Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Larry Mullins
Publisher: Hobble Creek Press
“Without question, the first thing you’ll see is the need to get enough food to last you and your family for as long as you honestly believe the crisis will last,” Larry Mullins writes in his book, When It Hits the Fan: A Handbook to Surviving Anything.
At two hundred pages and fifty-six pages, this paperback targets those interested in learning survival techniques if or when there is a major catastrophe or disaster. After acknowledgments and an introduction, sixteen chapters cover the topic, ending with an epilogue and the author’s biography.
Growing up on a ranch and serving in the United States Army, author Mullins taught and directed security and survival programs at his LDS church. Bodyguard to protect the church’s president, he later served in other forms of law enforcement.
Following Mormon views, Mullins firmly believes it would be advantageous to be prepared for “the end of the world as we know it” or what he calls TEOTWAWKI. The purpose of the book is to help “preppers” and others learn to survive extreme situations that may face the world’s inhabitants.
The book begins with possible scenarios that will trigger the end of the world. With an electromagnetic pulse being the biggest threat, solar storms, water systems, cyber attacks, asteroids and comets, the ring of fire, and other natural disasters are mentioned.
Since food is the vital key to survival, one must know the enemy and be prepared as he or she “bugs out” or “bugs in” while pillagers attempt to confiscate goods. Discussing going underground for shelter, securing the home, and having home defense weapons, the chapters offer a myriad of ideas.
Three extensive sections cover eating the fresh plant, animal, and fish foods found on our planet. By explaining the items in paragraph format, corresponding black and white drawings aid in recognizing them. Listing edibles such as lawn grass, rose petals, and thistle plants or beavers, snakes, and lizards, one can eat other numerous types of fish, seafood, and insects.
The final chapter has primitive survival skills involving making handmade tools, building shelters, and assembling hunting weapons. In the epilogue, reminders are given on confidence training, fear, anxiety, adaptability, and humor.
Although this reader is not a Mormon and prays she will be raptured or no longer on this earth when Biblical end times occur, there are many interesting suggestions and concepts to glean in case of a monumental emergency.
Thanks to Bookpleasures and Cedar Fort for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.