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Love People, Use Things: Because the Opposite Never Works : 'This is a book about how to live more deeply and more fully' Jay Shetty Kindle Edition
'The Minimalists show you how to disconnect from our conditioned material state and reconnect to our true essence: love people and use things. This is not a book about how to live with less, but about how to live more deeply and more fully.'
Jay Shetty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Like a Monk
'Joshua and Ryan have penned an urgent manifesto for the growing movement away from the material and towards the meaningful. An important book for our current moment.'
Cal Newport, New York Times bestselling author of A World Without Email and Digital Minimalism
AS SEEN ON THE NETFLIX DOCUMENTARIES MINIMALISM & LESS IS NOW
How might your life be better with less?
Imagine a life with less: less stuff, less clutter, less stress and debt and discontent - a life with fewer distractions. Now, imagine a life with more: more time, more meaningful relationships, more growth and contribution and contentment - a life of passion, unencumbered by the trappings of the chaotic world around you. What you're imagining is an intentional life. And to get there, you'll have to let go of some clutter that's in the way.
In Love People, Use Things, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus move past simple decluttering to show how minimalism makes room to reevaluate and heal the seven essential relationships in our lives: stuff, truth, self, money, values, creativity and people. They use their own experiences?and those of the people they have met along the minimalist journey?to provide a template for how to live a fuller, more meaningful life.
Because once you have less, you can make room for the right kind of more.
"The Minimalists show you how to disconnect from our conditioned material state and reconnect to our true essence: love people and use things. This is not a book about how to live with less, but about how to live more deeply and more fully."
―Jay Shetty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Like a Monk
"Love People, Use Things is essential reading. The personal stories that led Joshua and Ryan to minimalism resonated with me in a deep way. The Minimalists have added tremendous value to my life."
*PRAISE FOR THE MINIMALISTS*
“These guys are rock stars!” ―Dave Ramsey
“The Minimalists speak eloquently about the spiritual, emotional, and financial liberation that can come with shedding your addiction to excess stuff. They are not monks, and they are not living on one grain of rice a day―they are just regular guys who changed their lives by getting rid of a lot of excess stuff.” ―Elizabeth Gilbert, Author of Eat, Pray, Love
“Like Henry David Thoreau, but with Wi-Fi.” ―Boston Globe
“When it’s cool to have nothing.” ―New York Times
“[With the] charm of their buddy-act, The Minimalists have become the [minimalist] movement’s American ringleaders.” ―New York Magazine
“Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are gradually converting me to the view that the less material things one possesses, the better. These guys are funny, dogma-free exemplars of a less-is-more lifestyle that actually sounds sane as they explain it. It impacts me more and more every week.” ―Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“It’s about more than possessions: it’s about reaching into your value system.” ―Las Vegas Review-Journal
“Regaining control by limiting consumption and by living more meaningful lives.” ―Forbes
“The best way to find happiness is to get rid of almost everything.” ―CBS This Morning
“Perhaps it’s a good time to sit back and look at how we can all live with less.” ―USA Today
“Less has become so much more … Let’s call it minimalism+.” ―Elle
“Two former corporate professionals who willingly walked away from handsome salaries and material-laden lifestyles at the end of their 20s to live ‘a meaningful life’ with less stuff.” ―Business Insider
“By getting rid of everything they don’t need, [The Minimalists] can concentrate on the things in life truly important to them.” ―Missoulian
“Free up more time for your family, and, ultimately, simplify your life.” ―Colorado Parent Magazine
“Serious wisdom about living a happier life.” ―Miami New Times
“How to have it all, with less.” ―Huffington Post
“Poster boys for the minimalist movement.” ―Epoch Times
“The joy of living with less.” ―BBC
“[The Minimalists] inspire readers to take stock of their earthly possessions and question what is truly necessary to live a good life.” ―Library Journal
“[The Minimalists] offer lessons on things like solitude, volunteerism, the importance of community, and other aspects of a more meaningful life.” ―Houston Press
“A recipe to living more deliberately.” ―SF Weekly
“The poster children for living life more deliberately.” ―Louisville.com
“With minimalism, you celebrate having less because you recognize what you do have is what’s most important.” ―Fast Company
“Minimalism might sound austere, but it doesn’t have to be. … It’s not about living with nothing―it’s about living with enough.” ―Manchester Evening News
“The country’s leading evangelists on the virtues of living with less.” ―Slate
“The joy of having less.” ―Today show
“Why having less stuff makes you happier.” ―Washington Post
About the Author
Ryan Nicodemus, better known as one half of The Minimalists, writes about living a meaningful life for more than 2 million readers at TheMinimalists.com.
