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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  9,274 ratings  ·  838 reviews
Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life is our finest, most important creation to date. It’s also the best thing we’ve ever written about Minimalism and will likely serve as the cornerstone to our work for years to come. It took us a year to write this book—a year of creating the best material possible and finding ways to relate it back to our lives so you would have practical ...more
Kindle Edition, 138 pages
Published December 4th 2011 by Mins Publishing
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Bearbig This book is not about how to be a minimalist, it is a spiritual type of book which I'm not a fan of it. If you would like to know how to minimize you…moreThis book is not about how to be a minimalist, it is a spiritual type of book which I'm not a fan of it. If you would like to know how to minimize your life and stuff, this book won't help very much. The book Danshari or their blog: could be more helpful for you.(less)
Christine We read Minimaslism: Live a Menaingfuk Life in my creative book club and we all loved it. It’s a quick read, but wraps up very simply what you can do …moreWe read Minimaslism: Live a Menaingfuk Life in my creative book club and we all loved it. It’s a quick read, but wraps up very simply what you can do to improve all areas of your life - finances, health, relationships, passion/work. We all took action based on the book. That was the coolest part about it! It made a big impact on all of us(less)

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Dr. Appu Sasidharan
I fortuitously stumbled upon the concept of minimalism. The following images show how I reached here.




I think that it will be befitting to review this book in a minimalistic way.

This is one of the best books on minimalism. Just go for it. You won't be disappointed.
May 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-fiction
Although I don't have a million possessions, I'm always looking for ways to simplify and make life easier, which is why I sometimes read these types of books. I should admit that I am more than a little skeptical of those able to quit their jobs and then make money telling the rest of us how to simplify. This book was very focused on their story and in addition to that, it offered tips on how to live a more meaningful life by basically explaining how they did that. It was far more focused on mea ...more
This is supposed to be a book how living a minimalist lifestyle. It's actually more about how to live a meaningful life. Or, as the actual title should be, How to Live a Meaningful Life According to Joshua and Ryan.

As much as the author's overall ideas on how to change your life are just fine (and very pat), this book has way too much I in it. I used to have a good job. I used to have a huge house! I used to manage lots of people. I now own a house on the beach. I now volunteer. I now can do 100
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The title is misleading as very little of this book has to do with minimalism. It should've been called "The Five Values" as the authors spend more time talking about their eating habits, exercise routines and how many people visit their blog than minimalism. It is a very self-centered book (be prepared to hear how much they were earning and how brave they were to give it all up again and again) with most paragraphs being littered with URL links to their own blog for "further reading". The autho ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Two wealthy white guys tell you to exercise more regularly, give up gluten and quit your job to focus on your "passions". They also talk a lot about how they can now do 100 push-ups and wake up at 5am to write. Minimalism is discussed, minimally, on two occasions, the latter referring you on to a link to their blog. Best decluttering tip I've learned from this book is not to buy it. ...more
Joanna K
Mar 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately this isn't a book for those of us who can't quit our jobs to pursue our passions because we need the benefits that come with our full-time jobs. I see their point that we should try to pare down the things that drag us down in life. But the world would be a pretty lousy place if we all dropped everything and followed our passions. Nobody has a passion to be a garbage man, or a tax collector. But we need those people.

I would love to see a book about minimalism that shows how to liv
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

