Prepper Book Festival 13: The Made From Scratch Life + Giveaway

Made From Scratch Life | Backdoor Survival

Something happened in the fifties and it was not good.  With the advent of mainstream television, homemakers learned about ready to eat foods and convenience products designed to make their lives easier.  It made no matter that many of these products, ranging from TV dinners to laundry and cleaning products, were toxic brews of preservatives and chemicals.

Although I have always been inclined to cook from scratch, make my own cleaning supplies, and embrace the proverbial do-it-yourself mentality, it wasn’t until one year ago, almost to the date, that I stopped supporting the big corporations and Madison avenue that were pushing unhealthy products my way. 

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Prepper Book Festival #13: Books to Help You Prepare

Prepper Book Festival 13: Books to Help You Prepare | Backdoor Survival

As recently as last week, someone mentioned he hated the term “prepping”.  To him, “prepper” was a fancy word for survivalist.  Prepper or survivalist is not an argument I want to engage in.  By my own definition, prepping is simply short for preparing, and a prepper is someone who prepares.

The real question is this: What are you preparing for?  This is something you should be asking yourself and revisiting from time to time as circumstances change.  Simply put, the specifics of why you prepare are highly individualized and can depend upon on where you live, your family situation, economic and political factors, and your view of the world.

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Prepper Book Festival 12: Prepper’s Armed Defense

Preppers Armed Defense | Backdoor Survival

Anyone who is serious abut prepping has considered their options for armed defense.  They have tried to examine the pros and cons of both lethal and non-lethal weapons and have tried to come up with the best solution for their own situation.  More often than not, they have come away with misguided decisions due to not fully understanding what their weapon of choice could or could not do and legal ramifications thereof.

It is for those reasons that I am proud to introduce you to Jim Cobb’s latest book, Preppers Armed Defense

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Prepper Book Festival 12: Mother Earth News Almanac + Giveaway

Mother Earth News Almanac | Backdoor Survival

It took just a single Mother Earth News Fair to turn me into a devoted Mother Earth News groupie.  Although I don’t have a large plot of land and chickens to tend, I can spend hours browsing the wide variety of articles on the Mother Earth News website.  I love the old time wisdom salted with inspiration and modern-day solutions to everyday life.

With that introduction, I am thrilled to introduce you to the all-new, 2016 edition of the Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons.  

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Prepper Book Festival 12: Mason Jar Nation + Giveaway

Mason Jar Nation | Backdoor Survival

If there were such a thing as a 12 point program for Mason jar addicts, I would be a card carrying member.  I adore Mason jars and use them to store bulk foods in the pantry, craft supplies in the closet, and frozen goods in the freezer.  Because of my love for Mason jars, they are being carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and packed away in boxes so they make the big move I have coming up this Fall.

So, imagine my surprise and delight when I was offered an opportunity to include a book about Mason jars in a Prepper book festival. 

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Prepper Book Festival 12: Alcohol Mantle Lamps

Alcohol Mantle Lamps | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to emergency lighting, I am the first to raise my hand to try out the newest and bestest lighting gizmo out there.  It is not that I am a gizmo-junkie but rather I don’t like pitch black darkness.  As a result, I have tried to learn as much as I can about emergency lighting and who better to learn from than my pal Ron Brown, author of the The Non-Electric Light Series of books and e-books.

Today I introduce Book 8, Alcohol Mantle Lamps

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Prepper Book Festival 12: Coloring Flower Mandalas

Coloring Flower Mandalas | Backdoor Survival

Taking a break from your preps is something we all need to do from time to time and what better way than to immerse yourself in a calming and relaxing hobby.  This time around, I am not going to tell you to go camping like I did early this week.  Instead I am going to ask you to break out the coloring books and start coloring.

To help me twist your arm a bit, I have asked artist Wendy Piersall to join us in a Prepper Book Festival.  

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Prepper Book Festival 12: Be Your Own Herbalist

Be Your Own Herbalist | Backdoor Survival

How much do you know about herbal medicine?  Or perhaps more important, how much do you know about becoming your own herbalist?  You might be asking, “what is an herbalist”?  An herbalist is someone who is proficient in the use of herbs.  As simplistic as that seems, if you are like me you have read books, studied and grown herbs, and then, with the exception of a few select plants, filed this herbal knowledge away for sometime down the road.

