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"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"... --SiffordSojournal.com

"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" --NourishingDays.com

"...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

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Refugio Publishing (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615447902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615447902
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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. That said, if you can look past the religious parts, he opens up an entire new world view to an open minded reader. The world view of someone that sees things through history...if someone lived for the past 300 years, they might have the same opinions. It was like listening to a very old wise man that is humble enough to admit his failings.

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.
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