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Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti Member Book: Understanding and Delighting in Your Differences Paperback – April 2, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: LifeWay Christian Resources (April 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1415852480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1415852484
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,573,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I just completed reading Bill and Pam Farrel's, Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti. I found myself laughing out loud at the illustrations and descriptions of the different ways men and women react to each other and the tasks involved in married life. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the Farrel's balanced sound research with amusing anecdotes and biblical reference's insight. I know I will be using this book often for marriage seminars and retreats and recommending it to couples to read on their own."
--Ronald E. Martin-Minnich, solider, airmen and family ministry
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Bill and Pam Farrel are co-founders and co-directors of Masterful Living, an organization that provides practical insights for modern couples. They are popular international marriage conference speakers and have written numerous books and feature articles. They ve also ministered to thousands of couples through radio, TV, and pastoral ministry.

They are the parents of 3 sons, ages 15 to 22, and have over 26 years experience in helping couples. Pam and Bill enjoy family time, reading, and exercising together . . . especially when it consists of a long walk at the beach. Find out more at www.farrelcommunications.com.

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I found this book funny and insightful and very helpful.
S. A. Keck
The analogy really helps people understand the differences between how men and women think.
J. M. Allen
It really does help build strong relationships if both partners are willing to read it.
A. Barnhart

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By S. B. H. on November 17, 2001
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Excellent book! I have read several relationship books and this is the FIRST one that I have totally agreed with. It's amazing. They've described the workings of my relationship with my girlfriend perfectly. (now she's my wife) It has done wonders. I know I will never totally understand her, but at least now I understand why she sees things the way she does. Also, it's almost worth buying just for the humorous sections. :o) Thanks Bill and Pam Farrel!
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56 of 70 people found the following review helpful By K. Erickson on December 28, 2007
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The premise of this book is that men are like waffles- they think in boxes, that is, they can only efficiently think about one subject or category at a time; and that women are like spaghetti- they think about everything in an interconnected manner.
Before I say anything else, reader be warned that this review is based on my own tastes and preferences, and is not necessarily unbiased.

I hate generalizations and this book is full of them, from the title to the marriage jokes. The extent of generalizations made me actually physically angry at several points.
However, I do like new ways of looking at problems and this book has that, if presented in a limited manner. If you can get beyond the assumption that all men are waffle-thinkers and all women spaghetti-thinkers, I believe this book can lead to a thought provoking discussion on how different styles of thinking can interrupt communication, especially between marriage partners.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Linda Riley, author, The Call to Love on March 31, 2001
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This is an engaging read that held not only my attention, but my husband's as well. The book provides even more insight than the well-known tour of the planets and is also much more humorous. We're in our third decade of marriage and still learned much from the creative ideas and colorful stories. A great find for couples' Bible studies and fellowship groups.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2003
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I have to say this book has one of the best explanations for the working of the male and female mind that I could have asked for. My marriage counselor recommended my husband and I read Men are from Mars Women are from Venus. When I went to the bookstore to purchase the book I found this one instead. It looked so much more interesting. I changed my mind on which one to buy.
When I went back a few weeks later I discussed the book at length with my counselor and she was really impressed with how much the Waffles and Spaghetti had really helped me. This was probably the first time I had really understood my husband's need to watch NASCAR. He has a really stressful job and works six days a week, for the first time I understood why he didn't want to spend the seventh running all over town with me.
In addition, the Farrels put in some great problem solving tips. I am also trying really hard to get my husband to agree with some of the other tips they write about including planning weekends and code words.
There were some things that I did disagree with. First, I was unaware the book was a faith based publication. The authors are ministers and spend a lot of time pushing God. This isn't a bad thing, but I found it distracting at times. I felt that they were spending too much time telling readers to place everything in God's hands and not enough about doing things for yourself.
I also objected to their statements that a married person shouldn't have a personal conversation one on one with a person of the opposite sex. Both my husband and I have jobs that require us to spend large amounts of time alone with people of the opposite sex. Part of his responsibilities require him to probe for personal information and form close contact with men and women of the opposite sex.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. Cannon on October 14, 2004
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I've read John Gray's book (Mars/Venus), and honestly I didn't get much out of it. THIS book, however, completely engaged me. I developed an interest in the relationship I have with my wife (as opposed to the interest I already had in my wife). I created a new waffle box that was entirely dedicated to our relationship and spent almost a whole day in it. I feel like I've seen her/us with brand new eyes.

She's read the book as well, and we both agree that it presents a fairly good description of our individual worldviews. This is also the first book that I've ever read that gave concrete statements about the value of men in today's society, as opposed to the conventional view that we're essentially brainless sperm factories. Men are shown as having necessary strengths and unique gifts to offer, especially to children, as a result of the way we tend to think.

I don't believe for a second that the book has minimized or derided men and their roles or habits, nor has it appealed to the least common denominator or media stereotypes. It is also important to remember that the authors repeatedly caution the reader against taking the metaphor too far, which is the only way I can imagine someone getting offended by it.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By KatyM on April 25, 2008
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I read "Red Hot Monogamy" by this couple, and I found some of the same things to be true in this book, but they took it to a whole new level of "cheesy" with this one. Unfortunately, they use more email forward stories (actual things I've received in email forwards) than original material. I was extremely disappointed to find that - especially after their glowing review by Dr. James Dobson. I actually think the concepts are valid, and even somewhat helpful in understanding relationships. However, all the "meat" of what they've written was clouded by the silly, stereotypical junk they pulled together to try and make it funny. I would like to see them focus on being more original and not try so hard to make everything sound like something I could get for free in an email forward.

The beginning of the book was one of the hardest parts to get through. Here is an actual question from a 27 question quiz given on page 25:

"To prove your love for your wife, you would gladly:
A. Climb the highest mountain.
B. Swim the deepest ocean.
C. Hold her purse while she tries things on at the mall and run the risk that, at any moment, one of the guys might walk by."

It's this kind of "filler" that the book could have done without. Unfortunately, I fear it would have been a very short book without it.

Honestly, I believe their hearts are in the right place, but now I believe they can use that enthusiasm, knowledge and God-given talent to put together something more intellectual and less excruciating to read.
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