31 Days to Survival was published in March of 2012. It was written by M. D. Creekmore. Creekmore is a full-time blogger who previously wrote the book “Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat.” 31 Days focuses on strategies for handling short-term disaster situations, as well as longer term scenarios.
As its name implies, it’s designed to be read over the course of one month. While it has a total of 158 pages, many of the chapters are as short as four pages in length. Even with a full-time job and other responsibilities, the design of this book will allow you to get through a chapter a day.
Some of the topics covered throughout the course of the book are assessing skills, finding proper storage, building a solar cooker, how to go shopping for supplies, getting organized, learning how to make different kinds of seeds grow, purifying water, catching small game and being able to cook with just a Thermos bottle. The author also shares fourteen of the most important lessons that he’s learned about survival.
Is This Book Worth Reading?
For most people, absolutely! Not surprisingly, if you spend enough time using Google and bookmarking pages, you can probably find most of this information. However, the big advantage of the book is not only does it do a great job of organizing all of this valuable information, but it also breaks it down into manageable chunks. One of the biggest obstacles faced by people new to the survival world is figuring out where to start. If you’re a newbie, while you’re probably very eager to learn, the sheer amount of information that’s available can be overwhelming. And as with most things in life, if you start to feel overwhelmed by all of this information, it’s going to prevent you from getting on the right track.
As previously discussed, the book is 158 pages in length. While that may not seem like much, the reason it’s actually ideal is because it allows you to stick to the schedule of reading a chapter a day and then taking action based on the information that you just read. Since survival boils down to taking action, gaining this experience is much more valuable than trying to absorb hundreds of pages of information before actually trying anything in real life.
Another strength of this book is that it’s applicable to people in just about any financial situation. Whether you’re on a tight budget or have saved up a nice chunk of change to apply towards prepping for survival, you can take what you learn in this book and apply it accordingly.
While the book would likely be a bit too basic for survival experts, even those with intermediate skills and knowledge will likely find some very useful information in this book.
Robert Slowalski is a freelance blogger, survivalist and prepper who writes about the importance of gun cleaner and lubricant as well as many other “end of times” survival tactics and tips.
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