Book Review: Everything That Remains

Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The MinimalistsEverything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists by Joshua Fields Millburn

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

“Why waste time, say lot word when few word do trick?” -Kevin Malone

“Good author not need tell you he good. Big words not make you seem smarter.” -Me

To be clear, I understand and embrace the idea behind minimalism. I enjoyed the Minimalism documentary on Netflix – in fact, it was life changing for my family. It caused us to re-examine what was important in life and begin the process of decluttering our home and office. The message of The Minimalists is spot on – we live in a materialistic society who needs to understand that more stuff will not fill the void in our lives. Millburn almost gets it. He has learned that material possessions and shallow relationships will not satisfy the longing in your heart that stretches you thin every day and keeps you awake at night. But he hasn’t learned the true source of joy, peace, and contentment.

I was expecting a book that was 50% biographical and 50% practical advise on minimalism, but this book is not about minimalism. This book about the author. It’s 80% biographical, 10% pretentious humble-brag, and 10% words I don’t understand without a dictionary. Honestly, I walked away from this profanity-laced memoir feeling more pity than pleasure. I can only hope that one day when his pen dries up Millburn will realize that he has exchanged one god for another. The True Source of happiness lies elsewhere.

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