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Essential: Essays by The Minimalists by [Millburn, Joshua Fields, Nicodemus, Ryan]
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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, 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 712 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Asymmetrical Press; 2nd edition (1 May 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005O0JNQS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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The book managed to sum up very well the essence of their website content, and the exclusive essays were also excellent.
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Loved it :) it really wakes me up to what i should focus on in life and many statements throughout the book are hilarious and give such a great laugh :)
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By Jay on 3 February 2016
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Fantastic material here for improving your experience of life. Read it, absorb it, apply it. Your future self will thank you
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Very practical and mind opening book. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas, spoken many times over 19 February 2014
By Cameron - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently got interested in The Minimalists and their work and ideas. They're full of good ideas. So with that I decided I'd try diving deeper into their works and it seemed hard to go wrong with something entitled "Essential Essays" particularly when it was remarkably affordable.

The book is, as it suggests, a series of essays mostly written by Joshua Fields Millburn and most (as it seems) were written near the start of their journey together. Perhaps it was because I was taken by the short video on their website introducing their ideas that I was primed for a specific kind of book, but because of that I was disappointed because this was not that book. The opening few essays are great and set the stage for a big upheaval in two young mens lives. It is written well and feels like something your friend would write to you in an email or letter. I really liked the start.

But over the course of the book the essays devolve into more self-help style "do" (or, to use their term, "must") statements and, while they try to acknowledge that there are lots of ways to be minimalist, the rhetoric gets rather pedantic at times. That's too bad, because the intent is definitely positive and the message is a useful one. Another issue with the book is that, being culled from other works, we see a lot of repetition. By 2/3rds of the way through you're a little tired of hearing that Joshua and Ryan left six-figure jobs and were working 70 hours a week. It might not be so if you read one of these essays on its own, but as a collection its poorly curated for a book form.

The basic premise is good, the ideas are pretty solid and, when not speaking at you but to you, the book has enough redeeming qualities to read. It's a short collection and very reasonably priced so still worth picking up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness with Intention 18 January 2017
By Clyda DiNicola - Published on Amazon.com
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Loving this right now. Trying to take their advice and read and absorb in small chunks. I was so excited after seeing their Netflix story, I bought this book and have already implemented their advice. Looking forward to each chapter and making positive changes in my life...making room for more purposeful and happier experiences without "stuff"
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3.0 out of 5 stars Podcast is better 26 February 2017
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book 1 April 2017
By Tracy - Published on Amazon.com
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Such an enlightening memoir. This book literally changed my life the first time I read it, and I got so much value from it that I read it a second time. The Minimalists' experiences are so relatable, and can give anyone hope of changing their own life for the better, no matter their current circumstances.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very repetitive and at times insightful 20 February 2013
By Markus - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a quick read. There is some interesting stuff in there, and some things that got me thinking about my own life and all the stuff in it. But do we really have to be reminded in each and every essay (almost) that the authors quit their six-figure jobs, god rid of most of their possessions, like to write fiction, etc.? I know this is a collection of blog posts, but it would have been nice to not have every essay point out the exact same things over and over.

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