Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Survival Mom -- book review

Today is an exciting day -- it's the release date of Survival Mom Lisa Bedford's new book, appropriately entitled Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios.

Lisa and I have been cyber-buddies for about a year, and I was happy to receive an advanced copy of her book with an eye toward doing a review of it. Well oh my goodness, it eclipsed all my expectations -- it's an invaluable reference. I've used it as such during my own writing.

The nice thing about Lisa's writing is she focuses on ordinary folks. Suburbia. Families. Just plain people. You know, the ones who are struggling in a hard economy, who don't have tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend on underground bunkers, who have kids in school and a drawer-ful of unpaid bills. In other words, she's one of us.

Her book covers all the facets necessary to help ordinary people prepare for hard times, whether those hard times are economic, natural disasters, or other difficulties. Her writing is folksy, humorous, down-to-earth, practical, and above all useful.

She also doesn't pull any punches about the tendency to deny reality -- or as she so succinctly puts it, it's time to put on the big-girl panties and face facts.

Her book is a wonderful blend of the serious and practical, but written with warmth and humor. She interviews people who have survived difficulties -- natural disasters, home invasions, job loss, etc. In all cases, these anecdotes illustrate one single unifying factor: prepared people are far more likely to survive than unprepared people.

If you want a one-stop guide for preparing, get Lisa's book. You won't be disappointed.


  1. I'll lok for it the next time I'm at Barnes and nobles.

  2. How exciting a new good book!! Thanks for the review, I love the survival moms blog.

  3. I've been reading Survival Mom since she started her blog. It's one of my favorites (besides yours of course). I love the book cover, but she should have included a baby bottle in that tool belt. It would have more exactly portrayed the MOM aspect. This is a book I will buy.