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#802 The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers by Any Hollingsworth

The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers by Any HollingsworthThe Simple Faith of Mister Rogers by Any Hollingsworth

Mister Rogers didn’t generally do interviews, but he decided to grant Any one. Maybe Amy expected a personality that differed from Mister Rogers’ television personality, but what she got was the same Mister Rogers everyone grew up with. A friendship continued after the interview and Amy learned how great Mister Rogers really was.

Letters followed and so did stories. Mister Rogers never wrote a memoir himself, so Amy hopes that this book will serve as something of a biography for him.

Mister Rogers was always a spiritual and sensitive man. He wanted children to know it was ok to feel emotions. He wanted kids to know they were worth something. He took the time to take each child’s request seriously. When a blind girl asked if he fed the fish everyday, because he didn’t always say he fed the fish, he started saying he was going to feed the fish.

He created a world of himself inside The Land of Make-believe. Each puppet seemed to be a different facet of himself.

He taught the author that it was ok to be sad and that it was ok to be quiet. Some of the best things can come from silence.

Ultimately, Mister Rogers had to quit his show and he did for, but several decades of children grew up to his even-toned voice. They learned about emotions and they learned to be better people.

What I liked

I, like seemingly everyone else who got PBS on their bunny ears, admire Mister Rogers. He was a great man. He made an impact on the world in a way that so many people can’t. There are preachers and ministers galore, but it was Mister Rogers, who spoke with a gentle voice, that made an impression on children. Children learned that their feelings mattered. It was ok to be sad. It was ok to be angry. This might be a lesson some people could take to heart these days. We are not ever-cheerful automatons.

This man brought a voice of reason and sanity to more than one generation of children. When crazy was all they knew otherwise, Mister Rogers was a constant. He always put on those shoes and that sweater. He always fed those fish.

What I didn’t like

I really would have liked if this book had been more strictly a biography. I like Any, but it would have been nice to know even more about his life.

Overall

Won’t you be my neighbor?

Weigh in

What impact, if any, has Mister Rogers had in your life?

Is Mister Rogers an example of how television can impact our lives positively, in your opinion?

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#676 Ghosts, Hauntings and Mysterious Happenings by Phyllis Raybin Emert

Ghosts, Hauntings and Mysterious Happenings by Phyllis Raybin EmertGhosts, Hauntings and Mysterious Happenings by Phyllis Raybin Emert

Sometimes we cannot explain everything in the world. Sometimes a house is haunted and science cannot explain it away. Sometimes a person has the ability to tell when something is happening hundreds of miles away, without having any connection to that place. Sometimes ghostly apparitions appear at historical locations. Sometimes someone writes a book that predicts something almost exactly as it happens in the future. Sometimes someone can seem to speak to the dead.

These are all very interesting occurrences. This book holds over twenty stories about various unexplained and mysterious circumstances. Prominent haunted places mentioned in this book are The Borley Rectory, The Whaley House, and The Tower of London. Another prominent haunting mentioned is the Bell Witch. Edgar Cayce and Rosemary Brown are both mentioned as mediums.

What I liked

I love mysterious things. If I can’t explain something; it’s very intriguing. I cannot explain any of the events in this book, although I’m quite skeptical on quite a few, especially the mediums. I have a hard time believing in the idea of mediums. Maybe it’s real, but I just don’t know. This book has always fascinated me, I’ve actually had it for a long time, but I’ve never reviewed it on this site. It’s all just so interesting.

It’s a short look at each item mentioned, which gives the reader a good overview of the occurrence.

What I didn’t like

I wish the book had more meat to it. I would love to read more in-depth on some of these subjects. In fact, I have on at least one of the stories in this book. The story in this book, The House on Plum Tree Lane, is actually the subject of the book Night Stalks the Mansion, which I have read and reviewed. Because I’ve read the other book, the story in this book definitely leaves out a lot, but it’s also a little inaccurate. This book states that the house was turned into apartments, which may have been the case, I don’t remember, but the house actually doesn’t exist anymore. It was burned down. This book could have been written before the house burned down, but I have absolutely no idea if it was or not.

Overall

This is quite an interesting book and always has been.

Weigh In

Are you more skeptical or believing?

If you hear of something unexplained, what is your first response?

