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Many couples have a false notion of what married life truly is - and these rose-colored assumptions tend to heighten expectations to such unrealistic levels that couples find themselves frustrated and feeling alone. What if marriage were designed for a specific purpose? What if some of the problems faced in marriage are not meant to be solved, they're meant to be lived t Many couples have a false notion of what married life truly is - and these rose-colored assumptions tend to heighten expectations to such unrealistic levels that couples find themselves frustrated and feeling alone. What if marriage were designed for a specific purpose? What if some of the problems faced in marriage are not meant to be solved, they're meant to be lived through? Because many people don’t understand what marriage is and could be, they hide from each other. To keep the peace, they continue the charades, each spouse reluctantly believing, “I guess this is just how it’s supposed to be.” Consequently, they refuse to get naked with each other in all of that word’s scary yet glorious permutations: emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Naked Marriage encourages you to find yourself and fully reveal yourself, so you and your marriage can become fully alive.


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Many couples have a false notion of what married life truly is - and these rose-colored assumptions tend to heighten expectations to such unrealistic levels that couples find themselves frustrated and feeling alone. What if marriage were designed for a specific purpose? What if some of the problems faced in marriage are not meant to be solved, they're meant to be lived t Many couples have a false notion of what married life truly is - and these rose-colored assumptions tend to heighten expectations to such unrealistic levels that couples find themselves frustrated and feeling alone. What if marriage were designed for a specific purpose? What if some of the problems faced in marriage are not meant to be solved, they're meant to be lived through? Because many people don’t understand what marriage is and could be, they hide from each other. To keep the peace, they continue the charades, each spouse reluctantly believing, “I guess this is just how it’s supposed to be.” Consequently, they refuse to get naked with each other in all of that word’s scary yet glorious permutations: emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Naked Marriage encourages you to find yourself and fully reveal yourself, so you and your marriage can become fully alive.

44 review for Naked Marriage: Uncovering Who You Are And Who You Can Be Together

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth7781

    I've listened to some of Dr Corey Allen's podcasts from his show, Sexy Marriage Radio. This book is a deeper dive exploration of the subjects of those podcasts that are always a frank discussion on improving marriage, but not in the sense of "I need to work on my marriage". Dr Allen takes the flashlight you have spotlighted on your spouse and turns it back onto YOU. As in YOU are the only person under your control. Western culture in general does a huge disservice to men and women alike in the c I've listened to some of Dr Corey Allen's podcasts from his show, Sexy Marriage Radio. This book is a deeper dive exploration of the subjects of those podcasts that are always a frank discussion on improving marriage, but not in the sense of "I need to work on my marriage". Dr Allen takes the flashlight you have spotlighted on your spouse and turns it back onto YOU. As in YOU are the only person under your control. Western culture in general does a huge disservice to men and women alike in the common myth that your spouse will 'complete' you. Actually, Dr Allen argues that your spouse's role is to grow you up and mature you! He falls squarely into the philosophy camp of "marriage is intended to make you holy (read: mature), not necessarily happy". But before you say 'what a downer' and cross this book off your to-read list, let me ask you these questions from the book: - how much time do you have for yourself? - how much time do you have for your relationship? - are you using your time well? At the frenetic pace of 2017, couples leave themselves little if any margin of time. Every minute of every day is spoken for. No time to sit alone with oneself and reflect, meditate, think about what you want in life and what makes you happy. Dr Allen states that without this space, you cannot be fully present in your marriage. We race rushed through life without striving to be fully present in the moment. And the the first step is to focus on yourself (which is quite challenging for women, in general). I chuckled at Dr Allen's suggestion to 'make an obsess appointment'. Instead of fretting over a problem or issue for days or weeks, set aside ten minutes once a day and 'consciously obsess'. Then if the issue pops back into your brain, you have to tell your brain - stop! not helpful! Limit all obsessing to only the time duration of your obsess appointment. Apparently, after just a few days, you will have reframed your thoughts on a stressor that was hogging your time, energy, and mental space. This I gotta' try! Dr Allen promotes that each partner in marriage work on growing their authentic self, pursuing their own interests, and sharpening their individualism. Certainly not the typical marriage advice. But his premise is that mature love is only present with two partners who are authentically themselves, act with integrity, are able to ask for what they want, are totally honest, with no hard attachment to the outcome. A very interesting read, with strong elements of emotional intelligence.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    This was definitely one of my favorite marriage books and also I think my last for the year, need a break to actually apply some concepts. This author is very relatable and his points make a lot of sense and are easy to relate to and apply to your marriage. The wording naked relates to all areas of marriage and sharing emotionally, spiritually and physically. We tend to play charades to keep the peace and yet not really reveal ourselves to one another. The book is based on myths we believe and t This was definitely one of my favorite marriage books and also I think my last for the year, need a break to actually apply some concepts. This author is very relatable and his points make a lot of sense and are easy to relate to and apply to your marriage. The wording naked relates to all areas of marriage and sharing emotionally, spiritually and physically. We tend to play charades to keep the peace and yet not really reveal ourselves to one another. The book is based on myths we believe and the real truth. I definitely think the myth of my spouse completes me and the truth that you were already complete is a key one. The appendixes are key and if you don't have time or your spouse doesn't want to read a lot then just have them read one of those and they will still gain a lot of great information. If it is a husband then definitely Appendix F, in my opinion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Craig Gjerdingen

