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Essential: Essays by The Minimalists [Kindle Edition]

Joshua Fields Millburn , Ryan Nicodemus
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The best of The Minimalists. This book by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus collects the most relevant essays—some short, some long—from their popular website, This collection has been edited and organized to create an experience that's considerably different from reading individual selections online. From simple living, decluttering, and finances, to passion, health, and relationships, Essential is for anyone who desires a more intentional life.

Editorial Reviews


"Helping us end our obsession with stuff."
--LA Weekly

About the Author

The Minimalists--Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus--are bestselling authors and international speakers who write and speak about living a meaningful life with less stuff. Their books include Essential: Essays by The Minimalists, Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life, As a Decade Fades: A Novel, and Everything That Remains: A Memoir. They have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street JournalUSA Today, ForbesBoston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, Toronto StarGlobe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, Village VoiceLA Weekly, and many other outlets. Visit the authors online at

Product Details

  • File Size: 2004 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Asymmetrical Press; 2nd edition (September 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005O0JNQS
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical advice with a very personal touch September 27, 2011
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This collection of essays is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to scale back and focus on what's truly important in life. There's lots of good advice on how to get started in all areas, from career to health to possessions.

The essay that resonated most with me is the one on letting go of sentimental items. Joshua talks about dealing with his mother's belongings after she passed away. It really helped me finally let go of boxes and boxes of stuff I had in the basement, because it was a good reminder that people live on in our hearts and minds, not in objects. That includes me, too -- I really don't need my high school yearbooks to remember my teens, a song on the radio takes me right back as does a conversation with an old friend.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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Millburn and Nicodemus have some good ideas on the philosophy and practice of minimalism, and present them in an accessible way. Most of these essays, read over time on their blog, would be thought-provoking and helpful for one trying to live a minimalist life, but laid end to end in this collection they are unduly repetitive. The grain of their reflections is insufficiently fine to convey a real sense of the texture of the minimalist life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars no personal touch April 27, 2014
By maki
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I rarely write reviews on site as I'm a resident in Japan and only buy English kindle books in site. (There's another site for Japanese Amazon site) That said, I could't help writing a review for this book because I couldn't understand why books written by these two men appealed to American people. Yes I'm from a country where the original Zen concept which is still alive inside me even in a way that I'm least conscious of. But times have changed and a lot of Japanese now consume a lot of stuff and there was a big movement to get rid of them a few years back. So I love the minimalists ideas and way of living, that's why I started reading this book to learn more.
I was so disappointed.... why? Because most of the things here are redundant. They once had a wonderful career, six digit salary, but not happy and they quit to pursue more meaningful life. That's it. Ok I got that. But if one of them ever wants to become a true writer in the future, this guy needs to be more specific to deliver his own story otherwise no one can relate to his story or emphasize at all. Maybe he tries to avoid personal touch so that general experiences may appeal to more readers. But it was simply boring. For example, he said that he had a wonderful career but he wasn't happy. But he never writes any personal stories to tell how unhappy he was at the time, maybe he could share some stories as to how he was struck that he must change his previous way of life.

He can't tell a story of his own. If he wants to become a writer, he needs to explain with his own feelings and words, that to me was lacking in this book. Basic information in this book was nothing noteworthy...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not much more than their blog posts December 4, 2012
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Yes, there are I believe two articles in here not on their blog, save your money and just read the blog instead.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks depth April 24, 2012
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I'm really grateful to be a recipient of a free copy of this book. It had some good advice but lacked depth. I felt like I was reading short blog posts that didn't quite have enough umph to make it to book status. It would have been a little classier if they left out the four letter words. They just didn't add anything of substance.

That being said. I'll continue to be a fan of living minimal which includes not finishing this book as it's just not an enriching use of my time. I'll probably check their blog every few months...
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Luxury of Less! September 30, 2011
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I found these thoughtful fellows a few months ago, and it inspired the best, easiest, and healthiest thing I've done in a while--seriously decluttering my home. It took me about 40 days to do their 21 day plan, but that's fine, and was without breaking my back (some days I just soaked in their well-wrought, hip but sincere essays!). I have been recommending them daily to friends far and wide since, and hope you'll check them out. I donated, transformed and tossed out about 2/3rds of my possessions, so now I only have my best and most beloved and useful things around me and it feels great--my upkeep time has plummeted and my spirits have soared! Thanks Joshua and Ryan!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Impressive Thinking For A 30-Year-Old, But April 24, 2012
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But the thinking is pretty superficial, the essays are repetitive, and these "truths" should be self-evident by anyone who's ever had a deep thought.

On the plus side, I'm always envious of younger people who have "figured out" what life is really about. For the price, you can't go too far wrong reading this short collection. There are things to think about in the writing...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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These essays are strong, yet encouraging, messages of hope through personal change. I'm not one for evangelising people, though it would be remiss of me to not acknowledge that I am grateful for these essays, and the continuing Minimalism community that Joshua & Ryan generously contribute so thoughtfully to.

No matter where you are on the continuum of Minimalism, these essays provide an honest reflection on the authors experiences, bundled with kind consideration for how it might be possible for you to see positive improvement in your life.

I felt an immediate sense of relief on first reading these essays that an alternative existed for my modern disease of "too much debt, too many distractions, too much multi-tasking, too much stuff, .... just too much!". Though, the real value is in re-reading, absorbing and practising small steps of change and seeing how much you gain just by letting some stuff go.

A fresh, honest and compelling truth here that continues to capture my attention.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Inspired writing and enlightened thinking. I thoroughly enjoyed the musings and magic of their writing. I could live without the profanity though.
Published 3 days ago by Scott Webb
2.0 out of 5 stars Essays
I didn't like this book. I understand it's a collection of "Essays", but there was so much redundancy, I was annoyed with it at about the half way mark. Read more
Published 5 days ago by D. Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever since I found their blog I have enjoyed learning from these two...
Ever since I found their blog I have enjoyed learning from these two on how to find deeper meaning in my life. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Caleb
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great stuff, but most of it is also on their website.
Published 14 days ago by Melissa Gilbert
4.0 out of 5 stars good Philosophy - Good ideas
As someone who had to figure out what to do with my 800 T-shirts when I got married 30 years ago, I always knew I had a greater attraction to "stuff" than the average Joe. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jay
3.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't read it so fast.
If I couldn't read it that fast is because it wasn't that interesting. When I went to read the book I just feel like blah. Otherwise I finished and I learned a lot.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Why do "The Minimalists" do soooo much publicity??? If they were truly minimalist, once would be enough.
Published 2 months ago by W...
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
I love these quick and easy to read essays. I love this concept of minimalism. I love the enormity of the authors' passion within the confines of simplicity. Fantastic!
Published 2 months ago by Teri Wellbrock
5.0 out of 5 stars I love their message and their way of thinking
I love their message and their way of thinking. It has truly changed my life.

Thank you Joshua and Ryan for inspiring me to live a more meaningful life.
Published 2 months ago by Hannah C. Blount
4.0 out of 5 stars a very quick and provocative read
Now that we are well into our minimalist journey, I have read several books about minimalism. I enjoyed reading the perspective of these two gentleman. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Yakimom
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