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#578 Lost and Missing-Volume 5 by Mike Riley

Lost and Missing-Volume 5 by Mike RileyLost and Missing-Volume 5 by Mike Riley

People go missing, but where do they go? What if you never know what happened to them? Where did grandma go? Did she really get run-over by a reindeer?

Joking aside, people go missing like crazy and some of these people are very high-profile, even including a Rockefeller. You would think that if anybody could be found it would be a Rockefeller, but he never was. He disappeared years and years ago. What happened to him? He probably drowned, but rumors run rampant. Maybe he went native and lived on an island. Maybe he was cannibalized. Maybe this and maybe that–but with all the maybes, the man was never seen again.

This book doesn’t only speak of Rockefeller. The colony of Roanoke is mentioned, which is an enduring mystery of the Americas. What happened to them? We may never know.

People disappear all the time and this book only holds a small fraction of those who have disappeared without a trace. It’s a bit terrifying to think that someone you know could just walk out the door and never be heard from again.

What I liked

I love mysterious and unexplained things. Some of it I call “woo-woo,” but none of this is woo-woo. Where did these people go? In the case of Michael Rockefeller, he probably drowned, but what about everyone else? Did somebody murder them? Did they go live other lives in secret? Did someone brain wash them into a cult? Amelia Earhart is a woman we have wondered about for years and now there’s a good chance she was eaten by giant crabs. Nice huh?

Books likes this serve several purposes. They educate us about our world. These prominent cases of missing people are part of history. These books entertain us. It’s a good thing to read about things that aren’t wrapped up in a nice little bow on the last page. It keeps us wondering and it keeps us thinking. These books also stay in our heads. They put little feelers out in our brains. Maybe, one day, one of us will see something that is a clue to one of these missing persons cases and it will help solve the case. This is why we have Unsolved Mysteries and other similar television shows on television. Those shows have helped find people and solve murders.

What I didn’t like

This book is pretty short and could have had more to it. It does belong to a series, so it’s not overly concerning in and of itself.

I would have liked more detail on some of the cases. A few of them I had heard of, the Beaumont children and the colony of Roanoke to be exact, and the other cases may have briefly flashed across my brain in my various readings.

Overall

This is all a bit spooky.

Weigh In

Do you think you could pull of disappearing yourself and living a secret identity in this day and age? Why or why not?

Do you think we’ll ever solve any of these mysteries?

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#561 A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

 A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

Donald writes about his life, when some movie guys called him up and said, “We want to make a movie about your book about your life,” Donald was in, but he soon discovered that his life wasn’t very exciting. The story Donald tells in this book is not only about how to tell a story, it’s about living a life that would be worthy of a story.

When Donald met with the two men who would turn his life into a story, they almost immediately got him doing things he normally wouldn’t do, like sledding around on the snow in kayaks. They told Donald he would have to edit his life. He had to turn his life from the book into something that would be interesting to watch as a movie.

Donald found that writing a movie was different from writing a book. A movie had to keep people engaged at all times, while a book could meander and roam. Books could involve a lot of thought, while, in movies, you can’t really tell what a character is thinking unless they say it aloud.

When Donald started looking at his life he realized, even though he was a writer, that he was a bit boring. He did safe things. He did familiar things. He did things that were not risky.

Over the course of coming to this realization Donald learned that he had to make his life special. He wasn’t going to grow as a person if he did the safe things. He didn’t want to work his entire life for a Volvo.

He changed things. Donald took chances. Donald made mistakes. Donald got messy.

(Yes, I do have a particular love for The Magic School Bus.)

By the end of the book, Donald has made his life into something interesting and something worthy of living.

What I liked

I did not know this book existed before I started reading another book. I started reading a memoir and the author of that book said she had to read this book. I stopped reading that book and found this book. If a book is enough to give another author inspiration in life, it’s probably good enough for me too.

I was not disappointed. Donald seems like a great guy. Donald realized that he needed to step up his game in life. I am at a similar point in my life myself. Do I hang onto a boring story or do I move forward with my life? You don’t get anywhere in life doing all the safe things.

It’s a great message for anybody. Instead of sitting around doing things because they’re familiar, push yourself. Be that person you always wanted to be in your head.

This book gets an A+ from me.

It’s similar to The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho in some ways. Both books are essentially about taking the risky steps you need to take in your life to be the person you need to be. Donald’s book is a little more real-world applicable, especially to writers.

