Friday, November 15, 2013

At Home In Dogwood Mudhole {Review}


At Home In Dogwood Mudhole is the epic journal of Franklin Sanders and his family.  As they began to prepare for the great Y2K pandemonium, the Sanders' began writing a letters of their life's preparations and events.  These letters, which were originally published in "The Moneychanger" newsletter, become the basis for the two book series At Home In Dogwood Mudhole.

Many times, I sit back and think how life was back before the digital age.  I wonder what it was like to live as my ancestors did.  Through Volume 1 of At Home In Dogwood Mudhole: Nothing That Eats, I was able to imagine the life even more.  


Franklin Sanders, the author of At Home In Dogwood Mudhole

Franklin Sanders decided to move his entire family - wife, kids, grandkids and pets - to a farm called Dogwood Mudhole.  It was there that they reinvented and changed their entire lives.  Learning to live and survive much like our ancestors did.  His accounts of their life bring forth imagery that most books fail to project of a life many no longer are able to achieve.

The Sanders learned how to care for multitudes of animals, despite Susan's proclamation that they'd acquire nothing that eats.  They learned to plow fields using horses.  They learned to plant fields and eat what they reaped and sowed from those crops.  But more than that, the Sanders learned about living together and the love of a family.  Through their preparations the Sanders learn to enjoy life and each other.  Lessons like these are few and far between in this day and age of fast-paced digital living.

This book left me with a better understanding of times past.  It also made me realize the importance of preparing for the future of our life in this country.  I have also gained a stronger appreciation of my family, seeing many things from the book that I can change in our own lives to make things improved for us, bringing us closer together as well.

At Home In Dogwood Mudhole by Franklin Sanders is available in Paperback for $22.95 or on Kindle for $16.95.  It's 379 pages long containing four sections and multiple chapters.  The text also includes photographs of the Sanders life while preparing for Y2K and learning to get back to life the way it once was.  
I found the writing style of the book to be fun.  I enjoy reading old artifacts and journals so this was right up my ally.  It is written in letters put together like a journal, so everything reads into each other but instead of being listed as days, each letter has a title.  Years are provided throughout the letters so that you have an idea of the time of year it was.  It all comes together amazingly well and makes an enjoyable read.  A perfect book for adults and teens to read!

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1 comment:

  1. On behalf of the Sanders family, thank you for taking the time to read the book and post your review. We would like to let your readers know they can get free shipping (for up to 2 books, to US addresses only) by using the discount code TOSFREE at checkout. Thanks again, and God bless!

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