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'Do you want a better 'brain'? Or put another way, do you want better relationships by understanding how Almighty God wired our brains? If your answer is yes (and it should be if you're serious about building a strong family), then do what my wife and I did: Read this book! You won't find 'over your head' technical here - just wise words from a couple smart enough to help you and me realize how fearfully and wonderfully we're made for great relationships!' -- John Trent, PhD

'Judy and I have been married for 43 years and have found 'His Brain, Her Brain' to be very helpful in thinking through our relationship as it exists now and where it could go in the future. Thanks to Walt and Barb for writing a very practical, straightforward book to help couples who desire to honor God with their marriages.' -- Ron Blue

'Walt and Barb Larimore have written an engaging, practical manual that will make you laugh and think and will encourage the transformation that allows you to become the husband or wife God designed you to be. Cutting-edge medical science. Solid biblical truth. Practical marital wisdom. A genuine gem for the married and for those seeking a mate.' -- William R. Cutrer

'Powerful, perceptive, and practical. 'His Brain, Her Brain' is a miracle medication for marriages. It clears the fog that causes relationship collisions. Don't drive home without it.' -- David Stevens

'A delightful, insightful, and important read for every couple -- and for those who counsel and minister to them.' -- Tim Clinton

'Barb and Walt Larimore beautifully blend humor and easy-to-understand neuroscience to reveal the mysteries of how women and men are uniquely wired. These discoveries are certain to rescue many marriages and bring fulfillment to many more. I wish I had read 'His Brain, Her Brain' early in my marriage. I plan to give a copy to each of my children and their spouses.' -- Gene Rudd

'The missing pieces we've all looked for in a marriage come together in 'His Brain, Her Brain!' Walt and Barb do an amazing job of pulling out the differences in our makeup as men and women and turning them into unifying factors. Every couple in America should grab a copy of this book if they truly want a fulfilling, lifelong marriage. It's more than just a 'gender difference book'; it's an eye-opener and marriage saver!' -- Joe White

'My wife, Mary, and I absolutely love this book. We agree that if all engaged and married couples read this book with open minds and open hearts, the divorce rate will drop significantly.' -- Lyle W. Dorsett

'If you and your spouse want to better understand God's plan for marriage, learn how to identify God's blueprint for each of you, and use this knowledge to build a lasting and fulfilling marriage, 'His Brain, Her Brain' may be just the tool the two of you need.' -- Don Hawkins

'Viva la difference! Walt and Barb document what we all know to be true from personal experience, then help us apply these wonderful God-created differences as husbands and wives.' -- Gary DeSalvo

'My wife, Norma, and I read 'His Brain, Her Brain' together. Our friends Walt and Barb Larimore identify the physiological and chemical differences in men and women that explain so much about why men act the way they act and why women are the way they are. Norma and I immediately saw ourselves and our God-created differences in a new light. I wish we had read it 30 years ago!' -- Wayne Petersen

'I wasn't sure another book on men and women was needed. However, once I got into the meat of Walt and Barb's book, I began to feel differently. 'His Brain, Her Brain' is an honest and accurate picture of men and women and the wonderful design God has in store for us. I loved the blend of clinical and practical. This is a book I will recommend to others.' -- Dave Flower

'The Larimores have written a wonderful book that makes the perfect wedding gift! Many of us have tried for decades to figure out our spouses. The Larimores have unraveled the mystery of male and female in a way that is not only an enjoyable read, but educational as well. So what are you waiting for? Pick up a copy of this book, and begin to surprise your spouse with all of your newfound understanding!' Diane Passno, Senior Vice President, Focus on the Family -- Diane Passno

'We felt like the Larimores were in our living room listening to us when we read 'His Brain, Her Brain.' What an awesome book! No other book targets divine design in men and women like this book. Together Walt and Barb hit a bull's-eye on why men and women are so completely different; yet it is the differences that strengthen the marital union!' -- Gary Rosberg, , Author

'Walt Larimore has always been a trusted voice providing sound advice and compassionate insight. Now he teams up with a fabulous woman, his wife, Barb, to write a fascinating book about how incredibly we are designed. I loved 'His Brain, Her Brain.' Every page offered an 'aha' moment for me. I've definitely found a new wedding and anniversary gift I can give with confidence! Thanks, Walt and Barb.' -- Jennifer Rothschild, , Author

'Dr. Walt and Barb Larimore's book has opened my eyes even further to the truth about how wonderfully different men and women are. They give new insights and mind-expanding information about women for all of us to marvel with honor at how God has created them so special.' -- Dr. Gary Smalley, , Author

'Walt and Barb expertly blend humor, wise biblical counsel, and recent medical findings that prove men and women are hardwired differently. If you've ever wondered why you and your spouse keep having the same issues over and over, Walt and Barb not only help you appreciate your differences but also help your marriage thrive because of them. Is another book on marriage necessary? This one is. In fact, if you are going to buy only one book about marriage, this should be the one!' -- Ken C. Shih, , Author

'In 'His Brain, Her Brain,' Walt and Barb Larimore will guide you into a much greater appreciation of the wonderful ways in which God has designed a husband and a wife to beautifully compliment one another. I believe this excellent book will be used by the Lord to move many married men and women to a greater enjoyment of their oneness in Christ!' -- Rodney Wood, , President

