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The content of James T. Horning and Kimberly A. Horning’s book, Cracking the CODE to Marital Bliss, is best described by the subtitle, How to Go from Pain, Frustration and Boredom to Passion, Pleasure and Purpose. According to the authors, many couples settle for the ordinary and let go of the passion they first felt at the beginning of their union. As presented in the book, it is possible to bring back the beautiful moments. The book proposes three elements that make marriage passionate and sublime, love, polarity and personal development. Each of the three components is discussed in detail.
Cracking the CODE to Marital Bliss by James T. Horning with Kimberly A. Horning is a book with a unique twist on marriage. Instead of just focusing on the survival of marriage, the authors provide systematic tips on taking your marriage to the next level, that is, the point of enjoying the presence of each other and actually delighting in your partner. This was a different approach compared to many books that I have read on the topic.
Another outstanding feature of the book is that the tone used is conversational and in many ways I felt that I could relate to what the author presented. James T. Horning shares some of the mistakes he made along the way in his marriage and what steps worked in making everything right again. The additional personal accounts make his advice even more appealing. The book is also written in a way as to suggest what would and what would not work in a marriage. As I read, I did not feel as if I was coerced to take the advice, rather, the information contained appeared as advice being given to me by a friend.
The book’s structure is also well-designed. Important points and enlightening accounts are summarized away from the main text. The plot is also dotted with informative diagrams, graphs and tables that make reading and understanding quite easy. In one particular diagram, the author illustrates how the three elements that make a great marriage, when blended together, can result in passion and bliss. In another, he assumes a scenario of a couple that is out of sync and goes further to explain how they can rebuild their relationship and attain the state and experience of ‘flow’. To top it all off, action steps are included at the end of every chapter which helped me understand the ways in which the advice could be implemented.
Well-researched and definitely enlightening, I rate Cracking the CODE to Marital Bliss 4 out of 4 stars. Not only do the authors offer life-changing advice, but they also present it in an appealing way.
Cracking the CODE to Marital Bliss
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