.
Dragging through the first 50 pages is the hardest part. After that he goes on to explain in exquisite detail of what can be done, at all levels of off the grid survival. He makes off the grid obtainable in your mind and then pushes you even further out of your comfort zone to consider having no electricity or petroleum products...to really living completely grid free. It is a gentle and persistent nudge throughout the book, which others call redundant, but I find completes the work well. It reminds the readers ever of the core purpose and reason for going off the grid. It is written in a paternalistic style, but is gentle and unyielding in its manner. I found it reassuring and money saving actually! I am looking at trying a root cellar instead of a refrigerator that was propane ran, because of this book. It made me feel like I could make that jump and if I succeed, I will be saving untold thousands of dollars.
As an aside - I also ordered a paperback copy through the used book section of Amazon, throughGoodwill Industries. It arrived on time in near pristine condition. One corner of the paperback cover had been slightly turned at some point but not so much it affected the book itself, it simply has a tiny crease there. I would buy from Goodwill Industries again and again if they had more of the books I desire listed for sale. I have been a life-long fan of Good Will Industries. (Obviously, not all were purchased through Amazon, but as a resale establishment, Goodwill Industries has maintained a remarkable reputation. I scrutinize their bookshelves often, in person, near my home & hope they never stop allowing the resale of books. My mother used to fill our home with gently used books purchased at Goodwill Industries when I was growing up. I also look for them as a used book seller in Amazon as their reputation is exemplary.)
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.
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