Book Review Review of The Survival Template by John A Heatherly

Discussion in 'Survival Reading Room' started by melbo, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I was contacted awhile back by a member here at the Monkey, @JohnAHeatherly. He wanted me to review his book: The Survival Template.

    I have to admit that the first thing that came to my mind was “Oh great, another survival manual”. I've read countless survival manuals and guides and have learned 101 ways to make a shelter, fire, water and (fill in the blank - survival topic). I don't need another survival manual...

    I started to read this book one Thursday night while solo camping and had read it 3 times by that Sunday afternoon. It's an amazing book and stands out from other books on survival because of the way it focuses on mindset over skills and techniques.

    The Survival Template isn't long (59 pages) but sets the reader on a course for beginning to exercise their minds now, before that scenario we've prepped for has occurred. So many of our preps focus on products and supplies and while I don't discount the need (luxury) of having stockpiles of things we may not be able to find later, it does little to train our minds and actually just makes us power consumers even if we aren't yet consuming what we are procuring. Proper mindset is paramount to survival.

    The survival template is all about planning – dynamic planning - being able to see your day to day lives in blocks of short term, mid term and long term. This concept meshes perfectly with my own survival philosophy which has always advised those new to preparedness to break their preps down into those very 3 categories: which all build on each other without duplication. The Survival Template helps you to build firm guideposts that define the chart for the progress of your life. This makes you keenly aware of where you're at, where you've been and what you need to do to steer back to the course that you've mapped out.

    The concepts are not complicated and you could likely make one of those 'so easy a caveman could do it' commercials out of the ideas in this book. The great thing about this mindset training is that you can start it now with your day to day lives. If you become disciplined in following the practices, you'll be more organized, more focused and much better prepared for the uncertain times we're heading into. The Survival Template can become the foundation for the way you live and work. If you can find a way to build this foundation strongly, it will be tough to rattle when the going gets tough.

    I don't throw the term 'life changing' around lightly but this book has very likely altered the way I think, the way I plan and the way I see my future as I've laid it out. My career will benefit and I'm already employing the technique in my work life. I manage a 300 Million dollar project and my manager recently asked me to share my 'Best Practices' with the rest of his team after seeing my strategic planning skills kick into overdrive. Much of what I'm working up to fulfill his request aligns perfectly with The Survival Template. Mr. Heatherly could make a small fortune marketing himself as a consultant to corporations who are seeking to instill big picture planning in their middle managers.

    This is a tough book to review without giving away the concept that John has put into words. I highly recommend The Survival Template which is available at the authors site, The Survival Template, as well as on Amazon. It's available in print, kindle and iTunes formats.

    This book is a force multiplier.

    Last edited: Jul 3, 2016
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  2. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    nice review melbo
    i may have to get a copy
  3. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    Thanks for the heads-up. I just loaded it on my Kindle.
  4. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Just loaded it on my iPad2, and iPod Touch.... and I think I will send it to Momma, while she is in Africa, on a Mission....
  5. Sapper John

    Sapper John Analog Monkey in a Digital World

    Going to add this to my "to read" list...
  6. JohnAHeatherly

    JohnAHeatherly Monkey+

    Melbo - thank you for the kind words. If anyone has any questions or if there is anything I can do to help you please let me know.
  7. JohnAHeatherly

    JohnAHeatherly Monkey+

    Rogue Journals is running a sale for readers of The Survival Template. Check out to get a discount on any of their leather journals.

    Disclaimer: I don't make any $$ at all on the journal sales, but I believe in their value as a survival tool and they are a perfect complement to The Survival Template.

  8. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    Just bought. Looking forward to the read
  9. JohnAHeatherly

    JohnAHeatherly Monkey+

    Thanks Clyde, hope you enjoy it. Great quote from Luther!
  10. JohnAHeatherly

    JohnAHeatherly Monkey+

    Guit_fishn and BTPost - please pm me when you get a chance. I'd like to talk to you guys about the book. Thanks!
  11. Cheese Missile

    Cheese Missile Monkey+

    Just got this on Kindle not too long ago and I really enjoyed it. Definitely not another standard book like Melbo mentioned in the review. Now I just have to get off my lazy butt and actually implement it!
  12. JohnAHeatherly

    JohnAHeatherly Monkey+

    Haha - thanks. I wrote the book but sometimes feel the same way!
  13. JohnAHeatherly

    JohnAHeatherly Monkey+

    I am pleased to announce a drawing to win a signed copy of The Survival Template! Reply to this thread to be entered in the drawing to be held Sept. 16th. - 5 copies of the book are available, and shipping is on me. Winners can send their mailing address in a private message after the drawing. After reading the book please return to this thread to post a short review. Thanks!
  14. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    When it is in my budget, I will be buying this book. Excellent review Melbo. Sold me completely.
  15. Yoldering

    Yoldering Monkey+++

    It seems that I will have to get a copy too. Thanks for the review!
  16. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Pirate Biker

    Please enter me! Thanks, WT
  17. Sapper John

    Sapper John Analog Monkey in a Digital World

    Absolutely,great review,plan on getting a copy after all the natural disasters cease. I would love to do a review for you,weather I win or not.
  18. Cephus

    Cephus Monkey+++ Founding Member

    When melbo writes a review all here take notice .
    This place has some the best writers I've ever seen,will have to put this on the to do list.
  19. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Count me in for the freebie, and if I win I'll buy another one.
  20. Bison_Forge

    Bison_Forge Aspiring Knifemaker

    Posting in response to the contest just announced on the authors blog. Looks like a great book.
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