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His Brain, Her Brain: How Divinely Designed Differences Can Strengthen Your Marriage Paperback – January 27, 2008
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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
'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
'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
'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
'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
'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
'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
'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
'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
'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
'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
From the Back Cover
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 â¦
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.
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The author is a medical doctor who says, "During my years in medical practice, I became aware of the findings of dozens of scientists who had begun to discover innumerable innate differences between the brains of men and women." (p. 22). "A mountain of brain research published during the last two decades reveals dramatic anatomical, chemical, hormonal, and physiological differences between his brain and her brain." (p. 29).
The authors draw upon such distinguished resources as:
Simon Baron-Cohen, PhD., neuropsychologist from Cambridge University
Louanne Brizendine, MD, neuropsychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco
Anne Moir, Ph.D., geneticist
Racquel E. Gur, MD, PhD., Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology
Reuben C. Gur, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Penn Behavioral Health
Eric Vilian, PhD, Associate Professor of Human Genetics, Pediatrics and Urology at UCLA
Huntington Willard, PhD, Professor of Genome Sciences at Duke University
Laura Carrel, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State Univ.
Leonard Sax, MD, PhD in Psychology
Turhan Canli, PhD, Associate Professor of BioPsychology at Stoney Brook University
WHAT READERS CAN LEARN FROM THIS BOOK
1. The corpus callosums in men and women are different. When girls and women are under stress, they want to talk to other girls or women. When boys or men are under stress, they want to either do something physical or be left alone.
2. Men usually have a much higher sex drive than women because men have a much larger hypothalamus, more testosterone, and more vasopressin.
3. A wife would be most receptive to making love to her husband after they have had an enjoyable conversation.
4. A husband can listen better to his wife if he minimizes distractions.
5. A wife can listen to multiple conversations at one time.
6. A wife is more sensitive to touch than her husband is.
7. A husband will withdraw from his wife when he is upset because it takes him much longer to process emotion.
8. Men usually become quiet when dealing with a project, problem, emotion, or stress, because their brains were designed to do one thing at a time. While their right brain is solving a problem or dealing with an emotion, it's difficult for their left brains to listen or speak.
9. Women experience the pleasure of the hormone oxytocin when they have conversations.
10. Wives can increase their husbands' participation in household chores by being direct, concrete, and factual rather than being indirect and emotional.
11. Women can read men better than men can read men, because women are better at sensing, understanding, and predicting the behaviors of others.
12. Mothers are far better at nurturing children than fathers are, and children prefer their mother's comfort over their father's comfort by 14 to 1.
13. The Bible teaches husbands to honor their wives. Studies show that when a husband makes this decision to honor his wife, the husband's feelings toward his wife will change within 6 weeks.
I was hoping that since they discussed ezer kenegdo, they were going to talk about the Holy Spirit, or 'Ruwach' - (Strongs 7306). Ruwack, or the Spirit of God is a feminine noun, and if man and woman are created in the image of the Father, then maybe the Holy Spirit is female and not male as the Greeks infer. Something to chew on. If one looks at the attributes of the Holy Spirit throughout the bible, it's easy to see the feminine side or the 'ezer kenegdo' side of the Father coming out to help mankind. (Just some random thoughts to ponder).
"The Creator's plan for her brain is designed to truly respect, admire, and encourage her spouse."
This book is filled with helpful insight to "divine design" of how God created us unique in our own way so that our marriage would be more dynamic and representative of His intended purpose in the garden. Walt does an excellent job keeping the scientific facts and evidence clear and understandable for the layperson as well as the counselor. Is this the best book to recommend to those who are needing guidance in their marriage? Not sure. Do you like learning about chemicals in the brain and how it affects us in one way or another? Then this is a good read. Part 1 and Part 2 of the book are devoted to building a foundation of the scientific evidence of his and her brain. This is not a textbook or dry science, Walt and Barb pieced interactive stories throughout the book to keep it moving towards pragmatics. Yes, male and female are different, but this book allows you to see how this will help or hinder your marriage according to our brains.