I was probably 13 or 14 when I first read those words by Thoreau.
I was instantly smitten.
Not just with Thoreau (although I can admit to a type of historical/philosophical/literary crush), but with the whole concept. Somewhere it implanted itself within me and affirmed in me the nee
Brenda Wegner
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Went to see these two speak in Des Moines and being a maximalist, I ended up buying two of their books. I check out their web site once a week or so and I enjoy reading their posts more than I enjoyed reading this book. It's probably just because I'm getting old, but I don't like young whippersnappers explaining the things they've figured out so far. Talk to me in 20 years boys. ...more
Tuna Turan
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uzun bir süre önce, 'Minimalizm: Önemli Şeylere Dair Bir Belgesel' isimli bir belgesel izlemiştim. Belgesel de iki adam vardı ve inanılmaz mutlu görünüyorlardı. Altı rakamlı maaşlarını bırakıp, fazla eşyalarından kurtulmuş ve anlamlı bir yaşam arayışına girmişlerdi..
Mutlu olmanın yolu gerçekten bu şekilde mi yaşamaktı? Başlangıç olarak hemen kalkıp nadiren giydiğim eşyaları dolabımdan çıkardım. Gömleklerim sıkış sıkış
görünmüyordu ve onlara gerçekten ihtiyacım yoktu. Bu biraz olsun beni mutlu et
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
The book should be titled "Quit your job and live like a hipster."

I am all for living minimally (which I already do) but the "tips" in this book are lacking depth. It's a great book for anyone who doesn't think for themselves or lacks common sense. I skimmed through the first 20 -30 pages as it was all common sense, exercise, eat healthy, keep great relationships, etc.

Most of the help in this book is quite biased. They lost all credibility when they started to push their vegetarian and gluten-f
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a re-read for me! After finishing this book I had some problems rating it.

On the one hand, I loved the chapters on having meaningful relationships and pursuing your passion without letting your anchors hold you back.

On the other hand I really disliked the chapter on health, because a lot of scientifically incorrect information was presented. Another big gripe I have with this book is that, despite the title, it is not about minimalism! A better title would have been ‘The Five Values’
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very simple book, but it had a lot of thought provoking things. It does not talk a lot about minimalism or how to become one. So the title might not be the best. I'm already a minimalist, so I didn't need a how to. The parts about 5 values that are important in life really spoke to me. There are a couple of these I need to focus on. ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
New (& improved?) Review:

I think that many of my friends would consider me to be somewhat of a minimalist. Not in any calculated or philosophical sense of the word, but rather from the perspective that I don’t have a lot of junk (at least not in plain sight). I however know the truth. Inspite of the perceived lack of junk laying around I am just as enmeshed in the consumerist culture of the United States as most people. I have recognized this for a while now but have never actively or formally a
Jan 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Ganz viel "wir" "wir" wir" wir"..... An der Lebensgeschichte der beiden bin ich eigentlich nicht interessiert. Ich empfand es mehr als Lebensratgeber (dabei aber sehr allgemein und simpel gehalten). Habe etwas anderes erwartet und kann nichts davon "mitnehmen". Ein Stern gibts fürs Cover welches mir sehr gut gefällt. ...more
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is indeed minimalistic book about minimalism - the subject is present only in first and last chapter. Better title for this book should be "How Joshua and Ryan have changed their lives". I was excited from the first chapter and bought the rest of the book, which I've found disappointing at the end. This is not author's fault, I've just had different expectation. ...more
Hannah - The BookSirens Babe
I wish I had read the reviews on Goodreads before picking this book up. I’m a huge fan of minimalism in design, and I hope to practice it someday in life. The book, though, is not so much about minimalism but about the two authors sharing their views about how to live a meaningful life. The book also fails to connect with me because all I read was the authors going I did this, I have that, I left this. To me, that instantly leads to a disconnect, which leads to me losing all interest in the book ...more
Nastaran Najafi
«مینیمالیسم ابزاری است تا به کمک آن به آزادی دست یابید.آزادی از ترس،آزادی از نگرانی، آزادی از سردرگمی، آزادی از احساس گناه،آزادی از افسردگی، آزادی از اسارت.آزادی.آزادی حقیقی.»
Mar 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 35 pages, just could not get past the whole ‘give up sugar and anything processed’ it felt so judgy to me and I was kind of enjoying it up to that point but it made me not want to listen to anything else they had to say.
I feel like this was written for themselves rather than other people, talking about their dream life and their bad pasts and all that which of course, yeah write about if that’s what you wanna do. But it’s not what I wanted to read, will find another book on meaningful li
I would have liked this a lot more if the content had actually been in the book. So often they would just get going on a topic, only to stop and refer me to a site on the blog for more information, and then move on to something else.
Tara Brabazon
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Two random blokes explaining why they failed when they had stuff and why then succeeded when they got rid of it.


