Everything That Remains

Everything That Remains

A Memoir by The Minimalists

Book - 2014
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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. 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.
Publisher: Missoula, Mont. : Asymmetrical Press, c2014
ISBN: 9781938793189
1938793188
Characteristics: 216 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Nicodemus, Ryan

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katbee Aug 28, 2017

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was different from other minimalism books I've read because it wasn't a "how to" book, it was just a story about one person's journey into minimalism. It reminded me of "Eat, Pray, Love" because it also is about an unconventional path to find happiness. I liked the discussions on time, finding your passion and relationships. It gave me new ideas to think about for my own life.

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sunnyfeline
Jul 02, 2017

Interesting memoir of why Joshua (and his best friend Ryan) started this minimalism journey after realizing some things in life. I saw their documentary prior to reading this memoir book, so there were a lot of similar information but it was still interesting to get the whole story of how this all started. Like what another reviewer said on here, there were some repetitive parts but overall it was a good short book to read.

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JudithE
Jun 06, 2015

I liked it and was disappointed at the same time. Some of the ideas were fabulous, but it was somewhat repetitious in places, as if overlapping blogs had been combined without enough editing. I'm not sure what my disappointment was -- maybe it felt a bit young, still feeling its way. Actually it felt to me a bit like the One Minute Manager and books of its ilk -- a few simple ideas, made long and chatty.

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thebritlass
Apr 11, 2015

While not always applicable for everyone (the authors are single men in their thirties who don't have children), the story, told as the journey the authors have taken from corporate life to minimalism, is interesting and thought-provoking, providing the reader with useful tidbits no matter what your current lifestyle. Try to remember to look up the footnotes as you read, as the collaborating author's insights are collected in these back pages and his thoughts are quite humorous. The book had me searching out the authors' website, which is full of additional musings.

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mmarsh14
Mar 11, 2015

though not a self-help book per se, that's exactly how this book affected me. a great read and a mind-opening look at what makes us tick, brings us true happiness, and remind us of all the life we're missing when we chase after the things that don't matter. a great read, would highly recommend this book if you're just starting out on the minimalist journey.

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kellybear
Dec 13, 2014

I checked out this book after listening to a TedTalk by the authors. In places the writing gets bogged down with unnecessary metaphor. Hiowever, I did enjoy the back and forth between the unique voices of the authors, despite having to follow the narrative by flipping between the main story and the end notes.

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sammier
Jan 19, 2014

This book takes you through the "why" of simplifying your life, rather than the "how". Rather than tell you how to rid yourself of all your stuff, it uses the writer's personal stories to illustrate why minimalism is a good idea and why they chose this path. It also covers the benefits they have realised through their lifestyle changes, most notably a high amount of freedom, and shows that the decision to change your lifestyle like this is not an overnight transformation but rather a steady transition from an old mindset to a new way of approaching life. A recommended read if you are looking into the benefits of a simpler, more minimalist lifestyle.

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FootysMaXeD
Mar 06, 2015

"We've been told every day of our lives...that we should pusue more, and that we'll be more happy, more content, once we achieve more...We all know that possessions do not equal happiness. It's just that we've been told this lie for so long that we start to believe it, our hearts start to buy into it, and it begins to affect the way we live our lives."

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sammier
Jan 19, 2014

Call it the 20/20 Theory: basically, anything I jettison can be replaced for less than twenty dollars, in less than twenty minutes from my current location—if I discover I truly need to replace it.

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sammier
Jan 19, 2014

The cliche ends up being true: the more you have, the more you stand to lose.

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sammier
Jan 19, 2014

We tend to hang on to things—jobs, relationships, material possessions—in an effort to feel secure. But many of the things we cling to in search of security actually drain the satisfaction from our lives, leaving us discontented and overwhelmed.

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