What I didn’t like

There isn’t really anything I didn’t like about this book. Go Donald.

Overall

I will look forward to Donald’s other books as I come across them.

Weigh In

If your life was going to be a movie, would it be a boring movie or an exciting one?

Do you think we fall into ruts of being too comfortable? Why or why not?

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#466 Chew on this by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson

Chew on this by Eric Schlosser and Charles WilsonChew on this by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson

I have a thing for books about food, not cookbooks, but books about where food comes from, what’s in it, how to grow it, how to make it, what it does to your body, and so on. I enjoy learning about all of that. You should know about all of that; I’m not saying you have to enjoy it, but you should know about it.

This book is by Eric Schlosser, who also wrote Fast Food Nation; I’m going to be hitting that one soon. Both books are about how fast food has changed our nation, but they’re also about the history of fast food, which is interesting, believe it or not. Food used to be a  very slow thing. If you wanted biscuits and gravy, you made those darn biscuits and that darn gravy from scratch. There weren’t cans of biscuits you could pop open and put in the oven. There wasn’t pre-made gravy mix that was just-add-water.

Fast food really became a thing when people started creating hotdogs and hamburgers. Hamburgers were created for a fair. People liked them, so the man who created them kept going with it. This was over a hundred years ago by the way. It wasn’t until much later that the McDonalds opened their restaurant, which wasn’t exactly the first of its kind, but eventually came to be.

There had been other hamburger restaurants before McDonald’s, a lot of them, but people used to bring the food to your car. You sat in the parking lot and you ate your food. McDonald’s was really the first restaurant that made you come inside, order your food, take it to a table, and then clean up your own trash. McDonald’s was also one of the first places that allowed for an assembly line approach to making food. You’ll see this today if you go to any fast-food restaurant and peer into the kitchen. Ray Kroc was the man who came up with McDonald’s franchising and uniformity.

The uniformity is the killer here. That uniformity drove McDonald’s to only buy one type of potato, to only buy meat from one place, and to only expect one particular flavor of chicken. McDonald’s fries tasting the same anywhere isn’t exactly a bad thing, but it’s a bad thing when it forces many potato farmers out of business. McDonald’s only wanted one particular type of potato, so other potatoes began to be seen less and less. Singular companies began to get huge off the business from McDonald’s, which didn’t buy from the cheapest place, keeping a competitive market open, they bought from the most uniform place. This one place was able to buy up more this and more that and eventually become the biggest, but it wasn’t only with potatoes.

Beef is a big business to McDonald’s as well. They wanted all the hamburgers to taste the same, so all the beef had to be the same type and fed the same way. This fueled the rise of large feedlots in the United States. McDonald’s is the biggest buyer of beef in the country. As you may or may not know, cows aren’t supposed to eat corn, or other cows for that matter, but both have happened at feed lots. For the most part feeding cows to other cows has been nixed, but cows still chow down on corn, which is not good for them. The slaughterhouses aren’t the nicest places either, you wouldn’t really expect a slaughterhouse to be a nice place, but the United States falls way behind other countries. Europe uses a mainly humane was of killing their food animals, but gassing them, but here in the United States, we still stun our animals and hope they’re dead; they’re not always dead.

This book makes no mention of Temple Grandin. Because of Temple our slaughterhouses have gotten more humane over the past twenty years or so, but they’re still a long ways behind other countries.

Fast food has infiltrated our schools and hospitals. Students are overweight. Schools have had to fight to get fast food out. Fast food fights to get into war-torn areas. Burger King was one of the first American business in Kuwait after war broke out there. Nothing says Justice like a Whopper.

What I liked

There is a lot of this information I am already familiar with. There was some that was new though. I think the history of fast food restaurants is neat. These were people who did think outside the box to create these new businesses. They brought cheaper food out to the masses. If it wasn’t for fast food, there would be a lot of people who never get to eat out. I mean we all like higher-priced restaurants like Romano’s Macaroni Grill, but not everyone can afford meals that are $14 a piece, or higher. I have to hand it to the fast food industry for providing a night out for people with less money, but the stuff is still gross.

I think this book was pointed more towards young adults. I have started reading Fast Food Nation and it’s so much more complex than this book, but by the same author. This is a book a teenager could read and could understand quite well. I have to hand to Eric and Charles for creating something that teenagers might actually enjoy reading.

