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A frank and beautifully written insight into Joshua Fields Millburn own life, and to some extent Ryan Nicodemus's. It shows how their life paths brought them to minimalism, and how they have used it to benefit in all areas of their lives. There is also a fun project from a number of people who volunteered to have their own 'packing party' and their feedback. Great motivation to edge into minimalism if you haven't already started.
I started reading as soon as my pre-order downloaded to Kindle!
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 Some of it was also sadly out-of-date already eg Chris Hogan no longer works with Ramsey Solutions so those links were out of date already.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!
After a couple of months and getting the book from the library twice, I finished Love People Use Things: because the opposite never works by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus. They are also know as The Minimalists. This book has an interesting premise and some hard thoughts to swallow - looking at you chapter on truth. There are some valuable insights. When you finally get to the relationship with people chapter at the end, hopefully you’ll be ready for it’s ideas. Here are a couple quotes that I liked 1. Letting go of someone doesn’t mean you don’t love that person; it means only that their behavior won’t allow you to participate in the relationship anymore. It doesn’t make you bad or evil or negligent to walk away. You’re making room for a better life. A life of discourse, not of dispute. A life of quality, not quarrels. A life of caring, not clashing. When you graduate from a toxic relationship, you’re not quitting — you are beginning again. 2. Love expands if we don’t hold it tightly. 3. Our struggles end only after our heart has ceased its rhythm.
I didn't agree with everything, but I learned some things and recognized some things to change. I'd say it was a good read for those reasons.
I like the minimalists in general. I have hopped into their podcast from time to time over the years and read articles from their blog. In general I like them, and I was thankful to have their information back when minimalism wasn't as big of a thing and hardly anyone was taking about it. This is my first time reading one of their books. I decided to read this one because of the title. I was interested in them going into a deep dive on the concept of relationships over stuff (in both practical and philosophical ways). And they do a little (devoting a chapter each to our relationship with stuff and our relationship with people). But I feel like the title is a bit misleading because the rest of the book is about our relationship to things having nothing to do with things or people, like truth, creativity, money, etc. Ok, fine, no big deal. Upon realizing this I decided to continue reading anyway, because these can be interesting topics. But, unfortunately, it came across flat. I found myself starting to skip sentences, then entire pages, then entire chapters. I can't say why. Is it because of the writing style? (It was rather long-winded in ways I don't think it needed to be.) Was it because it didn't cover topics that I needed or expected to read about? (See my original confusion above.) I will say, that in general (from my experience with the podcast) I find Joshua less approachable in mindset than Ryan (I often feel that he doesn't really answer listener questions entirely or at all, to the point where sometimes I wonder if he even heard the question), and since he is the author of this book (Ryan just adds some questions for you to ask yourself at the end of each chapter) perhaps that was the reason it felt blah for me? I don't know. I'm sure there are many people who could get a lot out of this book that I did not. But, unfortunately, it was just okay for me. Nothing special, or even useful. I do find their minimalist rules interesting, but you can get a free download of just those on their website.
Joshua Fields’ most accomplished and cohesive work to-date, Love People Use Things is a recipe (not a rule book) for leading a more meaningful and intentional life.
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.
Although this book had great pieces of information and new insights I felt a bit disappointed. I was expecting more about relationship, about whats makes us love people and use things. I think they used many words to describe x thing. A shorter and con-sized book would’ve been greater.
I have enjoyed this book and have recommended it to my family and friends. The advice is practical and the stories from the authors are very heart warming. It felt like a very ‘real’ book and the advice seemed genuine and thoughtful. I have re-read certain chapters over Christmas and find it very motivating and helpful. Great book which I have thoroughly enjoyed.
I was really impressed by the mix of cultural influences, personal stories and inspiring thoughts. I'm sure I'll have to re-read and work with some chapters again to get the most out of it but even after the first run I got many impulses to see my life differently. Some structures are can't be changed within a few weeks but I was regularly encouraged to stay focused and see it as a life-long journey. Thanks guys for all the time, effort and love that went into that pages! Please keep on sharing with the world. :)
Seeing from another perspective. We all have a story to tell - rags to riches, substance abuse, negligence, etc. It’s easy to get wrapped up in all the bad and the struggles and become a victim. It leads to us trying to fill the void. Something is broken or missing in each of us. But the truth is, we have the ability and control to build a happier life. Josh and Ryan provide you with ways to dig into yourself, put you in a mindset of vulnerability, and take a hard, honest look at yourself in a mirror. We can strive to become better people everyday. But we have to get through the clutter before we can see any sense of clarity.