Monday, April 26, 2010

Glaen Probes Relationships - With Giveaway

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A unique book has been written to provide insight into relationships and what makes them work. . .and what doesn't.

Glaen by Fred R. Lybrand
The Barnabas Agency, February 2010
ISBN: 978-0-578-04652-5/softcover/171 pages/$14.99

ABOUT THE BOOK (from the publicist):
In a world where love is romanticized by vampires and far-off adventures of undying love-at-first-sight, audiences don’t always have the opportunity to read stories that reflect God's design for love. Author Fred Lybrand takes an in-depth look into relationships and dating, plus a little common sense for the real day-to-day world, in his latest book, Glaen.

Lybrand has chosen a unique and effective way to present his knowledge of human relationships and romance by creating a storyline that allows readers to walk alongside believable characters as they discover and explore an exciting and more effective way to relate to those with whom they will share life’s most intimate relationships. Having spent more than twenty-four years as a pastor, Lybrand is deeply involved in caring for people, and he wants others to know the freedom that can be found in relating to others truthfully and without pretense.

Glean introduces the character of Annie Hughes just as she suffers the loss of one of life’s foundational relationships—her parents’ marriage. As a graduate student, Annie suddenly finds herself at a loss to understand how any relationship finds and maintains lifetime staying power, especially a relationship as intimate as marriage.

When Annie meets her professor new writing professor, a rather unconventional teacher named Glaen, her life is set upon a path of both self-discovery and the exploration of romantic relationships. She begins this class with the intention to help others but quickly learns that she must first develop a teachable spirit, and her own faith proves to be the pivotal starting point for her journey. Annie then begins to honestly explore how men and women relate to one another as God designed them to do.

Lybrand’s character development of Annie Hughes allows him to outline several foundational truths. Using Annie’s “research” and “journal” entries as the vehicle to present thought-provoking ideas to the reader, Lybrand first uncovers the lies of a secular world-view and then counters those lies with the truth of God’s design for the marriage relationship. These observations are made even clearer as the reader observes Annie’s interaction with other couples and friends who are in the process of dating and considering marriage. As she questions her friends’ choices, she also takes an honest look at the relationships she is developing within her own life.

Annie’s discoveries are both simple and profound, and truth itself proves to be the foundation upon which all relationships hinge. The discovery that truth can only operate effectively within a relationship when people relate to one another without pretense and unrealistic expectations proves to be life-changing for the characters in many ways.

The life changing principles found in Glaen are the gems Lybrand wants readers to take from the story and experience in their own lives and relationships. Thus, Glaen is a book that demands a second reading, as those who read its story will want to go through it again and highlight and examine the truths Annie uncovers throughout her journey. This book will serve as a great teaching tool for parents to use with their children as well as for church leaders guiding couples who are seeking a more satisfying marriage relationship.

Click here to read an excerpt.

Glaen is available at Amazon and other bookstores.

This is an interesting book written in an unusual style. I guess I'd call it fictional non-fiction: a fictional setting is used to communicate "real" truths. As Annie searches for information about relationships, she studies the lies that culture promotes and identifies a countering truth for each. Both serial dating and courting are examined and problems of each are identified. The importance of honesty is emphasized; many pre-marriage relationships lack this quality as each individual tries to woo or manipulate the other. This book would be a useful tool for a high school or college group discussion.

The publicist has provided an additional copy for me to give to one of you. Leave a comment on this post by 12:00 noon CDT Thursday (4/29) and I will draw a winner. US residents only please. If you don't have a blog, you must include an email address to be included in the drawing.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The B&B Media Group as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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sara said...

this sounds very interesting. I'd like to read it and see if our youth group could use it!

Skoots1moM said...

would love to pass to my daughter's senior girl's group to read and discuss...
eager to win :)

Anonymous said...

i'm interested in reading this book Linda...thanks for the chance.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

This sounds like an interesting book. I'd love to read it. I think I would like to share this with my high school girls sunday school class.

sara said...

yea! thanks Linda!