What I didn’t like

This book doesn’t get into the nitty-gritty of fast food. This book only involves battles that surround fast food. It’s more of a summary of what fast food has touched over the years. This book isn’t about what actually goes into your fast food. How about those flame retardants? How about radiating meat? How about some more details about how cows were eating cows? How about even more details about that? Cows eating cows is outlawed, but cows eating chicken protein isn’t really outlawed.

This book is more of a gateway book. It could pull you into the world of learning what goes into your food, but it’s not the hard stuff. It’s not the information you’re really going to want to know about what is going into your food. This book is the book where you decide to go further down the rabbit hole or you decide to step away and live happily with your ignorance.

Overall

I think this is a good book to get teenagers, and anyone else for that matter, thinking about their food.



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#396 Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Orange is the New Black by Piper KermanOrange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

I am well aware that there is a television show called Orange is the New Black. I have never watched this show, but I might. I just might watch it. I knew the show was about women’s prison, but I had no idea that there was a book and a real woman behind the show.

Piper’s story is kind of sad. It’s disappointing and makes you feel as if the legal system in the United States is one big failure. We meet Piper quite young at the beginning of the book. She hangs out with a woman named Nora. Piper desires to be desired by Nora, but Nora only seems to be there to use Piper, but Piper isn’t really experienced enough in life to realize how her toxic relationships is working out. One day Piper notices that her friend Nora has this nice new car and gets curious. Piper is soon whirled into the world of drug running. Piper never carries drugs herself. She only carries money. She has no idea that it’s illegal to go around to various banks and Western Unions across the world picking up money for drug lords.

After a time, Piper splits from Nora because she realizes Nora is using her. Piper comes very close to being an actual drug mule, but escapes because the drugs didn’t show up. Piper goes back home to the states. She gets a job. She tries to make life normal for herself. She meets a man, whom at first she doesn’t really feel any romantic connection to, but one develops. Piper finds herself won over by a man who is her everything for the most part.

One day, strangely, police officers show up at her door, asking for her by name. She doesn’t know what this is about. It turns out that she’s being dragged into a huge drug trial. The proceedings go on for years until any actual sentencing goes on. In the end, Piper is sentenced to fifteen months in prison. She hasn’t really done anything, but pick up money. If she had gone to trial, she might have gotten off scot-free or she might have gotten the maximum drug sentence. Piper pleads guilty and ends up with a reduced sentence of fifteen months. She hopes to get it reduced some more.

Piper seems stoic about going to prison. How does a person going to prison remain so calm? Luckily, Piper is not sent to the best women’s prison, but she is definitely not sent to the worst. She ends up at Danbury. The conditions are not terrible. Life in prison is degrading at times. Prisoners have no rights. Guards do things to prisoners that they shouldn’t.

For all of this, Piper soon learns of an interesting prison subculture. Racial groups mostly stick together, but do intermingle. The women of prison become experts in creating things you wouldn’t think could be created in prison, such as cheesecake. The microwaves are beautiful professional cooktops in the eyes of the prison inmates. Clothes are tailored illegally. If you know the right people, you can get certain things from the prison store. Some inmates run businesses on the side. Piper gets some pretty creative pedicures in prison.

Piper soon learns that she has to change to do her time, but she doesn’t have to change that much. Sure, there are some pretty tough women in her prison, but most of them aren’t that bad. They have families. They know they went wrong somewhere. Some of them are really victims of association. There is even a nun in prison with Piper. She’s there for protesting, which just seems terrible. Why would you put a nun in prison and one who is just stretching her right to free speech no less?

Piper does go into the whole deal of “the war on drugs.” Sure, drugs are bad. You shouldn’t do drugs, but some of the prison sentences for people associated with people doing drugs are just plain silly. So someone uses your house to bag up some weed, that makes you eligible to be charged with a crime, even though you didn’t really do anything. Heck, you might have been at work, and they were just sitting in your house putting weed into bags. It seems awfully unfair. A large portion of the prison population is there because of drug charges.

Ultimately, Piper gets out. She’s been out for a while. She has her boyfriend to go back to, but missed some things while she was in prison, mainly the death of her grandmother, which is quite sad.

