Book Review: The Skeleton Code by Alla Campanella & Ken Massey


Skeletons. We all have them hidden away, usually in an overcrowded and unsecure closet where they are likely to rattle loose. As prisoners, their prime directive is to break their shackles and haunt our happiness.

Alla Campanella and Ken Massey have discovered and interviewed many of these free and feral skeletons and the people who didn’t guard them well. Their true stories and raw realities are found in these pages. You will laugh at many, cringe at some, be in awe of others, disbelieve a few, and be challenged by all.

The Skeleton Code is a satirical and humorous look at the many ways we protect our public personas by closeting our personal secrets. The satire helps us wade into the dark and difficult waters of that famous river called Denial.

You can use the facetious strategies of The Code to maximize a self-deluding way of life, but Alla and Ken hope you will look into this mirror and discover The Skeleton Cure, which is a life of deeper self-honesty and transparency.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Skeleton Code is a different kind of self-help book. It is full of satire and humorous stories intended to explain how the skeletons in our closets can affect us and how many of us will do anything to keep those skeletons hidden.

The last two chapters take a serious turn. Chapter 10 explains how toxic keeping secrets can be, causing both physical and psychological problems. Chapter 11 is about the Skeleton Cure and explains how to face your fears and how you can eventually become your truest self. Not having skeletons in the closet is the best way to live. With no skeletons, you can’t fear that someone will open that closet door and find out your secrets.

The authors came up with a fun way to address a serious topic. By using satire and humor, their book isn’t just another boring self-help book, but one that is more enjoyable to read while hopefully learning something about yourself.





Author Bios


ken-masseyKen Massey is a public speaker, author, humorist and minister enjoying the second and truer half of life. He holds two graduate theological degrees and is trained as a life coach, conflict manager and transition specialist. He enjoys golf, and traveling, but finds his greatest fulfillment helping other people discover their true worth as human beings. Ken, a native Texan, loves the beauty and the people of North Carolina, where he and Alla reside.





alla-campanellaAlla Campanella, after traveling throughout the world, has lived in the US since 1992. A longtime student of the arts and humanities, she enjoys her work as an artist and photographer. Alla was inspired to write this book because she heard so many personal and painful secrets from her clients about their failures and foibles and wanted them to face these realities rather than hide from them.



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