and Science that Could Save Your Life
by Ben Sherwood
audio book: 11.5 hours
*** About the Book ***
What is it that causes certain people to survive physical and/or emotional disasters while others who have the same experience don't make it through? Is it luck? Coincidence? Faith? Something else? According to this book, it is a combination of those things, plus genetics, attitude, and lots more. This book attempts to identify all the factors that make a person into a survivor ... and also show the reader how to become a survivor (if the need ever arises).
*** My Thoughts ***
This is a fascinating book! It combines amazing stories of survival with a discussion of the science of surviving. The stories in the book are simply amazing - some you've likely heard on the news, others will be new to you, but they are all incredible. The author really wanted to understand the WHY behind these survival stories and he sought out scientists and survivalists to help him in that quest.
What I learned is that yes, part of survival is pure luck, but there is a great deal that you are actually in control of. You CAN improve your luck, and you CAN survive just about anything by using the personality tools you already have.
At the end of the book you are directed to a website where you can take a Survival IQ test. The test shows which of the 5 types of survivor you are and also the top 3 (of 12 possible) "tools" you have the most of. According to my test results, I am a "Believer" and my tools are "Hope, Love, and Flow." After reading the description of those results I'm convinced that it is correct in my case.
This is a unique book, different than anything I've read/listened to before, and I quite enjoyed it.
*** The Narrator ***
This book is narrated by the author and he did an excellent job. I've said before that I prefer authors to narrate their own books if possible because it adds an extra dimension to the listening experience for me. That was true in this case as well.
*** Other Reviews ***
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