Publisher's Summary

Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things that clutter our lives so we can make room for life's most important things - which actually aren't things at all.
At age 30, best friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus walked away from their six-figure corporate careers, jettisoned most of their material possessions, and started focusing on what's truly important. In their debut book, Joshua and Ryan, authors of the popular website TheMinimalists.com, explore their troubled pasts and descent into depression. Though they had achieved the American Dream, they worked ridiculous hours, wastefully spent money, and lived paycheck to paycheck. Instead of discovering their passions, they pacified themselves with ephemeral indulgences, which only led to more debt, depression, and discontent.
After a pair of life-changing events, Joshua and Ryan discovered minimalism, allowing them to eliminate their excess material things so they could focus on life's most important things: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.
©2015 Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (P)2016 Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
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5 out of 5 stars
By holly on 09-05-2017

This has changed my life!

This book allows one to assess one's life and move toward a happier, more fullfilled existence. I can relate to feeling like my stuff ownes me and that I have little time, energy and resources to nourish the things that matter to me and add value to my life. The concepts in this book are simple, easy to understand, and make so much sense. I have began to make changes in my life and am feeling much better already. Thank you for sharing your wisdom Joshua and Ryan :)

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1 out of 5 stars
By Haley on 20-03-2018

save your time and money, go to their website.

I was hoping for a guide to the minimalist approach, getting started and some story's of how the writers came to it. The book professes to do all these things, but while you may be expecting some information about decluttering and it's benifits, it's actually a book about, health, relationships, passion, growth and giving. it's absolutely drivel from completely unqualified people. The chapter on health starts with we're not dieticians or doctors, but now we're going to tell you how to eat and exercise. I stuck with it, but the droning voice of the reader doesn't help. In one of the first sentences of the book they basically say 'hey were not going to tell you how to become a minimalist (as in the clutter reducing type), that's all for free on our website, instead were going to bore you with new age crap'. It seemed like one of the most frequent and contradictory statements that the book made was where it would say "we're not going to tell you, you have to do this it's totally up to you" but then a few sentences later it would tell you that you must do this or that." For a lifestyle that's is about value, this book is ironically a waste of time and money.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 10-03-2017

Tight version of stuff you can learn on podcast

As with their other books, you probably don’t need it as the podcast covers the same material. But this is a tightly organized version of their message. I think it has a lot of value that other minimalism books miss because it focuses on the why. Why do you want to live a minimalist life? Just getting rid of your stuff doesn’t help because you'll just replace it, as happened to me after reading the Tidying Up books. This shows you the value of living a more deliberate life and the things you can improve (health, relationships. passions, growth, contributions to the world) with the extra time and money you'll have. Nothing stellar, just nuts and bolts. It was useful to me. Grade: A-

Excellent narration. I’m used to their voices from the podcast but Justin Malik is so good that I hear their voices in him now.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Bryan Ausinheiler DPT,OCS,CSCS,FNS on 18-07-2017

Not what I was looking for

Should be titled: 5 values to live a meaningful life. I got this book thinking it would be about the philosophy and practical implementation of living with fewer things, what to get rid of, what to keep etc, there was none of this, instead it read like a life coaching book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tony O on 26-12-2016

Lifechanging

really great book. full of great ideas and personal challenges. a must read for anyone who wants to change their life around.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Ms Ann Barrett on 24-05-2017

Insubstantial

I found this book a little, well, empty.

I love the idea of living a meaningful life and extracting oneself from the pressures of an intensely capitalist existence.

The book is really about the transformation of two American men with '6 figure salaries' who just got tired of it all and decided to concentrate on healthier things. That's it.

Whilst the message is mostly positive, It didn't really speak to me. There was a long passage about pull ups, which I really didn't enjoy. They are certainly on to something, but the book seemed a bit muddled and flimsy.

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