The Everything That Remains summary of the book weaves personal and professional stories into a powerful narrative. Millburn recounts his journey from inner city boy to corporate executive, where everything he’d always believed was suddenly turned on its head. As he attempts to retake control of his own life and reshape his future, he asks tough questions about why he thinks the things he does and how our world has changed beyond recognition.
On the surface, Millburn was a model subject to all the tests: He was charming and upbeat, mentally sharp and physically fit. The results were startling: His IQ had dropped by 39 points. There were mood swings and an inability to focus; he felt restless and irritable and found himself losing interest in things he used to love. After several months of doctor visits, he was finally given a diagnosis that would change his life.
Joshua Fields Millburn weaves a compelling narrative of one man’s life journey—trying to find relevance in a rapidly changing world. The result is a story that resonates with anyone who has felt the difficulty of doing meaningful work and feeling at home in their skin—and it provides the most unusual and profound advice for how to get there.
As the world inches toward war and panic spreads, a family from a homespun Midwestern town embarks on a complex journey that culminates in the most unlikely spot—a trip to Poland to visit their grandmother. In the process, they will finally confront their hopes and expectations and those of history itself.
About Everything That Remains Book
“Like Henry David Thoreau, but with Wi-Fi.” — Boston Globe
What if everything you ever wanted isn’t what you actually want? 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.
That was four years ago. Since, Millburn, now 32, has embraced simplicity. In the pursuit of looking for something more substantial than compulsory consumption and the broken American Dream, he jettisoned most of his material possessions, paid off loads of crippling debt, and walked away from his six-figure career. So, when everything was gone, what was left?
Not a how-to book but a why-to book, 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.