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  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736904867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736904865
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bill Farrel has been influencing lives for over 25 years as a senior pastor, youth pastor, radio talk show host, community leader, and sought-after conference speaker. Bill is also the author of The 10 Best Decisions a Man Can Make, and he and his wife, Pam, have written more than 35 books, including Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti and Red-Hot Monogamy. They have been married more than 30 years and have raised three young men who love Jesus and athletics. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I found this book funny and insightful and very helpful.
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I would highly recommend this book to married couples or engaged couples looking for marital advice!
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It is a great book about the differences between men and women.
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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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29 of 35 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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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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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Barnhart on March 23, 2007
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My boyfriend and I went to the author's seminar at our church and this book has really helped us to understand (or at least attempt) to understand how each other thinks. It really does help build strong relationships if both partners are willing to read it.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful By BigRed on January 23, 2008
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This book is definitely on my list of worst books I've read. The symbolism, waffles and spaghetti / men and women, is simply beaten to death. I had to put the book down for a while (I stopped on the line which read, "Anger is by far the most common emotion experienced by men") and just couldn't read anymore for several days. I had to force myself to choke the rest down.

It simplifies *both* sexes *far* too much, and sprinkles in some silly anecdotes, garnered from emails passed ad nauseam around the internet such as "15 Great Things about being a guy, #1 We Know Stuff About Tanks". It explains men as unable to grasp a multi-level conversation, unable to multi-task, and incapable of relating to a woman's thought process. Women it casts as unable to completely finish a task, incapable of discussing a simple subject, and also unable to understand the other sex.

Women are like spaghetti, because their thought process runs on and on in an interconnecting web, and men are like waffles because they compartmentalize and "sit" in "sometimes blank boxes, just to relax". There. You don't have to buy the book now, or even worse read it, because that's the only original information presented within it. The rest is just filler.
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