Everything that Remains

Everything that Remains


Twenty-something, suit-clad, and upwardly mobile, Joshua Fields Millburn thought he had everything anyone could ever want. Until he didn't anymore.

Blindsided by the loss of his mother and his marriage in the same month, Millburn started questioning every aspect of the life he had built for himself. Then, he accidentally discovered a lifestyle known as minimalism...and everything started to change.

In the pursuit of looking for something more substantial than compulsory consumption and the broken American Dream, Millburn jettisoned most of his material possessions and walked away from his six-figure career.

“Everything That Remains” is the touching, surprising story of what happened when one young man decided to let go of everything and begin living more deliberately. Heartrending, uplifting, and deeply personal, this engrossing memoir is peppered with insightful (and often hilarious) interruptions by Ryan Nicodemus, Millburn's best friend of twenty years.  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)


While this book was good, if you’re familiar with “The Minimalists” and have read many of their essays online you’ll find that this book is repetitive content.  If you’re new to the minimalism and are not so sure about it, this will be a fantastic book to introduce you to the concepts.

I had read much of the web content followed by “Minimalism: Life a Meaningful Life” and found it much more helpful in my life because I was looking for ways to apply minimalist concepts.  I can’t say that I dislike this book, because when I read the essays online this was revolutionary to me, but having recently gone back I found myself and skipping ahead since I had remembered the content.  That being said, I am probably going to send this book to people in my life that are confused or have questions about the concepts!

Rating: 3 stars!

Who should read it? Anyone interested in minimalism or learning how to do more with less.