That needs to change. 

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Prepper Book Festival 12: DIY Solar Projects

DIY Solar Projects | Backdoor Survival

Dozens of readers have asked about DIY solar projects and until now, I have had very little to offer.  That has changed. As you will see below, the latest entry in the Prepper Book Festival is flat out fantastic.

DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home by Eric Smith is a full-color DIY book with lots of pictures, lots of diagrams, and lots of information.  Interested in building a real, wood-encased solar oven (and not a tin-foil and cardboard mockup)? 

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Prepper Book Festival 12: The Winter Fortress

The Winter Fortress | Backdoor Survival

During these days of extreme terrorist, crazy politics and uncertainties relative to government control,  it is easy to lose track of some of the threats we initially prepared for.  Case in point is a nuclear threat.  Although it is difficult to separate nuclear threats from terrorism, the recent spate of events has been focused upon shootings and suicide bombs.  That said, threats of nuclear sabotage has been around since WW II, and if anything, it has only gotten worse. 

With that introduction, today I present The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb, a piece of non-fiction that is gong to rock you off your chair. 

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Prepper Book Festival 12: Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins

Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins | Backdoor Survival

You might think this is an unusual title for the Prepper Book Festival but given the keen interest many of you have in precious metals, I felt this book worthy of your attention.

The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins by Brian Smith is a fascinating journey down the historical path of U.S. coinage. Not to be left out, it also includes a brief history of paper currency in the United States. Remember when paper currency was a “silver certificate” and not a Federal Reserve Note? 

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Prepper Book Festival #12: A Prepper’s Cookbook

A Preppers Cookbook | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to prepper cookbooks, I have been disappointed more often than not.  You might be wondering why so let me just say this:  many are simply compilations of recipes that are on the internet in the public domain.  Not only that, I know some cookbook authors that are prepper frauds.  They have not prepped a day in their life. I know because they have told me.  Let us leave that unpleasant tangent for another day.

Today I want to introduce you to a real prepper and real cookbook author, Deborah D.

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Prepper Book Festival 12: The Zika Virus Handbook

Zika Virus Handbook | Backdoor Survival

How much do you know about the Zika virus?   Whereas it is easy to consider Zika to be someone else’s problem, the reality is that that ramifications of Zika evolving into a global pandemic are horrifying. This is the next generation we are talking about and honestly, we need to care.

Today the Prepper Book Festival features The Zika Virus Handbook by Joseph Alton.  Many of you are familiar with both Joe and his wife Amy who blog at Doom and Bloom dot net. 

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Prepper Book Festival 12: The Borrowed World Novel of Post Apocalyptic Collapse

The Borrowed World | Backdoor Survival

For the past year I have found that when it comes to post-Apocalyptic fiction, there is a lot of sameness.  Either the story lines have been told before or the writing is dark and oppressive to the point where I can’t get beyond the first twenty pages.  Call it a personal quirk if you must, but I want to learn from survival fiction and to open my mind to possibilities and scenarios that could play out if “it” – whatever it is – happened to me. 

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Prepper Book Festival 12: 5-Gallon Bucket Book

5 Gallon Bucket Book | Backdoor Survival

When this newest Prepper Book Festival was launched, I indicated there would be some fun titles along the more serious fiction and non-fiction titles. Couple practicality and usefulness with fun and and we have a real win.  Such is the case with today;s book, 5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles.

Here in my household, collecting 5 gallon buckets takes second place only to mason jars, and you know how I feel about them!  Give me a few dozen buckets and jars and I can and do store anything. 

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Prepper Book Festival 12: The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook

Survival Doctors Complete Handbook | Backdoor Survival

How many times have you had a medical or first aid issue occur during the middle of the night or on a weekend when getting help would be difficult?  Or, equally bad, help is available but only at a hospital emergency room an hour a way?  What if the power was out, roads were blocked, or there was something going on that precluded EMTs coming to the rescue?

What I describe are typical survival scenarios and those that we, as Preppers, plan for. 

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Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy

Prepper Book Festival 12 | Backdoor Survival

After a short break, it is time to get our mojo in gear for an all-new Prepper Book Festival.  This is #12 and it is, without question, another eclectic mix of books covering a lot of topics.

