Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus - The Minimalists - left their six-figure careers, jettisoned many of their material possessions, and started focusing on life's most important aspects. And they never looked back.
Simplicity: Essays is The Minimalists' fifth book and second essay collection, a follow-up to their bestselling Minimalism: Essential Essays. In the two years since the authors quit their six-figure corporate jobs and embraced simpler lives, they have written more than 200 essays on the subject of simple living. Simplicity: Essays serves as a "best of" collection for their most important collaborative writings.
This 152-page book contains 46 edited and revised essays about living a meaningful life with less stuff, including "UnAmerican Dream," "Asking Friends & Family to Embrace Change," and "I Am Not the Center of the Universe." It also includes a special forward by The Minimalists and two unpublished essays that can't be found anywhere else: "Simplicity" and "The Worst Christmas Ever."
The order of the essays in this collection is deliberate; they are meant to be read in sequence from beginning to end. Doing so will result in an experience that is different from reading these essays individually throughout the web, connecting various concepts that may otherwise seem unconnected.
These essays were written to encourage readers to think critically about the excess in their lives and, ultimately, to take action towards living more intentionally. This collection is short enough to be read in a few sittings, or it can be digested slowly, reading one essay a day for six weeks, applying its principals each day to your own life.
©2012 Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus (P)2012 Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus
No, I'm new to simple living and this isn't a good introduction.
I'd changed the negative frame of the "others", non-simple people. They talk about how you shouldn't watch the same DVD twice. You should have new experiences instead. That's plain silly to me.
Ok book as audiobook, but it gets repetitive because of the original blog format. A little effort would have made this one book worth keeping..
I loved this book. I'm going to listen again, and buy a hard copy so that I can take notes, adding goals and reminders to my calendar. There are remarkable truths herein!
Now. This narrator. I really don't understand this choice. These authors are Americans, but the narrator is British. He really makes this fascinating book difficult to listen to. He has very little voice inflection, and just didn't seem to fit. It almost felt like a pretentious attempt to do what this book absolutely rails against: make an appearance before others of what one is not!
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