What I liked

I’ve read books where a character has been in prison before. They never really go into that much detail. Piper goes into great detail because she was actually there. I will admit, there have been a few times I’ve had these horrible dreams in which I was in prison. I don’t ever recall there being an actual reason I was in prison in those dreams. What did I do? I don’t know, but apparently I did something, or rather, Dream Me did something, that was illegal and carried a prison sentence. I always have a lot of anxiety when I have those kinds of dreams. I would really hate prison. All the walls are probably the same color. You can’t go anywhere. People look at you naked. The whole deal would just really suck. Piper’s prison ordeal isn’t that bad as far as prison goes, but it’s still not a walk in the park. It’s still freaking prison. I am glad that she was able to get something out of though.

I liked that Piper rolled the whole Martha Stuart thing into her book. No one ever really thinks of Martha Stuart as a prison thug, but it happened. Martha really went to prison. You know who I could imagine in prison? Paula Deen. I think she would do really well in prison for some reason. She’s got enough southern woman in her to grab prison by the butt, plus, she’d probably make some awesome microwave prison food. If only she had more butter…

What I didn’t like

All you legal and law enforcement types out there may think Piper got what she deserved. Merely by being associated with drug runners, she was guilty of a crime, and therefore had to waste an entire year of her life in prison, despite the charges being over ten years old. Good, freaking, grief. That’s just retarded. I get that she picked up some money illegally. Hey, we’ve all picked quarters up off of the ground, but come on. I actually don’t know if picking a quarter up off of the ground is illegal, I just used it as an example.

Drug charges have gotten ridiculous. Drugs are bad, ok? They mess with your brain and they can kill you. You shouldn’t do drugs, especially stuff like Heroin, Cocaine, and Meth, but so many people are in prison for Marijuana charges or something less sinister. I found out that the word “sinister” is associated with being left-handed by the way. Weird huh? Anyway, look if it grows on the side of the road, you shouldn’t go to jail for using it. Oh look there’s some tobacco! No jail charge. Oh look there’s some marijuana! No jail charge. Get it? Not that I’m this huge proponent of legalized marijuana, I just think prosecuting people for smoking it and selling it is stupid. You’re wasting tax payer money. Let me get this straight, we as citizens of the United States spend our hard-earned tax dollars to put a pot-head in prison for various lengths of time, where they will get a bed, three meals a day, and medical care all because they smoked some pot or they dealt some pot. Waste of money! Seriously! It’s not like they’re going to be reformed when they get out. They’re still going to smoke pot.

On the other hand, things like dealing meth and cocaine, I can totally understand. We don’t need a bunch of meth-heads wandering around on the streets. What kind of drug was that person on who randomly tried to eat off a person’s face? It was either meth or PCP. I forget which. We don’t want face-eating people free in the general public.

Piper is associated with a heroin ring, but that doesn’t mean she was swallowing bags of heroin and puking them up later after she was in a different country. Even though Piper’s sentence wasn’t very long, I still feel like she got the rough end of the stick. It’s really sad that she missed her grandmother’s funeral.

Overall

Piper’s book was an interesting look inside the world of women’s prison. I might read up some more on the subject in the future.



 
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#395 The Survivors Club by Ben Sherwood

The Survivors Club by Ben SherwoodThe Survivors Club by Ben Sherwood

Well, this is my non-fiction, non-memoir book for the month of February. I bought this book brand new from the dollar store surprisingly. I’ve held onto it for a few months and I’ve finally gotten around to reading it. I bought this book because I thought it sounded really interesting. I have on occasion watched the show I Shouldn’t be Alive and it’s highly interesting. I’m not an avid consumer of the show, but I’ve seen it enough to be amazed at the things people can survive. It really is amazing what some people can survive.

Ben divides his book into chapters, of course, like any good writer would do. Each chapter is based on a specific element that enabled people to survive. Each of the chapters has examples of people who have survived using those elements. Some of these people survive exactly how you would think they would survive, but others survive seemingly inexplicably. In some cases, there is really no apparent reason a person survives. The best answers are purely guesses. Maybe it was because they were the right height or the right age. Other stories have concrete elements that enabled a person to survive.

