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Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists Paperback – January 1, 2014
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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 Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun,Village Voice, LA Weekly, and many other outlets. Visit the authors online at TheMinimalists.com.
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That being said, I wanted to read the book. Ultimately, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't the best I've ever read, either. The book itself, I have to rate 4 stars, but I put the rating as 3 for a couple of reasons.
The message in the story is great, but it's reiterated several times. Not in a conclusive manner, either. The best way that I could describe it is that the author needed filler and a conclusion to every chapter or paragraph. When he wasn't able to conclude in the best way possible, he circled around the same ideas; not unlike every person writing a dreaded essay of 500 words, where they're 50 words short of completion.
The descriptiveness. It was over the top. There are other reviews that discuss it, and they aren't lying...it was almost like this:
"The gray, cloudy sky strew cold, wet, aqua droplets onto the sharpened grass below. We were surrounded by the bitter chill of the day, as we looked out at the icy scenery in front of us."
Really, what you want them to say is: we get it. You were outside on a cold day and it was rainy. Move along. The descriptions in the book...well, they speak for themselves.
Lastly, the verbiage used. Another reviewer said it appeared as though the author had a thesaurus or dictionary handy. It's apparent throughout the book in the addition of words that are just unnecessary.
Overall, the books message is worth the read. I just wish they would have trimmed the fat on it a little bit, and kept with the main story. The extras just worked against it.
2 yrs ago, I had 4 yard sales, sold most everything except for a bedroom suit and some clothes, pictures, etc. I put it in storage and I went traveling as a nurse, and experienced life in California and Alaska. Now I'm ready to come home, but I'm going to get a place in the country, instead of the city, like Joshua moving to Missoula. Already I'm thinking not about what I want to put in this new place, but what I don't want, which is much of the stuff in storage. And I'm seriously considering not having a TV, but I live in hurricane country so I'll need it for weather alerts.
What he's written here is what I've been feeling rustling around in my heart, mind, and soul for quite a while, ie: actually feeling the warmth of the sun, the chill in the air in winter , birds singing, frogs chirping, rain falling, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and the appreciation of the value that my family and dear friends bring to my humble life. Really living, like its my last day on earth. I've also vowed that I want to continue to travel and explore new things. Not spending my hard earned money on Stuff will enable me to follow my dreams!
I'm looking forward to the future, and will probably read this book again, just to keep myself from falling back into my old life of accumulating things, trying to please others, or just keeping up with the Joneses.. I work with young women raising families, buying the latest jewelry, clothing, cars, phones etc and I am resolved not to fall back into that trap again. If there were a Minimalist support group nearby, I'd go to it religiously.
So, thank you fellas, for writing this book and starting a movement. It is much needed and appreciated. Don't sweat the small stuff, and it's all small stuff, right? At least the Stuff is, hiding the real reason for getting up everyday: loving yourself, your family and friends, and living a meaningful enjoyable rest of your life. God bless you both.