Thursday, July 22, 2010

Glaen: Book Review and Giveaway

About The Book:


Annie is a college grad-student who is stumped about love. Her mom and dad are in the throes of a divorce, her teenage sister is obsessed with how her boyfriend makes her look, and her closest friend Jennah is on a continual ride of running off every guy she dates. Friendships, dating, romance, and marriage: it's all confusing to Annie until the day a white-haired stranger appears in her life. Glaen is an unusual professor with an unusual name. Her white-haired unconventional mentor guides Annie on a path of discovery that unlocks the secrets of real relationships in a world gone phony. By abandoning herself to learn, Annie discovers the mystifying affect of how learning to tell the truth changes everything in friendship, family, and love. The solutions Dr. Lybrand offers in this book will astound and free you to quit doing the very things that take away your ability to find the love and friendship you want. More importantly, you'll discover a fresh path to the possibility of greater connections with those you care most about. You'll want everyone you love to read this book...twice!


Read the first chapter here. (PDF format)


About The Author:


Fred Lybrand grew up in Anniston, Alabama and studied English Literature at the University of Alabama. He graduated with honors from Dallas Theological Seminary, and earned a Doctor of Ministry from Phoenix Seminary. Lybrand recently retired as senior pastor of Northeast Bible Church to pursue writing and speaking full time. He resides near San Antonio with his wife, Jody, and their five children. Lybrand has written and published five books entitled: Heavenly Citizenship: The Spiritual Alternative to Power Politics; The Absolute Quickest Way to Help Your Child Change; About Life and Uganda; Preaching on Your Feet; and Back to Faith: Reclaiming Gospel Clarity in an Age of Incongruence.


Find out more about Fred Lybrand and Glaen at www.glaen.com


My Review:


This book is so much more than a novel about relationships, dating, and courtship. It is about making relationships at any age and stage of your life. With a whimsical and intriguing writing style, I absolutely loved this book! I do not like to give a lot away about books I review, but suffice it to say, this book will change your entire thinking about relationships. I am currently in the process of dealing with some issues within my own marriage, as well as having dealt with my parents splitting up after 36 years, so I really related to the character of Annie. One point made in the book that has really resonated with me is this:


"Romance is a trap because the best relationships are not about the exciting and unusual; instead they are about connecting in the common, day-to-day world" (p.157)


One other thing that blew me away about Glaen, is a piece of scripture that was quoted at the very end of the book. It sums up the basis of a life together in real relationship:


"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others"
                     
The above scripture is found in Philippians 2:3-4 and ironically is one of the verses my husband and I had used in our wedding almost 13 years ago. When I first was approached to review this book, I initially did not think I would related to a book on dating, but I was so wrong. This book was exactly what I needed! 


I highly recommed Glaen by Fred Lybrand and give it a HUGE thumbs up.


BUY IT: You can purchase Glaen online, through Believer's Press.


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GIVEAWAY ENDS AUGUST 6TH, 2010


GOOD LUCK TO ALL!


***I received a complimentary copy of this book from The B and B Media Group. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

25 comments:

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  7. I would hope that by reading this book that its message would help me in my relationships. I have been diagnosed with some major health issues and find that people I thought were my friends, no longer come around. This book might have some advice for me so that I can understand the reluctance of my family and friends to help as I try to handle these health issues.

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