The Practical Prepper and Ricocheting

I finally found it.

I’m going to let you into my brain just a little, but be careful because things tend to ricochet around in there quite a bit.  I read a lot, mostly non-fiction,  and so my brain is quite the repository of random bits of knowledge.   Sometimes it’s organized and other times there is no rhyme or reason to how all those bits are filed.

If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time you might have noticed how I jump around a bit in my posting…sometimes I start series’ with determination to finish the series in some semblance of order.  Most often one of those ‘ricochets’ happens and my brain jumps to another (more pressing in my mind) topic.  Now don’t worry,  the continuations of the series is still in there and will come out eventually.

One of the side effects of a RBS (Ricocheting Brain Syndrome) is that I start a ton of things but they seem to languish in the pile of good intentions or I’ll-get-to-that-someday.  You should see my sewing room.  I have a bunch of cloth diaper fabric cut out and ready to sew…and my baby is 9.

Pulling back the ricochet now…Anyway, I have a friend that wrote a book and asked if I’d review it and share my thoughts.  Of course I would.  I like my friends so I’m happy to do this kind of thing.  Here’s where all the stuff at the top of this post relates.  Most books I read spew forth a bunch of great info and at the time I read I think, ” That’s so cool, or clever, or needed and I should get right on that.”  But do I ever get ‘on that’ ?  Nope, not usually.  Well this one is different.

The book is called “The Practical Prepper”  by Kylene and Jonathan Jones and it’s FANTASTIC! (You can consider that Yelling if you like)   The reason it’s fantastic is not the content…now don’t get me wrong the content is engaging, well-researched and skillfully pulled together.  Most of the info was review for me but the way they present the info and THEN (here’s the AWESOME part) make you accountable with easy to follow action items is what sets this preparedness book apart from the rest.

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Each chapter is linked to a more info and action sheets on their website that will help us take the info we just read and put into action in our own homes.  We could take one chapter per week, read it and discuss it as a family and decide from there how we’d prepare in that area given what we just learned.

So much of Preparedness is a mindset.  A determination to make our way through whatever crisis we happen to face and come out the other side.  A couple of quotes from the book that illustrate this point are:

Resilient people recover more quickly than others from traumatic events. The ability to be resilient can be developed. They believe they can make a difference and influence events.  Resilient individuals find meaning or purpose in the craziness that life presents.  When bad things happen, they ask what they can learn from the event rather than why it happened.  This view cushions the shock of a disaster, makes dangers seem more manageable and improves performance.

and this one:

Make a decision that even if the world gets turned upside down, you are determined to thrive and you will find joy and peace in whatever life brings to your door.

I read it from front to back but the book is divided into chapters by topic so finding a particular area that you might need help in is easy.  The format seems to go through the different areas of preparedness in a logical order and covers everything from Emergency Family  Communication Plans to Sanitation to  Personal Defense.   I admit that I didn’t see Chapter 21 coming and it’s a topic that I hadn’t really considered much. It’s all about building a community within our neighborhood so we are prepared to work together when a disaster or crisis happens.

Make sure to read this one with a highlighter because there are sure to be many “A-ha, we need to do that” moments.  I’m so grateful that Kylene and Jonathan took the time to write this book.  Now I don’t have to 😉

The Practical Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies is available in paperback. I’m a dog-ear-the-corners, make-notes-in-the-margins sort of gal but if you are the swipe and swoop type, there is a Kindle version out there for you too.



What do you think?