Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Truth about Relationships

The Truth About Relationships

Lybrand offers insight and direction in finding true love

Keep reading to find out about the FREE Glaen Study Guide!

There are whole sections in bookstores devoted to how to improve your relationships. Most of the books, even in the Christian market, send two messages, 1) be romantic because romance equals love and 2) compromise who you are to make the other person happy. Author Fred Lybrand believes that neither of these messages is helpful in the long run and makes the messy nature of relationships even messier.

In contrast to these ideas, Lybrand takes an in-depth look into relationships and dating, while also offering a little common sense for the real day-to-day world, in his book, Glaen. He 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.

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 the main character, Annie, and her 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 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. Many who have read Glaen have responded with amazing feedback. The book has served 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.

Lybrand has recently completed a study guide for small groups so that the discussion on relationships can extend even further. Because he is so passionate about the message of making relationships stronger, Lybrand has made the study guide available for free download by going to Along with the guide, he provides information on how to set up a Glaen-Group for a six-week learning experience about relationships.

Lessons from the study include:

1. What is a relationship?

2. The right person?

3. Men and women are different, aren’t they?

4. Can romance hurt relationships?

5. Can you really end manipulation?

6. Is there a secret to great communication?

Glaen by Fred R. Lybrand

The Barnabas Agency/ISBN: 978-0-578-04652-5/softcover/171 pages/$14.99

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