Survival handbook

The second best-selling book on campuses these days is Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht’s straight-faced but not unhumorous The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook (Chronicle). The back cover alerts readers, “Caution: Book will explode if scanned.” It is “the indispensable, indestructible guide for surviving life’s sudden turns for the worse. Survival experts provide illustrated, step-by-step instructions on what you need to know FAST.”

Such as how to deliver a baby in a taxicab; how to escape from killer bees; how to survive if your parachute fails to open; how to jump from a moving car; and how to survive a poisonous snake attack. Ever since Christmas, when our former pastor and his spouse gave us a copy, I’ve been thinking of how valuable a clerical copycat version of such a book might be, and have begun asking ministers about their “worst cases.”

 

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