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Essential: Essays by The Minimalists [Kindle Edition]

Joshua Fields Millburn , Ryan Nicodemus
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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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.

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About the Author

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938793013
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Asymmetrical Press; 2nd edition (24 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005O0JNQS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,092 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minimalism Essential Essays - my review 30 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A pleasant view of all things minimalist - an absolute tonic of a read.

To place yourself in these situations is all positive, absorb & act on, each piece of advice & train of thought is genuine, helpful & sincere - I get a lot from their website & mailouts, this being no exception. Whatever department of your life you feel is lacking, or in need of a spring clean or rethink, its all here - kick back, unwind, sit in silence & indulge yourself - who knows, it could change everything for you, I really believe that. Nice work lads :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars High on philosophy. Low on practical steps to help. 16 Sept. 2014
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Quite disappointing really. They have managed to raise the rather prosaic topic of de-cluttering to philosophical levels while not really adding anything to the subject. It's all terribly vague when the reader really needs constructive steps to reduce the volume of possessions which are largely not needed or serve no purpose. These very short essays give you general statements about why you should free yourself of possessions but if you are downloading this book you already are aware that you need to offload a lot of impedimenta.

To be honest you'd be better off getting a practical book on de-cluttering. There are a lot on the market - some with accompanying philosophies like Buddhism or Chinese religion etc but you can safely ignore that and still relieve yourself of objects which serve a psychological purpose for you and not a physical need. These short essays tell us more about the writers' lifestyles than you really need to know. I didn't finish the book as I could tell early on that it wasn't going to do anything to lighten my load. If you just want a practical book on the subject try 'Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui'. I reviewed it years ago. It's one you can ignore the philosophy on but take the practical steps you need to empty your space of rubbish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I have been reading the essays on the website and this structured collection does a great job of combining these essays into a guide for including minimalism into your life. It's full of useful information, insight, humour and personal examples from the authors. If you feel that life is full of excess and you want to start to say "no thanks" to the endless cycle of working longer, harder for a bigger "better" way of life-this is the place to start!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 27 Sept. 2011
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Not a long book, a minimalist one :) Seriously though, this is a great set of essays from some fascinating guys who have changed their lives completely and therefore speak from deep understanding. Well worth the small price tag.
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By mimi
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Interesting, after having attended one of their talks on their world tour. As they are separate essays the content tends to be a bit repetitive (when they introduce themselves and explain their background) but they still give a good idea of their thoughts on different aspects of life and they give tips on how to change your own life for the better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book 2 Sept. 2012
By kerry
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Really interesting read, a collection of essays on minimalism and living a meaningful life. Inspires me to want to learn more and venture more into the world of minimalism and makes me want to live a more meaningful life.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A collection of repetitive blog posts 26 Jan. 2015
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Whilst I enjoyed some of the content and it made me think, it is very repetitive and after a while began to feel like an ego stroke for the two guys.

The constant "I left my 6 figure job... did i tell you that? Let me tell you again" started to get to me after a while, and while they say that, you do not have to be a white, middle class, single male they do not really offer a perspective on how people from differing social and economic backgrounds can embrace minimalism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 28 July 2014
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For any aspiring minimalist, or even someone interested in simplifying life, read this book. It's a great springboard and introduction to the amazing The Minamilists website. You won't regret this purchase! It's well written, positive and best of all encourages you to change and question yourself. ...what's not to love?!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive. Glad it was cheap.
A few interesting ideas, but repetitive as a book. I'm glad I didn't pay more than a pound for it.
Published 10 days ago by Mr. M. Gonzalez
2.0 out of 5 stars Trite and disappointing
This tells me nothing about achieving a minimalist lifestyle but tells me a lot about how great they think they are at it. Full of trite and largely unoriginal sound bites. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SAH
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
A very good book. Really makes minimalism a concept worth following. A definite must read
Published 2 months ago by Balaji Reguna
5.0 out of 5 stars A true inspiration
I came accross this book at exactly the right time in my life, and honestly these guys helped me immensely. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JennyBean
4.0 out of 5 stars food for thought..and action
The typos are irritating....I shall rise above them
Anyone who is starting to notice how full their life is...full of stuff...will appreciate this book
Published 6 months ago by beani
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent in every way!
Thought provoking and challenging
Published 9 months ago by mike morris
4.0 out of 5 stars just enough
In the spirit of minimalism this book said just enough to inspire me to make some changes. Thank you very much.
Published 10 months ago by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars Really appreciated this book
As someone who yearns for a minimalistic life I loved this book and will refer to it often on my journey. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Anna P
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I really enjoyed this book. They essays are on the website however it adds something extra to read them grouped under the different headings. Read more
Published on 26 April 2013 by kettlemama
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