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"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
"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
"...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
About the Author
- ASIN : B004P1JNC6
- Publisher : Refugio Publishing; 1st edition (February 22, 2011)
- Publication date : February 22, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 864 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #590,740 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I agree with the author's premise that a truly resilient homestead will only be possible if it can operate without outside inputs of energy. I've been operating our homestead as if all electrical devices will no longer function for one reason or another. We do use self generated power to operate a refrigerator, freezer, computers and other luxuries, as does the author. We have multiple sources of clean water. We use a smoke house and root cellar to store large amounts of harvested food. I am rather discomfited to say that other than agreeing with the author that we'd better plan for the worst case scenario, I didn't get new information.
I am a deeply spiritual man and I take offense at the author's repetitive religious dogma. I respect his beliefs but certainly didn't expect to pay for it. My suggestion is to save your money and just do your own research on the old ways, there's far more information on living without off site generated power.
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.)
He claims this is not a how-to book but is a how to think book. Problem is the thinking is all wrong. Skip this book if you want to learn how to live off grid.
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Unfortunately, a large number of people will not progress beyond his Christian Fundamentalist position and that is a shame.
Enough criticism. Bible or no Bible, the observations, philosophy and argument behind Surviving Off Off-Grid are rock solid and I have learned a great deal from this book. As a long-time proponent of off-grid power and water and an aspiring smallholder I have been forced to question many of the models and assumptions on which I had based my plans. Suffice to say that the majority of them have not survived this exercise. On the plus side, the fledgling strategies that are developing to replace them are not only cheaper to implement but also far more likely to succeed.
I share with the author a belief that the system in which we live is already in a state of collapse. With more than 99% of Westerners totally dependent on its JIT supply chain and piped-in utilities, system failure promises a horrible future for all but the most prepared. Michael rightly points out the delusion of those planning to `weather the storm' and wait for the system to come back on line. He uses history to illustrate the fallacy of this position and also the speed and depth of the catastrophe likely to result from system collapse.
The question for the reader is how to use this insight.
The book is in part a commentary on the problems that arise from dependence on utilities particularly electrical but also the crippling effect on the person of debt and the consumer culture. It also highlights that debt can also take the form of regular outgoings that have to be paid for as well as what my typically be viewed as debt.
When it addresses the practical issues around going off grid, it becomes more of an overview, raising issues but not overly specific. That said some of the projects and subjects described justify a book alone and one fault of the book is how much I was left wanting to know more about a lot of what the author was describing.
As a Christian I was challenged by the philosophy espoused but more in a thought provoking way than turned off. The author clearly is passionate about his beliefs and they are deeply woven throughout the book. I think even a reader without a faith based perspective on the issues it addresses would find much to consider even if they rejected the religious message. The religious element is quite heavily addressed.
This book really made me think about my lifestyle.
If you know that there is something wrong with this life, then buy it now!
It will tell you things you don't want to hear, but it's based on truthful history, it will show you a way that is closer to what God had planned for all of us. It won't be easy, but it will be a better way to live and love.