Reviewed by Jennifer Rasmussen

Survival Mom is a disaster preparedness book written by a mom with the intent to teach readers how to prepare for disasters ranging from mild (weekend snowstorm) to large (financial collapse).

I wanted to like this book. I really did. I like Lisa Bedford’s blog, I follow her on Facebook, watched her episode of Doomsday Preppers, and think she really knows her stuff. Unfortunately, I think the editing staff over at Harper may have gotten in the way of her putting out a tremendously successful book. Sadly, this survival book went the way of every other one on the market, and turned into an encyclopedia of knowledge. Granted, it’s really helpful knowledge, but there’s not a single photo, the margins are crammed to overflowing with tips and bullets and lists, and it’s just hard to sit down and digest.

The information is very worthwhile and Lisa did a stupendous job of drilling down to the details of what every home needs to have on hand in the event of a disaster, how to get started on food storage, and other necessary basics. If she’d have been able to present it in an easy-to-read format, I could have easily given it 5 stars. As it is, I’m forced to give it a 3 because of its encyclopedia-like nature.

I do think that Survival Mom would be a great resource for an established prepper to keep on the shelf, but will be far too overwhelming for a beginner.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Jen Greyson writes supernatural thrillers and corporate training guides and tries not to mix the two. You can find her free ebook, How to Build a Writing Platform that Works: The New Path to Publishing, at her website, http://TheSurvivalMama.com.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperOne. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.