Prepper Book Festival 8: Practical Prepping No Apocalypse Required

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A recent topic in the Survival Buzz comments section has been prepper burnout.  Perhaps because of the serious ramifications of not being prepared, people tend to approach prepping with frantic fervor.  When coupled with a busy family life and a job, it can sometimes become too much to handle. And that, in a nutshell, leads to burnout.

I realize this is an odd introduction for the book festival but stay with me, there is a reason.

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The next book in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 8 is Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required: An Everyday Approach to Disaster Preparedness.  It is co-authored by one of my favorite post-apocalyptic writers, Steven Konkoly.  This time he has partnered with Randall S. Powers to deliver a book of essays on various preparedness topics.  It is kind of like a blog in print form only more tightly connected.  Make sense?

I found Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required to be easy to digest with practical steps coupled with tactical steps that won’t take too much time or money.  It is the antidote to prepper burnout.  It focuses on having a preparedness mindset and living a preparedness lifestyle, both of which are an important part of my own message.

Today I am going to make things easy for you. Steve is giving away a copy of his book and all you need to do is enter.  There is no interview to read this time, just the giveaway.

There is one thing, though.  How about a run down on a few of his books?

Favorite Books by Steven Konkoly (The Perseid Collapse Series)

This is Book One in the Perseid Collapse series.  Perhaps because I was a one time boater, I identified with Alex Fletcher and his family.  On the other hand, everyone I have recommended this book to has thanked me.

In Book Two, Alex faces more turmoil as the City of Boston starts to collapse.  Nothing is as it seems and fear of the unknown must be set aside in order for the Fletcher family to survive.  You will not be able to put it down.


Books Three and Four

The Giveaway

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

Steven Konkoly has participated in a number of Book Festivals and has truly become a friend of this website.  Although I only listed four of his books (all part of the Perseid Collapse Post Apocalyptic Series), he has an number of other books published and an almost a cult-like following.

Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required is a practical approach to preparedness that delivers steps we can embrace with modest time, effort and money.  And I don’t know about you, but that sounds good to me!

If you are new to Steve’s work, enter the giveaway and get a taste of his writing yourself.  Good luck and remember to keep on prepping!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival as well as a link to the books mentioned by today’s author.

Prepper Book Festival 8 – Non-Fiction

Tools for Survival: What You Need to Survive When You’re on Your Own
The Organic Canner
The NEW 2000-Hour Flashlight
The Garden Pool – Feed Your Family From Your Backyard Ecosystem
Survival Savvy Family: How to Be Your Best During the Absolute Worst
Doctor Prepper’s Making the Best of Basics Family Preparedness Handbook – Version 12.5
The Prepper’s Financial Guide
Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required: An Everyday Approach to Disaster Preparedness

Prepper Book Festival 8 – Fiction

After the Crumble (Volume 1)
A Time to Endure (Strengthen What Remains)
Aftermath: A Story of Survival
Resurrecting Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Game Changer

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.


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Prepper Book Festival 8: Practical Prepping No Apocalypse Required — 69 Comments

  1. There are three things I’d like to know more about. 1st, advanced life saving / medical training, 2nd, leather working, repair shoes, make protective clothing, (coats, gloves), belts, straps, ect. 3rd, develop greater carpentry skills.

  2. Self Defense and sanitation are two subjects that are seldom covered. You might see a comment or note that you should learn self defense, but seldom see any tips/suggestions. Sanitation is covered more often with tips and such given, but not as often as water, food, and shelter are covered.

  3. I am experiencing burn out. I have prepped for many years and have lost count of what we have and feel overwhelmed. HELP! This book sounds like it could help.

  4. I would like to learn more about prepping while apartment living. As much as I would love to live in the country and have a fully independent homestead, it’s just not feasible for everyone.

