Book Review: Love People, Use Things by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus @TheMinimalists @CeladonBooks

Love People, Use Things
Because the Opposite Never Works
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus
Celadon Books, July 2021
ISBN 978-1-250-23651-7

When I received Love People, Use Things by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, I was immediately intrigued. Not only did it seem incredibly interesting, I happen to have a plethora of opportunities for self-improvement. I fully expected to collect cool tips, neat techniques and not much more.

There is so, so much more.

There really are outside factors that can quickly exacerbate a biological issue, such as depression. And, oh-so-importantly, ‘adding value is a basic human instinct’.

The Minimalists, as the authors are also known, are able to articulate sneaking suspicions that may spin in your head. Most of want to be “free”, but without a unit of measure for freedom, it is a challenging concept to grasp. We can all have a tendency to give up something real, to create an illusion.

While certainly nowhere near the point of this book, I learned something surprising, then was annoyed with myself for legitimately being stunned. Sildenafil was a drug developed to treat hypertension. Clinical trials proved it ineffective. Several of the male participants did experience an unexpected and unique side-effect, though. A solution without a problem. Until marketing came up with the term “erectile dysfunction” (yes, it’s a marketing term, not a medical one) and now the world has Viagra.

There are stellar suggestions, in simple steps that are never overwhelming, regarding de-cluttering, and properly cleaning out and cleaning up. The entire tome is packed with legitimately useful information for anyone and everyone. It is written in such a welcoming, easy-to-read way that I will be introducing it to “my” students. They’re soon to be flying the coop and this will be so much more than a packing handbook.

This review was written by jv poore for Buried Under Books, with a huge
“Thank You!” to Celadon Books for the Advance Review Copy, which
I will donate to my favorite high-school classroom library.

Reviewed by jv poore, November 2021.