'We are different by God's design. The bad news is that the differences we don't understand often lead to division. The good news is that those same differences, in God's hands, can lead from dissonance and division to a rich and rewarding harmony. Walt and Barb have given us the gift of a handbook of help and hope that will both encourage us and provide us with simple and practical ways to enjoy a deeper, more meaningful, more intimate love relationship. This is a book you'll want to share with your friends.' -- Gary J. Oliver, , Executive Director

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She reads people, and he reads manuals He doesn't ask for directions, and she doesn't appreciate his advice She is so mysterious, and he is so practical He does not seem to listen, and she seems so emotional The list goes on and on ... In a world where men and women are constantly told they are not different, His Brain, Her Brain shows couples what they instinctively know---men and women are different, and these divinely designed differences, when understood, make a marriage stronger and happier. Combining the latest brain research along with their experiences in over three decades of marriage and counseling, Dr. Walt and Barb Larimore explain how the unique design of each sex, particularly the unique brain and hormones of each, results in different habits, tendencies, and nuances of thought and action. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (January 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031024028X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310240280
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
You will be very surprised at what you find inside the pages of this outstanding book, His Brain, Her Brain. Dr. Walt Larimore, and his wife Barbara take you on a journey inside the brain, both male and female, and you will be amazed at what they have found. Very interesting!
We have all heard that men and women are different, and of course we all would say a big," Amen!" to that. But do you know that it is scientifically so? In this work you will understand the why's that make us so different, yet merge us so well together. You will marvel at the wonder of the brain as it functions, in both male and female, for the role they are to take. In understanding this, many problems can be resolved, and you will learn these differences can be used to build a stronger relationship with one another.
His Brain, Her Brain is not written in a text book form, but is crafted in such a way that you are learning the science of your brain without even realizing it. I loved the way Dr. Larimore had his wife Barbara add her comments. It gave warmth to the read, and brought the view point of both sexes in on many subjects. This is one great book that every man and woman should have. I believe it will truly make a difference in your life and your relationships. Great job!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Helen on February 13, 2009
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I love this book so much! As I was reading it I shared all the valuable knowledge I was learning with my husband, my mother and my sister. I never thought a book with scientific knowledge could be so interesting, but it really had me engaged! I found Walt's and Barb's observations on 'his' and 'her' brains to be so true! I laughed at some of the examples they gave as I found them to be true in my marriage too!

Not only that, but the book is so well organised and presented. I love the cover design and interior design of the book with its little light bulb graphics. I also love their use of diagrams and tables (a particularly funny diagram on page 42-43 demonstrates the differences between a man's and woman's brain). The book has a Scripture index, Subject index and Sources page - which made me love it even more...

But perhaps what I loved the most was the insights it contained inside the pages such as:
* Both science and the bible support the idea that men and women are so different.
* At 6 weeks in the womb an unborn male's brain surges with testosterone. When this process was blocked in rats - they acted like females their entire life.
* The left hemisphere of the brain controls the right side of body and focuses on logic, reason and speech whereas the right hemisphere controls left side of body and is the creative side of the brain.
* Testosterone is responsible for aggression and assertiveness in males. Competition can raise the level of testosterone.
* Oxytocin, often called the cuddle or bonding hormone, is released when couples cuddle.
* Women tend to have higher oxytocin levels than men.
* When a mother looks into the eyes of her baby, her oxytocin levels soar much higher than a man's, and this rush is extremely pleasurable to her.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Molly Meltzer on March 3, 2008
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All I can say to Walt and Barb is WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? This wonderful book is for every woman who has been exasperated by a man's behavior and every man who has been mystified by his wife's (or girlfriend's)! We have been expecting each other to see, hear and feel exactly as we do. There were so many light bulb moments I was compelled to call everyone I know and say "stop yelling (sighing, crying, pouting, fighting...)and read this book!" Now you can undestand the profound and beautiful differences between a man and a woman. A remarkable and insightful, medically sound, convincingly written book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marian P. Brown on March 3, 2008
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I love this book!!!! I have ordered 13 more for friends and family because it has so humorously, scientifically and spiritually addressed the differences in men and women better than any I have read. It is a great book for couples who have been married years, couples considering marriage, or, even young people not yet in a serious relationship. In fact, I will start giving this book as an engagement present. This book has made me appreciate, admire and understand my husband better. Also, I recognized my own reactions in Barbara Larimore's comments.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Jones on May 2, 2008
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As a pastor, I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to better understand why their mate acts they way she or he does. People often mistakenly believe that their spouse acts the way they do simply to be annoying. This book does an outstanding job of presenting the evidence for God's unique design of men and women. Yes, we are in fact very different - by design!

Through their presentation, the Larimores detail how the differences are actually part of God's plan for creating women and men to complement one another. Their own stories and the easy to understand presentation of the scientific facts are wonderful and help the reader to better grasp this idea.

I strongly advise anyone considering marriage, or any couple recently married to get this book and read it together. You will laugh together, point fingers at one another, and in the end, gain the freedom to allow each other to operate as God has uniquely created each of you to operate in this world and in your relationship. It is also a great read for anyone that has been married for many years.
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