The first couple of chapters detail amazing stories of survival, but they don’t seem that special. I’ve heard worse, but they’re still pretty impressive, it’s not until the third chapter in which things start to get really interesting. Ben takes the time to talk about plane crashes. Now, traveling by plane is very safe statistically. Far more people die in car crashes every day than die in a year’s worth of plane crashes. Well, I may be a little off on that statement, but not by much. We all know people who are scared of flying and they constantly have that fear in the back of their minds even when their flight is perfectly safe, but what does happen if you happen to be one of the unlucky few who end up in a plane crash? Well, it has been determined that you better be a young man and you only have ninety seconds to get your butt out of that crashed plane, providing the entire plane wasn’t incinerated. The ninety second statistic did kind of scare me, I’m not going to lie. Apparently, your plane is going to turn into a big tinder box after ninety seconds.

Ben does more than just tell stories of survival. He tells the reasons these people survived. There is a science behind some of it. Some of it really has no science. The best scientists have been able to do was sort of measure why these people survived, specifically in the cases where people seemed to survive on faith alone. It’s hard to measure how much something like faith can play in the role of your survival.

As the book progresses, Ben explains survival techniques. Now, these aren’t techniques on how to light a fire in the rain or how to skin a squirrel, they’re more or less psychological techniques. Sometimes survival is as simple as being more observant. Sometimes people will focus so hard on something that they miss important clues around them that would help them to survive. Sometimes people just believe different things. Sometimes choosing to be more  careful will help you survive. Sometimes remembering your family at home will help you survive. Sometimes if you’re just flat-out mean and stubborn, you’re more likely to survive.

The book has a part two. It’s a short part of the book. It explains various types of survivors.

  • The Fighter
  • The Believer
  • The Connector
  • The Thinker
  • The Realist

One of these types of survivors is not better than another type. Each type of survivor has its own advantages and disadvantages. Part of Ben’s efforts in writing this book was to help people identify what type of survivor they were so they could magnify the traits that would keep them alive in a dangerous situation. Ben explains what each of these survivors is strong in. He also explains twelve traits that will contribute to each of these survival types. Ben worked closely with a person who works with the Gallup poles to create a survival quiz.

Unfortunately, the quiz is not currently operating on Ben’s website. There do seem to be plenty of other interesting things on Ben’s website though. I had wanted to take the quiz and tell you guys what type of survivor I was, but unfortunately, I cannot. I did contact the website, so maybe I’ll get somewhere. If I do get a hold of the quiz, I will let you guys know.

What I liked

The book is quite interesting. It’s really neat to know these amazing situations people survived through. I do agree that there is a certain amount of psychology that goes into surviving tough situations. Sure it helps if you know how to make a fire with two sticks, but it also helps if you have the mental ability to  calm yourself enough to make that fire. Ultimately, you have to be in mental control of yourself in order to pull yourself out of death’s grip.

I had read a book, When All Hell Breaks Loose, by Kody Lundin before. If you don’t know who Kody Lundin is, he’s quite the interesting character. He’s a survival expert who always wears shorts, never wears shoes, and has two long braids that go about half-way down his back. He can make fire almost anywhere at any time. He’s on a Discovery Channel show called Dual Survival. Kody’s book was very interesting, but he spent a large portion of the first part of the book talking about psychological awareness for the most part. I thought Kody was full of crap. I thought the first part of the book was boring. I thought Kody was being overly dramatic and Kum-ba-ya, but in reality, Kody knows what he’s talking about. Kody incorporated both psychological and physical survival aspects in his book, but Ben addresses the psychological aspect solely, well, for the most part anyway. I do think this book was a really good addition to the more physical aspects you may learn of survival.

What I didn’t like

I am going to go ahead and admit, I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to take the survival profiler test right after finishing the book. Ben hyped up this idea of there being different types of survivors, but in the end I don’t have his test to determine what type of survivor I am. I might be able to make a pretty good guess from the descriptions Ben writes about the survivor types, but I ultimately don’t have this specially developed test that says, “Hey, you are so-and-so type of survivor and you’ll punch somebody in the face!”

I kind of wish there were some more pictures in this book. Sometimes it can be difficult to imagine extreme situations because we have never been through those extreme situations. If we have pictures we can begin to imagine how absolutely terrible these scenarios were. If we can see a picture of this person bruised and battered, we can see how terrible it was, at least physically for that person. We can never really imagine what happens inside their heads, but we can at least begin to see physically what they went through.

I think Ben should have included a copy of the quiz in the book if he intended it to be such an integral part of the experience of the book. He’s pushing people towards his website, but apparently he’s not even maintaining his website correctly. That’s not a good practice in my opinion.

Overall

If you like reading about how people survive, this could be a pretty interesting book to read.



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