The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life, by Ben Sherwood, covers aspects of survival from the sensational to the mundane. It was a bestseller the first year it was published.
Though this is a400 page book, it’s an easy read with plenty of personal stories and scientific findings in shirtsleeve English. Sherwood has a background as a news producer and journalist and writes from an inquirer’s perspective.
The one resounding point from this book is that our mindset and outlook on life are critical if we’re to survive everything from cancer, to a mountain lion attack or a plane crash. Faith in God is of universal importance for many.
Sherwood describes survivors as “super livers” who make the most of life, whatever may be left of it. One of the survival rules he encourages people to remember is that you’re stronger than you know. That applies both physically and emotionally.
There’s another side to the survival coin—why many don’t survive. Disbelief and denial can cause paralysis. Some people forget what to do under pressure. Others are optimistic to the point of being unrealistic. Others refuse to consider the possibilities of what may happen. Often we simply don’t know how to respond to the unexpected and unfamiliar.
Positives for survival include a person’s age and physical condition, personality, will to live, faith, having a supporting social network, and what some would call dumb luck. However, Sherwood relates what experts say about outlook and attitude buoying people up through what we might call bad luck.
Survivors are alert to their surroundings. They don’t ignore intuition. They stay focused and know how to manage fear. Many people grow from events such as traumatic accidents or prisoner of war experiences, proving the adage that “Whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.”
Sherwood deals with other oddities, such as whether there’s a resilience gene, what effect one’s initials and birth date have on survival, and more.
My generalizations here don’t do justice to the book. Take a look for yourself and put these concepts into context. It should be considered a companion to Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why.
Get The Survivors Club by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. That takes you to the page where it’s featured, and you can place your order there.
Consider getting this book as a gift for someone who may not be alert to the importance of having a survivors mindset. You never know where it might lead or whose life it might save.