- Paperback: 140 pages
- Publisher: Asymmetrical Press; 46258th edition (December 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780615648224
- ISBN-13: 978-0615648224
- ASIN: 0615648223
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 471 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life Paperback – December 8, 2011
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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus are bestselling authors and international speakers who share their message about living a meaningful life with less stuff. Their story has been featured on the TODAY show and in TIME, PEOPLE, Forbes, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, 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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This book focuses briefly on 5 areas of your life to improve to have happiness [I'm not sure how these 5 ideas relate to minimalism, so it was kind of weird]. I think their ideas are solid, and if someone could do what they say in this book, I believe it would improve their life dramatically.
The problem is that the book doesn't actually give you any kind of road map or instructions on how to accomplish what they tell you to accomplish. In the interest of keeping the book "minimal", they don't go into detail. So, for example, one chapter is about improving your relationships and getting rid of destructive relationships. Which I can agree would be a helpful thing. But there are no ideas or instructions on how you actually would go about doing that? The chapter on finding your passion vs your crappy job - cool. I wanna do that! How do I do it? I still have no idea, after reading this book cover to cover.
I found all the chapters like that, honestly, except the one on healthy living. That one has very good detail - and will be completely overwhelming for the average American. They recommend a very restrictive diet [one which I already eat and which I agree 100% will radically improve your health] and a very active lifestyle [which I also agree with]. The health advice is not going to feel "minimal" to the sedentary person who is eating the Standard American Diet though.
So... I love the ideas in this book. But I am no closer to achieving any of them or even having a clue on how to do that after reading this book.
This book was neither. It was a run down of all the awesome things they now experience in their lives as minimalists. Halfway through I started to feel like they were rubbing my nose in it. I really do like their other minimalism centered media.... just not this book. The book feels like someone explaining how great it is to do laps in the deep end while you're working up the nerve to dip your toe in. I know how fantastic it is to be a minimalist, or at least I think I do, what I need is a book to help me figure out how to get there and keep me motivated after I start.
Bottomline is that this book is just ok so I'm giving it a three star rating. This is not the book for aspiring minimalists who want practical advice they can apply to their everyday lives. It is, however, the appropriate tome for those looking for a glimpse through the window of minimalism at what their lives can be like then they have completed the prerequisites.
However, would I recommend this book to others? Yes, if the person reading the book is already showing minimalist leanings. Maybe not if they're a hoarder with 500 items in their wardrobe. If the latter is the case, and you're hoping for change, point them at the website first instead.
Overall, the book is well-written, entertaining and informative. I enjoyed it, and considered it a worthwhile purchase and addition to my Kindle library.