Ready For Anything
In this article, Steph Nickel reviews “Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Great or Small” by Kathi Lipp.
Looking For Hope
Like many other people, you may be looking for hope during these days of social distancing and self-isolation.
However, her newest book, Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Great or Small, is likely the most timely book Kathi has ever written. So much so that the publisher has pushed up the release date. The e-book will be available on April 7 and is available now for pre-order.
And the pre-order bonuses, which are available until the paperback copy released in May, are well worth securing. They include digital access to the first seven chapters of the book; a two-week meal plan/cookbook; access to the Kickstart to Clutter Free e-course (a $49 value on its own); and a 5-Day Family Curriculum for Crisis Preparation.
The following two free resources are also available: Pantry, Freezer, and Refrigerator Inventory Sheets and a shopping list of non-perishables and shelf-stable foods.
Chapters include “What Ready for Anything Means (and What It Doesn’t Mean)”; “How to Prep without Getting Overwhelmed”; “Take a Financial Inventory”’; “Practice Crisis Cooking”; “Prep Your Kids”; and 18 other chapters, including “Prep Your Pets.”
A Quote From the Book
And now that I’ve downloaded the freebies, I can quote from the book. How great is that!
After describing what happened after a fire broke out two doors down when she was living in a townhouse, Kathi goes on to say …
If you are someone who has a bomb shelter in the backyard … This book is not for you. If you are someone who has written out a plan for every possible emergency scenario, this book is not for you. But if you’re tired of living on the edge … If you’re tired of needing a miracle every day just to survive … If you want to be prepared, not if hard times hit, but when … If you’ve come to understand that planning for the future is biblical wisdom in action … If you are someone who longs to be ahead of the game instead of always catching up … This book is for you. Some of us already know a crisis is coming or are already in the midst of one …Much of our life is out of our control, but by preparing for hard times, or even for an emergency, well, then, at least some of the results are in our control. And the feeling of going from always living in a deficit to getting “caught up,” to actually facing and planning for the future? I can’t even describe how empowering that is. Going from the person who always needed rescuing, who always needed help, to having enough margin in my life that there are times I can be the person giving help? I can’t tell you how much that has changed everything for me.
A Proverbs 31 Prepper
Kathi goes on to outline what it means to be “a Proverbs 31 Prepper.”
Many of us have approached the idea of preparing for a crisis as I have: 1) we think the crisis won’t come—at least not anytime soon; 2) we think God will take care of us if and when tragedy does strike (while this is true, we do have a part to play in our preparedness); and 3) if we’re honest, when we think of preparing for a crisis, we often think of survivalists, who could live just fine in the woods for months at a time.
And, as Kathi says, she didn’t write the book for survivalists. She wrote it for the rest of us.
Preparing For a Crisis
Does the author know firsthand the benefits of preparing for crisis? Kathi writes …
For decades I actively resisted preparing for the unknown. I told myself that it was better just to “trust God” for any situation that came along. But after years of not preparing—and paying the price financially, emotionally, and physically in small crises and large emergencies alike—I realized that my attitude was less about trusting God and more about feeling completely overwhelmed. I was overwhelmed by the different disasters that could befall us. I was overwhelmed by all the preparations that needed to be made. I was overwhelmed by all the time, money, and energy it would take to get prepared. So, instead of taking steps to prepare, I would fall back on “God will provide” and instantly get a mental check mark. But my “just trust God’ theology didn’t really hold water. How was I trusting God when I constantly relied on other people to rescue me? how was I trusting God when I borrowed money when my tire got a hole in it or when I put an ER visit on my credit card? In an emergency, whether it be a job loss, an earthquake, or some other disaster, I would much rather be in a position to help people than be the person in need of help.
Wouldn’t you rather be that person too? I know I would.
And before you say to yourself, “Well, it’s too late now,” know that while the best time to prepare for a crisis is before it hits, the second best time is Now.
From a Christian Perspective
Because it’s written from a Christian perspective, Prepared for Anything walks readers through the steps of what they can do while offering them hope.
To pre-order the book and get instant access to all the freebies, just visit kathilipp.com/rfa
I trust that this book will bring you the information and encouragement that so many of us need. When I originally decided to order Ready for Anything, I did so primarily to support the author. I had no idea how timely it would be. But God did.
Steph Beth Nickel is eclectically interested and eclectically involved. In all she does, Steph seeks to nurture and inspire. She is currently working on the first book in a nonfiction series. Nurture and Inspire LOVE is a compilation of the first devotionals she wrote for HopeStreamRadio.
Steph is a freelance writer and editor. She is the coauthor of Paralympian Deb Willows’ award-winning memoir, Living Beyond My Circumstances, published by Castle Quay Books. Deb and Steph are working on a follow-up book.
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