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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Guest post and GIVEAWAY!!!

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 BryantThe 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LifeSword/   
We'd also love to have you join a Facebook Book Chat about the book on Tuesday, June 17th from 6-7 p.m. (MDT): https://www.facebook.com/events/744001765650524/.
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, www.CatBryant.comThe 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.

GIVEAWAY!!!

34 comments:

  1. Would love to win this book......
    Forgiveness is huge
    God bless you and yours
    ChrisG

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    1. Yes it is! God Bless you and yours also! :) When Cathy told me about this I jumped at the chance to share! :) It sounds so good and just reading the sample on amazon was great! Thank you for entering!

      Blessings, ASC

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    2. Thank you for stopping by, Chris. You are so right. Forgiveness is HUGE. The fact that we're forgiven is HUGE, and the fact that we must forgive others is HUGE. God bless you and yours as well! :)

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  2. Matthew 19 26 What is impossible for man is possible for God Let go and let God!
    Chris

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    1. Thank you for sharing this verse, Chris. God ALWAYS gives us the message He wants us to hear! :)

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    2. Amen! Excellent choice! One of my favorites also!

      Hugs, ASC

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  3. Amada, thanks so much for hosting the new Bible study booklet on forgiveness on its virtual tour and for sharing the giveaway with your readers. I appreciate it! (Shared across cyberspace!) :)

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  4. Thank you Cathy! :) I hope it reaches far and wide and helps touch those who The Lord needs it to touch!!! And that we all understand and open our hearts to forgiveness more! I know this is something I personally struggle with at times, and I thank you for allowing God to guide you and use your gifts for His messages!

    Hugs, ASC

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  5. This sounds fantastic. I have The Bridge Unbroken and would love to have this to go along with it. My favorite bible verse is John 3:16

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    1. I totally agree!!! :) I am LOVING The Bridge Unbroken especially the messages and lessons on forgiveness; this would just be the cherry on top with that I think! ;) Thank you for entering! Great choice!

      Blessings, ASC

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    2. Glad y'all are enjoying the book. Thanks for the kind words. John 3:16 is such a special verse. What wondrous love the Father has for us that He would send Jesus as our substitute. Awe-inspiring...

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  6. Forgiveness is an act of cleansing.
    My Favorite verse is Phillipians 4:13

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    1. Great verse, Linda! When you read it in the context of the passage, that knowing that we can do all through Christ who strengthens us is the key to contentment. Love it!

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    2. Amen! It is a great choice! When I was still being home schooled my mom taped that verse to our class room wall so I would always remember! And thank God we do have Christ to help us with the things we could never do on our own power!!!

      Blessings Linda, ASC

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  7. One of my very favorite bible verses is from Ruth: "Wherever you go, I shall go. Wherever you live, so shall I live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God too." I love the story of Ruth.

    Blessings to you and thanks for the chance to win a book.

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    1. Ruth is such a metaphor for the redemption Christ provided for us. Hubby and I used this verse in our wedding ceremony. :)

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    2. Ruth is amazing! Her book has always been one of my favorite books in the Bible! And this verse touches my heart every time! Thank you Tina! :)

      Hugs, ASC

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    3. Awesome Cathy! I never thought about it before but that is a great wedding verse!

      :)

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    1. Great one! I love this verse (great for graduations to)! :) It always brings me comfort! :)

      Blessings Carol! :) And thanks for entering!

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    1. Great verse to be popular! :) I love what Cathy said! So many times it's easy to forget to just take a deep breath and remember God's got it handled instead of trying to rush ahead and try to handle it ourselves!!! Excellent verse!!!

      Blessings Jackie!

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  10. Carol and Jackie, I have this same verse in my hallway. It was given to me by a dear friend in the ministry and serves as a reminder to me to trust God's plan instead of trying to forge ahead of Him. :)

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  11. Hi Cathy, I would love a chance to win this book. Thanks for the chance. Maxie
    < mac262(at)me(dot)com >

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  12. Hello Amada, thanks for having Cathy for a give away. It is a good topic. Thanks Cathy for the good books you write. Please put my name in. Maxie

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    1. Thank you for the kind words and for stopping by to enter the drawing, Maxie! :)

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    1. Great one Anne! :) This one always touches my heart!

      Blessings, ASC

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  14. Forgot to add my favorite bible verse :John 3:16 For GOD so loved the world that HE gave HIS only begotten son that whosoever believes in HIM shall not perish but have ever lasting life. Maxie
    mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. The first Bible verse I memorized in VBS! :) Such a GREAT one and one of my favorites as well! Thank you Maxie!

      Blessings, Amada

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  15. I've loved reading all your favorite verses, many of which are on my 'favorite list,' too! Thank you for sharing. :) Can't wait to see who wins this giveaway! :)

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  16. Would love to win a copy of this book, I am participating in the bible study in July and it would be great to have a copy.

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    1. Awesome Galinda, but I don't see your entries! :/ Make sure you leave your favorite Bible verse and enter with the Rafflecopter form above! :)

      Blessings, ASC

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