I have stated many many times that I am a huge fan of Cathy Bryant’s books. She has such an amazing gift of drawing her readers into her books. With each book you can sense Cathy’s heart for each character – their struggles, triumphs, and spiritual growth.
With her most current book, A Bridge Unbroken, Cathy approaches the subject of forgiveness. True, God honoring forgiveness.
This is a tough subject for so many of us. It seems we are hurt or offended on a daily basis or have deep hurts from our past, and it can be really difficult to forgive others as God asks us to.. the way Christ forgives us.
For the first time in her series, Cathy has put together a beautiful bible study called “The Fragrance of Crushed Violets: Forgiving the Inexcusable”.
Used as a personal study or a group study, The Fragrance of Crushed Violets, is a wonderful study that will teach you, stretch you, and challenge you on how you deal or don’t deal with forgiveness.
Even if you think you don’t have a problem with forgiveness, this study may show you some areas in your life where forgiveness is hiding and maybe be hindering your faith walk.
From the author…
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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LifeSword/.
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.”
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.com. 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.