    Corey Allan delves into common cultural myths about marriage and the truth he has discovered about the myth. He uncovers some of the aspects of marriage that only reveal themselves after the gloss has started to wear off on any marriage that lasts a few years. He challenges the reader to know themselves better and to look first at how is marriage asking you to grow as a person and what depths can that bring to you relationship before focusing elsewhere. He touches on how to recognize fused and a Corey Allan delves into common cultural myths about marriage and the truth he has discovered about the myth. He uncovers some of the aspects of marriage that only reveal themselves after the gloss has started to wear off on any marriage that lasts a few years. He challenges the reader to know themselves better and to look first at how is marriage asking you to grow as a person and what depths can that bring to you relationship before focusing elsewhere. He touches on how to recognize fused and avoidant relationship styles, and encourages the reader to learn to love themselves and learn to self sooth. Corey is one of those writers that wants us to take a good honest look at the troubles marriage brings up, but provides a refreshing response to what we can do about those troubles.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pam Sage

    I don’t normally read this type of book and have been married 40 years. However I enjoyed this book from the beginning. I love the way it is written from both authors perspective (husband and wife). Very down to earth, honest, realistic and useful. No matter if you are newlyweds, engaged, long time married, etc., you will take some very good things from this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Danielle W

    This book stems down to 2 principles: 1. Grow yourself up 2. The purpose of marriage is to make you a better you The text is big and the chapters are short. Broken into small chunks, Allan’s purpose in writing is to get you to look at and fix yourself rather than “fix” your spouse or “fix” your marriage. I feel like both my husbands and I (and our marriage) are pretty healthy, so not a lot was new or profound, but here’s a couple take-away quotes: P4 “the marriage of your dreams is very likely not t This book stems down to 2 principles: 1. Grow yourself up 2. The purpose of marriage is to make you a better you The text is big and the chapters are short. Broken into small chunks, Allan’s purpose in writing is to get you to look at and fix yourself rather than “fix” your spouse or “fix” your marriage. I feel like both my husbands and I (and our marriage) are pretty healthy, so not a lot was new or profound, but here’s a couple take-away quotes: P4 “the marriage of your dreams is very likely not the marriage of your spouses dreams” P6 “ I believe all marriages are meant to have problems so we might better see ourselves and be mature“ P102 A marriage fully aliveness one where you give without expecting anything in return P104 Marriage is about growing us into better people P106 Compromise: that moment when each party goes away equally unhappy

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