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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The Barnabas Agency (February 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578046520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578046525
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,660,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fred Ray Lybrand is a father of five who has been married for over 30 years and has the diverse combination of formally studying law, communication, systems thinking, linguistics, writing, theology, marketing, structural dynamics, leadership/management, and human personality.

As the author of six books and a number of articles, the co-founder of TrimTab Solutions (an Energy Industry consulting firm), and The Writing Course, Dr. Lybrand is currently focusing on the challenging puzzle of human productivity and high performance.

The ONE SUCCESS HABIT is his newest contribution to help individuals and organizations become more productive without yielding one ounce of being human. His client list includes the United States Air Force, State Farm Insurance, Valero, Chick-fil-A, Pioneer Natural Resources, Encana, Marathon Oil, Rose & Associates, Protrader, Burlington Resources, AcuFocus, and Silver Creek Oil & Gas.

For more information about Fred go to www.fredraylybrand.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rael on March 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've always been skeptical of books that claim to be novels but are actually nothing more than sermons in (lame) disguise.

Glaen was not one of those books.

The subtitle says it right off: "A novel message on romance, love, and relating." No tricks. The message is the main point of the book. But once know that, you can relax and dive into a compelling story woven through with relationship principles that we learn along with the main character, Annie.

Glaen reminded me a little of Peter Kreeft's books in which Socrates travels to different places in time to have lively discussions with everyone from Marx to modern college professors. But more plot happens in Glaen, so it's a bit more readable.

Enough about the style. What, you might ask, is the book actually about?

The Socrates-like character, the mysterious professor Glaen, helps Annie, a college student, with an assignment about how relationships work. She makes observations, notices lies and countering truths, and discovers the "secrets" of great relationships that are almost too simple to believe (but rarely practiced). Her observations come in the midst of interaction with her parents and friends.

This is not another dating vs. courtship book. I guarrentee that the core principles in Glaen are applicable to you, whatever the state of your relationships - single, dating, or married.

This book came out at a perfect time in my life! Not that I have fully begun to live out all the truths, by any means, but I have been given unmistakable opportunities to practice them.

I can't give away the plot, or tell you everything Annie discovers - you'll have to read the book yourself to find out!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chad Estes on March 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
There are a lot of Christian books on dating and relationships. Most of them advocate one form of hooking up over another, whether it be dating, non-dating, courting, or arranged marriages. They tend to tout themselves as being the most biblical, based on their interpretation of scripture, or the most successful, based on their personal experience. From my many years of pre-marital and marital counseling I tend to see each couple's coupling as unique and their learned ability to relate to each other in love is much more of an art than it is a procedure.

I was given the opportunity to review the book, Glaen, by Dr. Fred Lybrand. He attempts to share his perspectives on how to succeed in love and marriage but with a couple of differences from these other books. First off, he hasn't prescribed to a specific method of dating at all; instead he pulls out principles of how people relate to each other--recognizing that the methodology of putting those principles in place may vary from couple to couple. Secondly, he shares his findings as a story, allowing one of his characters, college student Annie, to discover these principles and then write them down in a series of lies she's believed about relationships as well as their countering truths.

Annie has parents that are divorcing, a sister who treats her boyfriends as arm-candy, a best friend who chases off each boyfriend with her over-commitment, while Annie herself is a bit relational-phobic because she is scared that she doesn't understand how to make a relationship work. She takes on a daunting writing assignment from her quirky college professor to write a book about relationships based on her observations and interviews of other couples.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
Glaen
Fred T. Lybrand
Barnabas Agency, Feb 14 2010, $14.99
ISBN: 9780578046525

College grad student Annie is shocked and confused when her mother calmly informs her that she is divorcing Annie's dad. She had thought her parents were happy together and there for one another. As she looks around her, Annie notices the downside of her younger sister's relationship and those of her BFF Jennah. Relationships make no sense as a person gives up so much in return for being hurt so conceals the truth to abate the hurt.

Annie signs up for a class on Original Non-Fiction 101 taught by Professor Glaen Breuchis. On her first day in class, Annie looks around to find she is the only pupil. Professor Glaen explains that the administration is well aware he is teaching a class with only one student attending. He begins mentoring her to learn what is important in relationships is the truth. By being honest with others, Annie finds out that others will respect and admire you and most will reciprocate with veracity.

This is an interesting approach to encouraging and mentoring people to be honest and sincere in their relationships with others. The cast is solid especially the professor and his sole student while the fascinating story line simplistically focuses on Annie (and readers) learning how best to relate. Using a character study fiction, Fred T. Lybrand provides an engaging self help primer.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MasterAP on February 25, 2010
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Fred Lybrand uses an interesting story to promote his views of building relationships.

Glaen tells the story of Annie, a grad student who is baffled by the relationships she sees around her; her parents are separating, her best friend thinks every boyfriend is "the one" and her little sister is still in the "do you like me yes-or-no circle one" stage.

Annie takes a class with Professor Glaen. She seems to be the only student who signed up for it but she'll learn all about relationships from this quirky man.

As she begins to work on her book that attemps to unpack how relationships work, you go deeper and deeper into Lybrand's teaching.

There are no chapters in this book so it will seem like you are blitzing through the story. And once you come out the other end, you'll want to discuss it with some of your friends.

Don't assume that dating or courting is the answer to building strong loving relationships.

Has God created us to ever succeed at it?

The outcome might surprise you just as the little twist at the end of this story will.
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