Monday, June 9, 2014

The Fragrance of Crushed Violets Spotlight and #Giveaway!

Cathy Bryant is one of those authors you just love to read her books. I have yet to pick one up that I don't like. They are interesting but even more than that, they really draw you closer in your walk with the Lord. I can't tell you how many lessons I have gotten out of these. But it is done in a way that isn't preachy and you don't even realize you were being taught a lesson. I am excited to get my hands on her new book, The Fragrance of Crushed Violets. One of you will win a copy below by entering through the Rafflecopter form. Take a look and see!!

The Fragrance of Crushed Violets: Forgiving the Inexcusable

The Fragrance of Crushed Violets: Forgiving the Inexcusable is a companion Bible study booklet on forgiveness written to go along with the spiritual theme of the fifth Miller’s Creek novel, A Bridge Unbroken by Cathy Bryant. The book is designed to work for either individual or group study. A women's Bible study group has been formed on Facebook, and will be studying the topic of forgiveness using this book beginning July 1, 2014. We would love to have you join us at LifeSword.

We'd also love to have join a Facebook Book Chat about the book on Tuesday, June 17th from 6-7 p.m. MDT:

Book Description:
What do we do when a loved one, boss, co-worker, friend, or enemy seem determined to bring us down through an attack? How do we handle it when their assault is personal, public, deep, unjust, unfair, and unfounded? Take it one step further. How do we deal with meaningless acts of destruction and death, say in something similar to the Twin Towers incident or a school shooting, especially when the offender shows no remorse? Do we file it in our brains and rack it up to “one more senseless act” and chance to think that God somehow messed up?
In short, how do we move past the hurt and anger to a place of forgiveness?
Join us as we examine relevant scriptures about forgiveness and come away with a scriptural understanding of:
  • what forgiveness is and what it isn’t
  • God’s role in the process of forgiveness
  • what Jesus did at the cross for each of us
  • our mandate to forgive as we’ve been forgiven
  • what gets in the way of forgiving others
  • how to truly forgive
Quotes From the Book:
"Ultimate forgiveness can only be found in God, because all sin is ultimately against God."
"Forgiveness isn't natural; it's supernatural."

“…through forgiveness, we reveal to a watching world the perfect illustration of what Christ has done for each of us.”

Print Version Purchase Link
Kindle Version Purchase Link
About the Author:
Cathy Bryant writes both Christian fiction and devotional materials. She’s written devotions for The Upper Room devotional magazine, two devotional books, and for various online devotional sites including her own website, The Fragrance of Crushed Violets is her first Bible study booklet.

Cathy's standalone novels are set in the fictional town of Miller's Creek, Texas, where folks are friendly, the iced tea is sweet, and Mama Beth's front porch beckons. Her debut novel, Texas Roads, was a 2009 ACFW Genesis contest finalist and has been on the Amazon Kindle Best-Seller list. Since then she's added four other books to the Miller's Creek novels, the latest one released in Spring 2014. Readers have compared her novels to those of Karen Kingsbury and Nicholas Sparks and have called Miller's Creek the Texas version of Mayberry.

A native Texan, Cathy currently resides in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico with her minister husband of over thirty years. When she’s writing, you can find her rummaging through thrift stores, hiking through the wilderness, or up to her elbows in yet another home improvement project in the mountain cabin she calls home.

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Cozy in Texas said...

This is something all of us would find useful.

Cathy Bryant said...

Thanks so much for your kind words and hosting the book on its virtual tour, Charity. Many Blessings, Cathy :)

Cathy Bryant said...

Oops! I forgot to mention the Facebook Book Chat scheduled for June 17, 6-7 p.m. MDT. The evening's activities include: mini-discussion of forgiveness, a Q & A session, and party favors. You can find the event by going to my Facebook author page and looking under the event tab. Thanks!

chris granville said...

Sounds like a great bible study subject
God bless u

Anne Payne said...

The Lord has forgiven us much, therefore we are bound by His command to forgive others. It is scriptural to forgive.

Barbara Loman said...

Forgiveness is cleansing the soul!

Tina Turpin said...

There have been many times that I had needed forgiveness and many times I have needed to forgive. This book will be a great resource and help.

Lane Hill House said...

Forgiveness is freeing for you and for the other person. Don't miss out! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

Plattekill said...

Since unforgiveness puts a stranglehold on everything you think or do, the only way to release the ropes that hold you is to consciously say that you forgive those that have injured you, whether you "feel" it or not. Every time the situation rears its ugly head, keep reminding yourself and God that you have forgiven that person. Eventually the Holy Spirit will pour healing oil on that hurt until you no longer feel the sting. Sometimes this happens quickly but most times it takes awhile. And in doing so, you'll feel such a release, of being lighter (like losing weight), you'll feel like you're floating on air.

Mippy Foofalina said...

Forgiveness frees your soul. It takes an unseen weight off your shoulders. It opens a space in your heart to give more love and receive more love. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.

Linda Rainey said...

Foregiveness is something I have struggled with for years.
I have to turn this all over to God,I need peace.

Cathy Bryant said...

Thank you for all the beautiful comments on forgiveness. I agree that forgiveness is something we do out of obedience to God whether or not we feel like it. The result is a releasing of the offense and the debt our offender 'owes' us. It is freeing.

So forgiveness is the act of obedience and the result is the freeing of ourselves. I think we have to be careful about chasing after the freedom for ourselves. Instead, if we focus on the obedience, the freedom will come.

Robyn-coolestmommy R said...

I think it's important to know that holding a grudge doesn't really affect the other person at all--you are the one consumed with bitterness. Dig out that bitterness at the roots and forgive. YOU benefit from the act of forgiving.

Cathy Bryant said...

True, Robyn. We do benefit from forgiving. I think it's also one of the best ways to show Jesus to a watching world. :)

Misha Estrada said...

Not forgiving hurts you more than it does the other person.

Cathy Bryant said...


Galinda Barefoot said...

I would be great to win a copy to go along with the study in July.

Kristie said...

Forgiveness is difficult and you might have to forgive someone on a daily basis. Forgiveness is YOUR CHOICE for YOUR BENEFIT. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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