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About the author


I didn't set out to write At Home In the Real World, the need for it found me. My architect husband and I bought a handsome bungalow on a nice street in Pittsburgh in 2011. As a landscape architect, I was outside on our property most days–learning to garden and grow healthy food. That’s when I heard the gunfire and learned that burglaries nearby ranked in City of Pittsburgh’s top 10%. I felt vulnerable. A year later, shocked by an incident close to home, I decided to learn how to strengthen our home and how to defend it and my family if I had to.


This can-do, how-to manual is the result of five years of research, writing, practice and tough lessons from great mentors (including a retired US Marines Major who trained elite military forces, and a retired Law Enforcement Office of 26 years). It’s my roll-up-the-sleeves journey into the willingness and mindset that goes into home security and home / self defense. I'm a stronger person for it; more grounded, aware, and calmly prepared.

Life doesn’t come with manuals for the tough things we all face, so I wrote this one, because you want prevention more than defense. And you need to ready for both.


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At Home in the Real World
A Manual for the Modern Woman in an Unstable World
by Suzy Meyer

Overview


This can do, how-to manual is full of sound ideas, products and DIY projects anyone can implement to strengthen their home or apartment. And, because this is the real world, Meyer presents four lessons in badassery to help unprepared women cultivate the mindset necessary to prevail in a self-defense moment. She covers techniques in unarmed self defense (hands, fingers, feet & knees), improvised weapons, pepper spray, and firearms. No matter your, ability, or sex, there’s a lot you can do. This is her story, going from an unaware homeowner to an empowered individual and home defender. For this book’s narrative, images, and encouragement, it’s been called “a manual to live by.”

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Description


The author sets out with years of solid research and exposes the shocking extent of unreported crimes against people and property. She reveals 5 dangerous myths about police protection, restraining orders, and home security systems, (she quickly rights these misperceptions). Role-playing exercises allow you to be the predator looking for an easy home target. Meyer counters that by showing readers how to detect unwanted persons outside, and strengthen their home or apartment with retail products or DIY projects. These lessons are based on three tenets of home security: Eliminate Surprise • Deter Access • Have a Plan!

Meyer encourages each person to tap into their primal instincts and get strong, physically and mentally. She underscores the need to enhance one's intuition, an excellent tool inherited from your ancestors. In leading up to Defense, we're shown how adrenaline can affect us, and why our responses must be simple and effective.

Regarding home and self defense, she gives careful consideration to unarmed self defense, improvised weapons, pepper spray, and firearms. Whatever one chooses, proper mindset is crucial. Practice is a must. Her treatment on guns for home and self defense is thoughtful, real, and articulate. The combination of personal story, images, quotes and encouragement make this a compelling read that’s been called, "a manual to live by."

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Overview


This can do, how-to manual is full of sound ideas, products and DIY projects anyone can implement to strengthen their home or apartment. And, because this is the real world, Meyer presents four lessons in badassery to help unprepared women cultivate the mindset necessary to prevail in a self-defense moment. She covers techniques in unarmed self defense (hands, fingers, feet & knees), improvised weapons, pepper spray, and firearms. No matter your, ability, or sex, there’s a lot you can do. This is her story, going from an unaware homeowner to an empowered individual and home defender. For this book’s narrative, images, and encouragement, it’s been called “a manual to live by.”

Read more

Description


The author sets out with years of solid research and exposes the shocking extent of unreported crimes against people and property. She reveals 5 dangerous myths about police protection, restraining orders, and home security systems, (she quickly rights these misperceptions). Role-playing exercises allow you to be the predator looking for an easy home target. Meyer counters that by showing readers how to detect unwanted persons outside, and strengthen their home or apartment with retail products or DIY projects. These lessons are based on three tenets of home security: Eliminate Surprise • Deter Access • Have a Plan!

Meyer encourages each person to tap into their primal instincts and get strong, physically and mentally. She underscores the need to enhance one's intuition, an excellent tool inherited from your ancestors. In leading up to Defense, we're shown how adrenaline can affect us, and why our responses must be simple and effective.

