Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival. Jim Cobb, the author of the Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide, is back again for another interview with all new questions plus, of course, a book giveaway.
I would like to start by saying a few words about the book itself. This is not a re-hash of the FEMA handbook recommending a 3-day kit and some water. Rather, this a true handbook for what I will call the “gentleman survivalist”. By that I mean a mainstream man or woman that wants to prepare for the long term, incorporating survivalist strategies in a practical manner without resorting to living in a tree-house in the woods.
This is good stuff; I have read the book myself and discovered some new and less conventional ways of viewing my own preps. As Jim says in the introduction:
“Let’s go for a walk to the far end of the preparedness trail. Don’t worry, I’ll be right beside you. I’ll do my best to make sure you don’t get lost along the way.”
Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of the giveaway below.
An Encore Interview with Jim Cobb
Given your background, knowledge, and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?
A. Being able to think outside the box and get creative with problem solving.
B. Interpersonal communication, also known as “people skills.”
C. Situational awareness.
Well, that depends on where I’m starting, of course. I mean, the answer is different if I’m just starting out with prepping vs. having been at it a while and just have a few holes to fill, so to speak.
To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?
I am very fortunate in that my spouse fully supports being prepared for disasters. She is actively involved by handling the gardening and working side by side with me on various projects and such. Our children are being taught various survival skills, including bushcraft and self-defense.
What is your favorite survival or pepping book? (It can be fiction or non-fiction.)
There is absolutely no way I could choose just one single book as my ultimate favorite. That said, I can heartily recommend the following:
The Survival Group Handbook by Charley Hogwood
Stay Alive! By John D. McCann
The Ashfall Trilogy by Mike Mullin
Do you have anything else that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?
My newest book, Countdown to Preparedness, was just released at the beginning of January. It is a full 52 week course in disaster readiness. Each week, the reader is given concrete, practical information relating to a specific topic, assignments to complete, a small shopping list, and an amount of water to store.
If the reader faithfully completes each and every step along the way, at the end he or she will be fully prepared to last a minimum of three full months completely on their own with no outside assistance.
The Book Giveaway
A copy of Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide has been reserved for one lucky reader.
To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below. There are a couple of options including a “free for everyone” option that requires just a single click. Easy peasy!
The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Thursday with the winner notified by email and announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz. Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
The Final Word
Something I failed to mention is that Jim Cobb has been a survivalist for years, long before the term “Prepper” was coined and long before being prepared became a mainstream avocation. He is a prolific writer who is well-regarded by his peers. When it comes to preparedness, when Jim speaks, I listen.
I hope you will enter the giveaway to win your own copy of Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: Today is all about books. Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.
Note: If you covet an e-Book reader, consider the Kindle. And if not, at the very least pick up the free Kindle app so that you can read Kindle books on your PC or favorite electronic device.
Summer 2014 Book Festival #6 – Fiction
Day After Disaster
Jingling Our Change (Liberty Dying Series Book 1)
Nanny State Nightmare (Liberty Dying Book 2)
The Shadow Patriots
Survivor Max: Too Smart to Die
Event Horizon (The Perseid Collapse Post Apocalyptic Series Book 2)
Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel
299 Days: The War
Bishop’s Song (Holding Their Own Book 6)
Summer 2014 Book Festival #6 – Non-Fiction
The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch
Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival: The Essential Guide for Family Preparedness
The Practical Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies
Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living
Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together
The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster
Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness
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The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage is a book about food: What to store, how to store it and best practices. It is a roadmap for showing ordinary citizens that long-term food storage is not something that will overwhelm or burden the family budget. It is based on my own tried and true experience as someone who has learned to live the preparedness lifestyle by approaching emergency preparedness and planning in a systematic, step-by-step manner.
Whether you simply want to prepare for natural disasters or whether you believe the world is headed toward a major food crisis, this book is for you. It covers basic tips and techniques you can use to stock your food storage pantry so that you can be assured that your family will have food to eat, no matter what.