This did not happen by accident.  Since the beginning, Backdoor Survival Book Festivals have brought you some of the newest and the best titles available to educate you about preparedness and survival.  That being said, it was time to get away from generalist books and focus also on staying healthy and being happy.

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Prepper Book Festival 11: Failures of Imagination

Failures of Imagination | Backdoor Survival

It seems like just yesterday we could wake up each day to a routine.  We would get up, go to work, eat an evening meal, then spend a bit of downtime with friends and family or in the pursuit of personal hobbies.  We worried about making ends meet, our careers, and the health of our loved ones.

What we did not worry about was being safe from terrorist attacks, nuclear wars, global pandemics, or an economic collapse.

Alas, times have changed, and with each day we face more uncertainties. 

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Prepper Book Festival 11: Braving the Storms

Braving the Storms by Kyle Pratt | Backdoor Survival

By now you probably know that I have a virtual love-fest with certain authors.  These are the individuals that consistently put out meaningful and educational work that we can learn from, whether it is the form of preparedness oriented reference books or survival fiction.

This week I once again feature one of those authors, Kyle Pratt, as I introduce you to the third book in his “Strengthen What Remains” series, Braving the Storms.  I love audiobooks and lucky for me, I was able to listen to the book during my daily walks with Tucker the Dog, and during my nightly de-stressing while coloring in “adult” coloring books.

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Prepper Book Festival 11: Prepper’s Communication Handbook

Preppers Communication Handbook | Backdoor Survival

One of the challenges of emergency communication is understanding the technology.  Is a one-way radio sufficient to receive updates following a disaster or other emergency, or do I need a scanning device?  What is a shortwave radio and why do I need one?  Is getting a Ham radio and radio license worth the effort?  And then there are those “family” walkie-talkie devices.  Those seem like a good idea but are they really?

Shoot, even I get confused by all of the options even though I own all of them. 

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Prepper Book Festival 11: Preppers Guide to Caches


Do you have a survival cache?  Or have you wanted to store items, currency, or ammo in a hidden locations but did not know what, how, or where?

How to go about putting together a survival cache is a frequent question both in comments and in the emails that cross my desk.  Until know, I admit to responding in a rather lame manner since for me personally, the answer has been to have a geographically separate bug-out-location.  On the other hand, I do know that relying a upon a well-stocked alternate location is foolhardy. 

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Prepper Book Festival 11: Prepping for a Pandemic

Prepping for a Pandemic | Backdoor Survival

Every few months or so, a new threat to our safety seems to emerge.  One month it might be a terrorist attack, three months later it might be a cyber attack on the grid, and then, out of nowhere, there will be the threat of a pandemic.

Trying to decide what to prepare for and how to prepare for it is a dilemma we all face.  We do the best we can, building up our knowledge and practicing day to day skills that will protect us if the worse should happen.

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Prepper Book Festival 11: Prepare Your Family For Survival

Prepare Your Family for Survival | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to being prepared, no one does it better than Linda Loosli.  I know.  I have been to her house, sampled her made-from-scratch cooking, and examined her gear.  Not only does she have two of everything, from what I call tell, she has three or four of everything, plus the skills to perform preparedness and survival tasks in multiple ways.

Her book, Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation, was previously showcased before in the article 11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival

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Prepper Book Festival 11: Dark Ages 2020

Dark Ages 2020 | Backdoor Survival

One of the pleasures of being an author and blogger is that you become acquainted with a wide range of people and personalities.  During that process, sometimes you happen upon someone who is wonderfully helpful and seems like an all-around nice person.

A couple of years ago I met such a person, JD Dutra, the developer of the hugely popular Conflicted Card Game series.  Although we only touched base occasionally, I found JD to be responsive and always willing to help with whatever I was doing to spread the word about Conflicted.

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Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive

Prepper Book Festival 11 | Backdoor Survival

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the books that have been selected to participate in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival #11.  This time around I have both fiction and non-fiction, from new authors as well as old favorites.  It is a fantastic line-up with something for everyone and I hope that you find something that is both interesting and educational.

In the coming weeks I will be sharing author interviews as well as book giveaways – lots and lots of giveaways. 

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