Nicodemus left his six-figure corporate career at age 30 and went on to become a well-known author and speaker. He has been featured on CBS This Morning, ABC, NBC, FOX, NPR, CBC Radio, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Elle Canada, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Austin American-Statesman, Seattle Times, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, National Post, LA Weekly, Zen Habits, and various other outlets.
Born in 1981, Nicodemus lives in Missoula, Montana, by way of Dayton, Ohio.
- ASIN : B08LPXSFHS
- Publisher : Headline Home (13 July 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1786 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 337 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #147,003 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from other countries
Exploring all of our key relationships - from money and creativity to truth and self - Fields succeeds in elevating the conversation around minimalism beyond decluttering - lending credence and weight to a movement that sometimes stalls at surface-level change.
His invitation, instead, is to look beyond the ‘stuff’ and identify that which is essential in all areas of life.
Neatly intertwining biographical elements with philosophical discussions, the book also empowers you to take positive action via Ryan Nicodemus’ thoughtful prompts concluding each chapter.
Even the most ardent fans of The Minimalists’ podcast and blog will find new territory to break here. A great personal accomplishment for Fields against the backdrop of ill-health, and a testament to his commitment to contribution and the power of focus.
This book is about stepping deeper into life beyond minimalism, and what to do with the space that removing your things creates.
It approaches this through the lens of key 'relationships' we have in our lives. Each chapter has a 'coda' at the end of with a series of coaching questions to work through.
The book is also a way for Josh and Ryan to step deeper into their own experiences, and share new messages and insights from their own journeys.
The book brought together other thinkers and merged this with their own experiences.
Overall, this was useful but I personally knew a lot of the content of eg Dave Ramsey, Cal Newport and many of the other writers/speakers so this was more of a recap for me than new learning. I found myself skimming over these parts a little, just because I knew them so well. Some of it was also sadly out-of-date already eg Chris Hogan no longer works with Ramsey Solutions so those links were out of date already.
I also felt the book was made up of a disparate set of ideas but as a book, did it have enough of a core thread running through to link everything together? Was the core premise really there?
It was a blend of original insights and references to other people but maybe not quite the right balance.
I also felt the balance between instructional content and storytelling wasn't quite right either. I wanted more stories.
I got that the book was a way to 'steward' your life but I felt this didn't come through as the main 'hook' to tie all the aspects together.
The couple of small points I've mentioned mean it's not quite the 5 stars of the other Minimalists books, but that's just my personal point of view and experience and others will relate to it differently.
I'm glad Josh made it through with writing the book and found it so healing after such a difficult time.
It's nice to see the writing and content deepening to a new level and I'm looking forward to what's next on The Minimalists' journey!
Joshua and Ryan now both live what I'd consider simple lives. Not 'The Good Life' simple, and not necessarily easy either, but everything they do they do it with thought and purpose. They do their best not to bring anything into their lives that doesn't add value to it, and anything that is taking value out of their lives they let go. This isn't just stuff, this is work, relationships, food, everything.
I unfortunately flit from being minimal to comfort buying. Having all this stuff inevitably doesn't work as it ends up being a mill stone. I have to look after, clean, move, and manage all this stuff and it's debilitating, which is when I purge.
Luckily I have found that The Minimalists books (especially this one) help me to process things in a healthier way.
Even if you don't like the idea of minimalism I'd seriously recommend reading it anyway. You'll definitely have a few "Oh I do that!" moments.
Letting go is painful, but pain helps us learn.
Regurgitated material from their earlier books with added insights on relationships, a bunch of random references and a whole load of self-promotion from Millburn. I wish Nicodemus was given the opportunity to explore his own learnings and offer his advice. Yet again, Millburn has railroaded another book that reads more of an autobiography / memoir of Millburn rather than a book written by The Minimalists.
I’d give this a hard pass. Read their earlier, simpler book, Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life, instead.