5 Books That Could Save Your Life


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So, I’m not a big doomsday prepping-for-the-zombie-apocalypse kind of person, but I don’t have my head buried in the sand either. I don’t think we need to live in fear of what could happen–even though it really could! I mean, come on, how hard would it be to destroy at least a portion of our power grid? Ever since the Y2K scare, I’ve wondered what life might be like and what I would do if that happened. I decided it would be wise to invest a little just in case–but I didn’t buy a basement full of military MRE (meals ready to eat) packets. Those might be handy for a short term crisis. But what I think is an even better preparation is to invest in knowledge and these are some of the best books for survival during difficult times. It’s worthwhile to invest in these five books that could save your life!

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Why These Books?

To that end, I did some research and found several books that would educate me now and be a reference for the future. I highly recommend these 5 books for every household to have. You know, just in case. Instead of having two years’ worth of tasteless food on hand, how about learning how to find, prepare and eat what is growing around us. In looking into this, I found that there is a whole movement of people learning to “eat the weeds” and to forage, hunt, and grow their own food. And then I learned that this is actually a very healthy way to live. By eating wild foods and preserving your food by drying, canning, and fermenting, you can preserve the nutrients in foods with just a little know-how. So in learning how to live this healthier–even economical– way, we are, at the same time, preparing ourselves for many possible devastating occurrences that could happen in our country.


Books that Could Save Your Life

Without further adieu, here are the books I recommend for every household to have–5 books that could save your life! They are not in any particular order of importance. They are all important! These books may help save you, your family, your extended family, your neighbors. You might be the person that people can come to for help because you can find the answers here in these books. Plus, they’re just interesting to read! It’s fascinating to learn which plants in your own yard have been valued for thousands of years as food or medicine, which is the best wood for building a fire, how to signal an airplane if you’re lost, and everything you could need to know to survive. These books are full of information that the average person would have known 120 years ago, but today it’s forgotten knowledge. I use information in these books for my daily life, as well. They’re not just for emergencies. Either way, these are a worthy investment.



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1.   The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery.  The first book is a homesteader’s encyclopedia, but it’s written in a personable way by a woman who lived the homesteading life before it was popular. Practical advice on raising animals, gardening, preserving food, butchering–everything my great grandparents knew about how to live self-sufficiently.

2.   Camping and Wilderness Survival by Paul Tawrell   This is another huge book full of how-to’s for surviving away from home. It covers hiking, building shelters, tracking, hunting, trapping, foraging, fishing, first aid and more. This book had EVERYthing you need to know to survive at home or away from home–whether you want to go on a hiking adventure or are needing to survive in an emergency.

3.   Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods by Thomas S. Elias  With lots of pictures and good descriptions of plants, this book will help you find the food you want or need to while foraging in your yard, woods or far from home.

4.   Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America  by Steven Foster  (If you live in the Eastern United States) This is the book I have. It’s compact so you can carry it with you, but it’s full of information, colored photos, tips on how to identify and use each plant.


A Peterson Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs By Christopher Hobbs (If you live in the Western United States.) I don’t have this one, but it looks to be of the same caliber of the one for the Eastern U.S.

5.   Encylopedia of Herbal Medicine by Andrew Chevallier  This book begins where the field guide leaves off. There are lots of photos showing you plants, ways to use them and how to make the various remedies.

6. BONUS: Check out my latest discovery, The Lost Book of  Herbal Remedies: The Healing Power of Plant Medicine. It’s an exceptional value for all of the information that you get. It the medicinal plants of North America and how to use them. Written by an experienced herbalist who has regained her own health after a diagnosis of M.S. using plant medicine.


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32 thoughts on “5 Books That Could Save Your Life”

  • I agree with your post! I’ve always said if anything was to happen a lot of us wouldn’t survive because we don’t know how to do anything!! Great post! Thank you for sharing!

  • I could use some gardening advice, for sure! I think I just lose interest. I’d rather be out exploring than tending my garden. I need a gardening assistant! I could use some help in survival techniques, too! When I go camping, I bring my comforts. Good advice!

    • Just stop gardening and forage while you explore! 😀

  • A great article. I’ll add these to my reading list.

  • This is interesting! I wasn’t sure what to expect reading the intro, and I never would have thought about these types of books! Here I was thinking how to build a bunker or something! 🙂

    • Yes, I take a much more relaxed approach to being prepared. Plus these books are just great to use regularly as you live and explore life or camp or whatever.

  • I like the idea of the ability to be completely self-sufficient if needed. I will have to add some of these books to my Amazon wish list.

  • I have always loved reading field guilds…they are so wonderful to look through and see all the flora and fauna that is here with us!

    • Me, too, Lisa! These are more than field guides, though. Encourage you to take a look. 🙂

  • I think it is important to know your surroundings, and especially living in the country where there are several species of plants, these books would definitely serve an educational purpose!

    • Agreed! Thanks, Rachel.

  • This is awesome!! As a book nerd, I barely need a reason to buy them. But to actually be able to tell my hubby that these books may save our LIVES?! ACES!!! Lol!

    • I know what you mean. Glad I could help fill your bookshelves with great books!

  • I think about this stuff too!! We will put the fact that I’m a huge walking dead fan aside (lol), but the possibility that we could be put in situations where modern world luxuries aren’t available is very real! Great suggestions to at least have the knowledge, that’s something we should all have!

    • Yes! Knowledge is power.

  • Going to check these. Oils out. Thanks!

  • Definitely something to think about! If anything ever happens we won’t be able to just google all this information. I surely don’t know what plants are edible, and the only things I know how to grow are flowers! I think these books are a must have in a survival kit.

    • Yes! And they’re fun to have to learn about the world around us now!

  • So good, i pinned it and will be ordering, i have the country living book but not the others. alot of people are completely unaware of the possibility of a power grid failure. like, alot of people. scary stuff. great post!

    • If we have this knowledge, we don’t have to be afraid. This is good to know no matter what. Thanks for sharing!

  • These are so great! I had to share with my mom who is big on emergency preparedness. She loved all your suggestions!

    • Yes! Mom-approved! Thanks for sharing!

    • Yes, these are seriously important books to have on hand.

  • Aha! 5 books that could literally save my life. I would be a self-confessesed goner if it ever came to surviving in the wild.

    • Then these books are for you! 🙂

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