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Essential: Essays by the Minimalists

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Publisher's Summary

The best of the Minimalists!

This book by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus collects the most relevant essays - some short, some long - from their popular website, TheMinimalists.com. 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.

©2015 Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (P)2016 Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 02-25-17
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 02-25-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Podcast is better"

    I like The Minimalists — a lot. They’ve changed my life. As for this books of the “essential” essays cultivated from their blog, it was just all right. They are short and good for reading one or two before bed, and I think it may be too easy to dismiss some of the essays without noticing that each one is often just a brushstroke in a broader picture. And that broader picture is awesome. But, honestly, I get more out of their podcast than I did from this book. Grade: B

    Narration is excellent.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Balázs 12-13-16
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    "Eye opening. Maybe my favorite for this year!"

    Hope that helps me on my way to a more meaningful life. Thanks for the authors I will definetly read this again, and I already made huge differences.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Basel, Switzerland 05-16-17
    Lisa Basel, Switzerland 05-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Narrator speaks like he is on Meth"

    Reader speaks way to fast, like he in a race. The result is that diction suffers and there are times when I had no idea what was said. Content, when understandable, was great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julian/Katrina Cebanos Galvan 01-11-17
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    "Powerful"

    In addition to their podcasts this book makes you analyze and question so many aspects of your life you never would have even given a second thought to. Thank you for sharing your lives and ideas, it has help myself and my family take positive steps forward to have a more meaningful and intentional life.

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    Janice Windt 12-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful. Just beautiful. Thank-you "

    I've been following the Minimalists for some time now. This book articulates the many reasons for the impact they have had on my life and so many others. Beautifully written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A dot Gee Rancho Cordova, CA United States 07-29-17
    A dot Gee Rancho Cordova, CA United States 07-29-17 Member Since 2016

    simplify. serve. solve. sing.

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    "writings and thoughts"

    consistent with their podcasts, tour, and other writings, this collection of essays offers snippets of their findings, thoughts, and suggestions. Give it a listen, or read a few sections every day!

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    Maksym 06-01-17
    Maksym 06-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book on minimalism."

    Not only removal of things, but also removal of all clutter in you life in general - main idea of the book.

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    Clifford Wayne Garner 05-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Enough with the Credits"

    I could not understand why there was a need to always start each individual chapter or Essay with the author's name when it's blatantly obvious who wrote the book, this made for a very difficult listen

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    Tate Bredenkamp Lincoln, NE 05-14-17
    Tate Bredenkamp Lincoln, NE 05-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Redundant With Patches of Golden Truth"

    If you know anything about minimalism it is a philosophy that is inherently minimalistic. The essays is this book are more like a personal journal of particularly Joshua Fields Millburn in which he has to repeatedly remind himself of what is truly important in life. While I can see the necessity and value of such an exercise in his own life it presents itself as quite redundant for the listener. The most enjoyable and impactful aspect of the book by far are the stories of others practicing forms of the minimalist philosophy which brought so much meaning to their lives. Not the impersonal mantras. My advice: don't buy the audiobook. Buy a physical copy, read it slowly over months, and then give it away. As a kind of book of proverbs, perhaps it will be perceived as less tedious by the end.

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    Mrs. M 4 short 03-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Keeper"

    While I don't agree with 100% of this book, a solid 98% resonates with me.

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    "mumbling narrator destroys great content"

    the minimalists have some great content, but here the mumbling narrator destroys it. I'd suggest listening to their podcasts instead, they're significantly more engaging.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dendy
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    "Must read"

    This book is inspiring and motivational. I have learnt many new view points.... but most of all I have been reassured that others have a similar view to mine - not in all areas but most! I have some big decisions ahead and need o embrace the change. I now feel more at ease and also excited about the future.
    Thanks Josh & Ryan

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil Jenkins
    4/27/17
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    "Inspiring"

    Inspiring writing. Has already driven me to make beneficial changes in my life. Thank you.

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  • Craig Ogston
    3/15/17
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    "Fantastic!"

    Really eye-opening! Can't wait to get started on my new minimalist lifestyle! I recommend anyone to pick up their son read through it!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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