Book Review: Everything That Remains by The Minimalists



Everything that Remains is the most life-changing book I have ever read.

From The Minimalists’ website:

What if everything you ever wanted isn’t what you actually want? Twenty-something, suit-clad, and upwardly mobile, Joshua Fields Millburn thought he had everything anyone could ever want. Until he didn’t anymore.

Blindsided by the loss of his mother and his marriage in the same month, Millburn started questioning every aspect of the life he had built for himself. Then, he accidentally discovered a lifestyle known as minimalism…and everything started to change.

That was four years ago. Since, Millburn, now 32, has embraced simplicity. In the pursuit of looking for something more substantial than compulsory consumption and the broken American Dream, he jettisoned most of his material possessions, paid off loads of crippling debt, and walked away from his six-figure career.

So, when everything was gone, what was left? Not a how-to book but a why-to book, Everything That Remains is the touching, surprising story of what happened when one young man decided to let go of everything and begin living more deliberately. Heartrending, uplifting, and deeply personal, this engrossing memoir is peppered with insightful (and often hilarious) interruptions by Ryan Nicodemus, Millburn’s best friend of twenty years.

The Enchanted Alley’s Review:

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (AKA The Minimalists) published their “memoir” Everything that Remains to tell the story of how they went from corporate ladder climbing, overweight, unhappy, debt-riddled folks to embracing life and living purposefully and meaningfully.

The book is written from Joshua’s point of view, but there are endnotes that are interjections by Ryan along the way.  (Quite humorous interjections, at times.)

The story tells of how Joshua (or “Millie” as he is often called in the book) came to become a minimalist, how Ryan also became a minimalist, and how they developed their website and publishing company.  It not only shows their transformation, but it also shows how they approach life differently — how they approach possessions, food, relationships, and even the internet differently! Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?  Well, it is.  Minimalism changed their lives, much like reading this book and seeing them on tour a few months ago has changed mine.  Like many readers, I can see myself in their story.  And I can see the potential for change.

Essays on the topics addressed in the book can be found on their website, but I still highly recommend reading this narrative.  Reading the story from beginning to end and seeing how all the parts fit together change the impact of the story.  It’s more visceral, real, meaningful.

If there is one book that you read this year, it should be this one.  

20370505Essential Info:

Title:  Everything that Remains

Authors: The Minimalists: Joshua Fields Millburn with interjections by Ryan Nicodemus

Publisher: Asymmetrical Press

Length: 216 pages

Price: $7.01 Kindle

Release Date: January 1, 2014

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE


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