Regarding home and self defense, she gives careful consideration to unarmed self defense, improvised weapons, pepper spray, and firearms. Whatever one chooses, proper mindset is crucial. Practice is a must. Her treatment on guns for home and self defense is thoughtful, real, and articulate. The combination of personal story, images, quotes and encouragement make this a compelling read that’s been called, "a manual to live by."

Read more

Book details

Genre:HOUSE & HOME

Subgenre:Security

Language:English

Pages:184

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781543914337


Overview


This can do, how-to manual is full of sound ideas, products and DIY projects anyone can implement to strengthen their home or apartment. And, because this is the real world, Meyer presents four lessons in badassery to help unprepared women cultivate the mindset necessary to prevail in a self-defense moment. She covers techniques in unarmed self defense (hands, fingers, feet & knees), improvised weapons, pepper spray, and firearms. No matter your, ability, or sex, there’s a lot you can do. This is her story, going from an unaware homeowner to an empowered individual and home defender. For this book’s narrative, images, and encouragement, it’s been called “a manual to live by.”

Read more

Description


The author sets out with years of solid research and exposes the shocking extent of unreported crimes against people and property. She reveals 5 dangerous myths about police protection, restraining orders, and home security systems, (she quickly rights these misperceptions). Role-playing exercises allow you to be the predator looking for an easy home target. Meyer counters that by showing readers how to detect unwanted persons outside, and strengthen their home or apartment with retail products or DIY projects. These lessons are based on three tenets of home security: Eliminate Surprise • Deter Access • Have a Plan!

Meyer encourages each person to tap into their primal instincts and get strong, physically and mentally. She underscores the need to enhance one's intuition, an excellent tool inherited from your ancestors. In leading up to Defense, we're shown how adrenaline can affect us, and why our responses must be simple and effective.

Regarding home and self defense, she gives careful consideration to unarmed self defense, improvised weapons, pepper spray, and firearms. Whatever one chooses, proper mindset is crucial. Practice is a must. Her treatment on guns for home and self defense is thoughtful, real, and articulate. The combination of personal story, images, quotes and encouragement make this a compelling read that’s been called, "a manual to live by."

Read more

About the author


I didn't set out to write At Home In the Real World, the need for it found me. My architect husband and I bought a handsome bungalow on a nice street in Pittsburgh in 2011. As a landscape architect, I was outside on our property most days–learning to garden and grow healthy food. That’s when I heard the gunfire and learned that burglaries nearby ranked in City of Pittsburgh’s top 10%. I felt vulnerable. A year later, shocked by an incident close to home, I decided to learn how to strengthen our home and how to defend it and my family if I had to.


This can-do, how-to manual is the result of five years of research, writing, practice and tough lessons from great mentors (including a retired US Marines Major who trained elite military forces, and a retired Law Enforcement Office of 26 years). It’s my roll-up-the-sleeves journey into the willingness and mindset that goes into home security and home / self defense. I'm a stronger person for it; more grounded, aware, and calmly prepared.

Life doesn’t come with manuals for the tough things we all face, so I wrote this one, because you want prevention more than defense. And you need to ready for both.


Read more

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Keith
At Home in the Real World These are troubled times.  We are discovering how, even now, women are being abused and victimized by a society that pays lip service to guarding their rights and physical protection.  At Home in the Real world, is a manual that instructs them in how to guard themselves and their homes from assault. I have made sure the women in my family each has a copy. It is time that women learn how to protect themselves.....how to prevent themselves from becoming victims. Learn how to prevent bad things from happening in their home, and defend themselves and their family, when needed. Suzy Meyer is a leader of the new generation of teachers of this movement. Her lessons are clearly defined ,practical and accessible. Protect yourself. Buy it now! Read more
Kathleen
At Home in the Real World I bought this book at a Gun Show recently in Pittsburgh. I thought all I needed was a gun to keep me safe. Boy was I wrong!! Not only did this book enlighten me on the numerous Gun Laws for Pennsylvania, it more importantly opened my eyes on how PREVENT a break in i.e. fortifying door hinges and window locks. A mat at the front door to announce possible unwanted intruders. There's so much more.I knew very little on protecting myself and loved ones until I started to devour this book. I could go on and on! This is a must read!! Read more
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