It’s taken me quite some time to read this book. I began my minimalist lifestyle in mid-2012. There have been a lot of hiccups in the journey and my spouse and I have definitely made this lifestyle our own.
A well-written account of two friends’ considerations of minimalism, Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life discusses everything from where it all began [for the Minimalists themselves] to in-depth examples of the core values they discovered in the process. I was particularly impressed by the suggestion of making contributions fun. This recommendation coupled with videos I’ve seen have proven Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus to be the most fun-loving individuals to ever pen a how-to book or a memoir.
Most remarkable is the obvious care with which the book was written. Never patronizing of it’s readers, nor does it assume singular superiority on any subject. These two authors bring to the table a varied, yet unified understanding of and empathy toward their readers, providing relatability on a level rarely experienced today.
Though this book does not delve too deeply into the authors’ personal stories [covered in Everything that Remains], it explores minimalistic lifestyle in a way which causes the reader to think. I found myself re-introduced to ideas I’d already considered, only now, they appeared in better lighting under the lamp of this book.
So thankful for this clear glimpse into an often over-complicated lifestyle.
To Route427 Readers: If you’re struggling to find a copy of this book in your state [like I did] ask your local librarian about inter-library loans. In the meantime, I learned so much just from reading their blog, The Minimalists so be sure to check it out as well.