  5. Sanitation is a biggie for me as We’re the go to place for the family. As a Friend joked , What’cha prepping for? an Army? Well yes in a way I’m looking at about 28-30 people heading my way and if TSHTFand city services are disrupted for a long time. How do I keep everyone safe and healthy. I’m looking at possibly getting an anerobic digester on the property. If what I’ve read and heard so far It may produce some electricity for us

  6. I would like to learn more about herbal and essential oil medicinal purposes, and edible plants you find in fields, forests and back yards.

  7. I’d like to learn more on self defense since I can use these skills every single day. I took a self defense class for women and workout every day to get stronger. I always carry my self defense items too, but know I can better prepare myself.

  8. How about self-defense/home security info beyond the emphasis on firearms – they seem to be a given. Also more info on hygiene/sanitation to avoid infections & disease, not just conserve water & have a portable toilet.

  9. I feel pretty comfortable with my current skills sets but would like to find more hand tools of old that can be made usable.

  10. I would like to learn more about dehydrating and storing food that I grow. Our tomato plants usually do well, but we never store any of them, just eat them. I guess I could dehydrate just about anything, but should I? How long will it keep in a plastic zip bag or glass jar? Do I use oxygen absorbers? I know it depends on how well I dry it and how I store it as to how long it will last, but what is the best way? Maybe dry it, put in glass jar with absorber, vacuum out remaining air?

  11. I’m concerned about communication; If I were to get a ham radio (and learn how to use it for emergencies), and finding a way to contact family down south, in the event of a catastrophe, what else is there to do?

  12. Communications. My husband and I live in a large city in so. Texas, as do our three grown daughters and their families, except for the grandson away at university. If I got a ham radio, then we’d all have to get ham radios and I don’t know if they would want to do that. Haven’t talked about that yet Are there any other options beside cell phones which we all have, but may go out?

  13. I’d like to learn more about the acceptance of the end of the civilization or society I grew up in.
    Also, I’d like to know more about food storage.

  14. Communication! We need to know what is happening!
    Ham radio for inexperienced users……for emergencies, as an example. I cannot automatically depend on a land or cell phone

  15. HOME defense. Personal self defense, I got that. Could use some more ideas on defending/hardening the property itself.

  16. Has there been a recent generation that hasn’t been threatened with extinction?
    My mom had WWII,my generation had the Cuban Missle Crisis and than there is Now!
    Distant past history……we are a violent lot!

  17. Sitting down with a good book to read is a pleasure – when the book is practical and about taking care of essential business – like prepping – well, it doesn’t get much better – I will look forward to winning –

  18. I would have to say food. Specifically recipes ideas for food stores. The recipe books that i have found so far claim to offer that but in reality they will be at best camp out books using refrigerated and sometimes exotic ingredients that have to be fresh. Plus ideas from others on how to manage food stores you use regularly, how to manage the inventory and best ensure rotation.

  19. One thing I don’t see on any site is information on making clothes, shoes, etc. I know it’s good to have some material and fabric on hand, but even that only goes so far, then what?

    • Making clothes is fun and really quite easy, although you would want to have a bit of prior experience in it. Do this before you need to: put together a picnic basket or lunch basket with sewing essentials. That would be scissors, needles, thread, pins … and other goodies you’ll find at your favorite craft section. Then go find a PATTERN for something you would like to wear. I want summer dresses. Take the pattern apart at home and read over it several times (in the language of your choice); follow the directions. First attempts are always a bit wonky, but try again. It won’t be long before you have a DIY useful skill that you will truely enjoy. My mom taught me some favorite tricks that help. So if you get started, let me know and I’ll pass them on.

  20. I would like to learn more on herbal medicines, and essence oils as medicine and treatment of mishaps, when you do not have the option of professional aid.

  21. Communications is my biggest concern right now, as my kids are beginning to move away to school, and I am very concerned about staying in contact in case of a disaster!

  22. I would like to learn more about all of the topics you listed. I am new to this, and want to do it right without freaking out about it.

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