This is a self-help book, and like many self-help books, it's going to tell you a lot of things you already know. It's probably more useful for people looking for motivation, not revelation. Also, it seems to describe some eastern philosophy and ideas, but applied to a western consumer mindset. ...more
Eddard Hordas
Mar 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El Minimalismo no trata de vivir con pocas cosas como la mayoría cree. Trata, más que nada, de vivir sin aquello que estorba (anclas), y esto aplica no solamente a cosas materiales, también a aspectos de la personalidad, metas sin sentido, compañeros de trabajo, familiares, amistades, relaciones amorosas, deudas, trabajos o actividades que no dejan provecho alguno en la vida. Los escritores, Joshua y Ryan, explican que su ideología del Minimalismo gira en torno a 5 valores principales: pasión (a ...more
Hayatınızı daha anlamlı kılan beş değere (sağlık,ilişkiler,tutkular,gelişim,katkı) ulaşma ve bu süreçte minimalizmden faydalanmayı anlatıyor Joshua F. Millburn ve Ryan Nicodemus.Evet bilinmeyen şeylerden bahsetmiyorlar,akademik bir dil de kullanmıyorlar..Ancak kendi hayatlarına uyguladıkları şeyleri,açıklıkla paylaşmaları kitabı okunabilir ve cazip kılıyor..Önerdikleri çözümler ise karmaşık ve fazla çaba gerektirmiyor ki bu da bir diğer artısı olarak değerlendirilebilir.
etwas enttäuschend... für Einsteiger vielleicht interessant aber die meißten Themen und Ideen die angesprochen wurden waren nichts neues. Außerdem hat mir der direkte Bezug zum Minimalismus gefehlt. Die einzelnen praktischen Übungen waren eine nette Anregung, davon hätte ich ir mehr gewünscht.
Irgendwie eher meh.
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shed the Anchors
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
1.5 stars if I could be more specific. I read this during my passionate love affair with minimalism, which made a lasting impression, but which I didn't ultimately embrace as gospel.

The premise: Two former corporate types leave their high-paying corporate jobs and embark on a minimalist lifestyle consisting of restricted eating, food intolerances, exercise, non-traditional work and owning very few possessions. Some interesting and inspirational tidbits here and there (but I'm afraid I've forgot
Virginia Cope
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5 stars for me on this one.

I received this book as a gift and this statement..."I'm not saying you need to rethink your life or anything but this book really influenced me so I wanted you to read it so we could talk about it."

AWESOME! I love talking about books so here's a few of my opinions on my latest read, Minimalism.

Firstly, the name is extremely misleading. If you were instantaneously turned off because giving away all of your junk and living in a small house is not appealing,
Nathan Schumer
I started to read this book this morning. I was introduced into minimalism last year by Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus after watching a Ted talk-by them- on the very same subject.
Before this, I had no idea in which context the word 'Minimalism' really meant.
After doing more research I found a bag of neuroscience and psychology mangled into the effect of living a more simple life... Minimalism. I found after reading this book, which includes the authors own stories, I learnt that happiness
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, nonfiction
3,5 stars

Okay, so the writing wasn't always great. It's a bit too focused on their personal lives sometimes. We get it, you used to make over six figures and you bought fancy cars and houses, etc, etc, whatever. It got a bit old. HOWEVER, this book did give me completely new insights that are improving my life already. They ask questions that appear simple but really open up new ways of looking at the current state of your life.

I wouldn't say this is what I expected from a book about minimalism
Mark Robison
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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Joshua Fields Millburn is one half of the simple-living duo The Minimalists. As the bestselling author of five books, Millburn has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Time magazine and has spoken at Harvard, Apple, and Google. His podcast, The Minimalists Podcast, is often the #1 health show on Apple Podcasts, and his popular documentary, MINIMALISM, is available on Netfl ...more

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