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SurvivalBlog Review: The Survival Template

“I highly recommend this book. It truly is a template for survival. Everyone would benefit from reading this book and implementing Heatherly’s ideas into their lives.” –SurvivalBlog

Much thanks to SurvivalBlog for this thorough review of The Survival Template, authored by our Editor, John A. Heatherly

The Survival Template

The Survival Template by John A. Heatherly. This is one of those books that is “short but sweet” (just 58 pages). It is mostly at the conceptual level, and it is wonderfully succinct and concise. In some ways, it reminds me of Jeff Cooper’s book, Principles of Personal Defense.

At just 80 pages, Cooper’s book was similarly succinct and concise. This book is chock full of information to prepare our minds and bodies for a lifetime of personal accomplishments through goal setting and steps that help achieve the goals in our daily lives which parallels a survival mindset in the event of a TEOTWAWKI scenario. Heatherly says :”The Object of this book is to provide a template, or model, to promote the development of a formidable, objective oriented mentality: a mental state that is not affected by negative conditions in any environment.” The information in this book is very important for everyone to incorporate into their daily lives.

Without giving too much information away, Heatherly’s style is to have a quote from someone who has had to survive an horrible ordeal–Vietnam, The Holocaust, Siberia, etc. Then he expands on the topic of the quote by setting goals: day one, first week, one month, et cetera. One theme is the basics of life in a survival situation and the order to acquire them: build a shelter, start a fire, water, and food. Then the author parallels it with everyday life, today shop for groceries, make arrangements for vacation. Then plan for next week, two weeks, three weeks, a month. This is described for both a survival situation/”not rescued” yet it also parallels regular day to day week to week planning of your normal life. Heatherly describes planning for ten to fifteen years up to a whole lifetime. Some other topics are physical health: getting into shape, eating right and life-long goals, and your mental state of being. He also asks: What is in your memory that would help you stay sane and persevere in a dire situation: Memorized scripture, songs, games, stories, music, etc. He stresses that it is very important to have an active world of memories and imagination in our minds. No one can take that from you, so develop it!

I highly recommend this book. It truly is a template for survival. Everyone would benefit from reading this book and implementing Heatherly’s ideas into their lives.

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