10 Books That Could Actually Save Your Life

By Tennessee Mike

Below is my list of 10 Books That Could Actually Save Your Life – read it and please let me know what you think (and list your favorite) in the comments below.

31 Days to Survival: A Complete Plan for Emergency Preparedness by M.D. Creekmore

31 days to survival md creekmore

I know M.D. Creekmore personally, and he is the real deal and knows more about prepping, hunting, foraging, firearms, and running a homestead than anyone else that I have ever met. He has been featured, in numerous national magazines such as American Survival Guide, Mother Earth News and Backwoods Home. He is also a Paladin Press best selling author, with his books selling over 40,000 copies. I feel confident in saying that M.D. Creekmore is the most knowledgeable and well rounded survival expert in the United States at this time.

Gardening When It Counts by Steve Solomen

Gardening When It Counts

In hard times, the family can be greatly helped by growing a highly productive food garden, requiring little cash outlay or watering. This book will show you how do do that.

The Survival Group Handbook by Charley Hogwood

The Survival group handbook

It is designed to walk you through all the steps required to safely and securely find, and work with other people just like you who realize that going it alone in a dark world is not an option. This guide is the instruction manual and reference textbook for the solo survivor, family or national organization regardless of size or mission.

LDS Preparedness Manual by Christopher M. Parrett

LDS Preparedness Manual

A must have prepper book! This is the new updated and revised 8th edition of the LDS Preparedness Manual for 2012, celebrating it’s 15th aniversary! This new edition includes significant new material never previously included in past editions and has DOUBLED the total content to over 500 pages!

Light Infantry Tactics: For Small Teams by Christopher E. Larsen

light infantry tactics

Finally! Step-by-step tactics for teams of three to 30 members. This is the best book available on military type tactics for the preppers!

Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham

mini farming

Start a mini farm on a quarter acre or less, provide 85 percent of the food for a family of four and earn an income.

Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require.

Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to know to get started: buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised beds, soil fertility practices, composting, dealing with pest and disease problems, crop rotation, farm planning, and much more. Because self-sufficiency is the objective, subjects such as raising backyard chickens and home canning are also covered along with numerous methods for keeping costs down and production high. Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with photographs, tables, diagrams, and illustrations.

Barnyard in Your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, and Cattle by Gail Damerow

barnyard in your backyard

Each chapter focuses on a different animal, discussing the pros and cons of raising the animal, housing and land requirements, feeding guidelines, health concerns, and a schedule for routine care. Species that are easy to raise, hardy, and companionable are profiled. First-time farmers will discover simple, clear instructions for caring for animals throughout the year, as well as guidelines for processing barnyard products such as milk, wool, and eggs. Combining practical advice from real experts, easy-to-use checklists and charts, a seasonal care calendar, and detailed black-and-white illustrations, Barnyard in Your Backyard offers a comprehensive review of the ins and outs – the tribulations and triumphs – of living with and caring for a small barnyard.

Where There Is No Doctor by David Werner

where there is no doctor

Hesperian’s classic manual, Where There Is No Doctor, is arguably the most widely-used health care manual in the world.

This 2013 updated reprint features new information on tuberculosis and HIV, updated medicines, anti-retroviral therapy, and preventing HIV in babies.

All Hesperian books are regularly updated and reprinted to reflect accurate medical information.

Useful for health workers, clinicians, and others involved in primary health care delivery and health promotion programs, with millions of copies in print in more than 75 languages, the manual provides practical, easily understood information on how to diagnose, treat, and prevent common diseases. Special attention is focused on nutrition, infection and disease prevention, and diagnostic techniques as primary ways to prevent and treat health problems.

The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook by American Red Cross

red cross

This one should be in every preppers bookshelf.

Survival Poaching by Ragnar Benson

survival poaching

Tells the survivalist how to collect wild game under any circumstances, using Indian secrets. Shows specific poaching methods for deer, elk, bear, moose, beaver, mink, muskrat, trout, salmon, grouse, pheasant, duck and dozens more. Includes detailed plans for many traps, snares, deadfalls, etc.

Keeping the Harvest: Preserving Your Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs by Nancy Chioffi

keeping the harvest

Illustrated step-by-step instructions explain the techniques for canning, freezing, drying, and pickling.

And here is M.D. Creekmore’s list of 16 must have books for preppers… several of these are also mentioned in my list above, because they are that good.

  1. LDS Preparedness Manual – This One is Awesome and is my number one recommendation – get it!
  2. Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times
  3. Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre
  4. Barnyard in Your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, and Cattle
  5. Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game
  6. Keeping the Harvest: Preserving Your Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs
  7. Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving
  8. Where There Is No Doctor
  9. Where There Is No Dentist
  10. The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook
  11. Cookin’ with Home Storage
  12. The Secure Home
  13. Affordable Security: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Protecting Your Home, Business, and Automobile
  14. Holding Your Ground
  15. Light Infantry Tactics: For Small Teams
  16. The Survival Group Handbook: How to Plan, Organize and Lead People For a Short or Long Term Survival Situation


  1. I’m surprised that no one has added any of their favorite books here in the comments.

  2. I like Passport to Survival, 12 Steps to Self-Sufficient Living by Rita Bingham.

  3. I’ve always kept the Foxfire series, Square foot gardening and Back to Basics on my list.

  4. I didn’t see this until this morning.

    Some interesting books that I didn’t think of before. Most I have. But I have so many now, more being added in electronic format (and kept, hopefully, EMP safe). I need to start putting the truly imporatant ones in waterproof footlockers in case we have to bug out or for when we move (whichever comes 1st).

  5. Carla Emory’s The Encyclopedia of Country Living, of course.

  6. Exile1981 says:

    The Pill Book or any of the other doctor references for medications and what uses and doses they have.

  7. The Merck Manual . I have the people version and the vet.one.

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