The Fragrance of Crushed Violets- Spotlight and GIVEAWAY

16 Jun


The Fragrance of Crushed Violets: Forgiving the Inexcusable

by Cathy Bryant

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 tomorrow, 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.New Author photo

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.


Cathy has generously offered to give away one digital copy of The Fragrance of Crushed Violets.  To enter, please leave a comment, along with your email address.

This giveaway ends Sunday, June 22 at midnight CST.  The winner will be drawn and announced on Monday, June 23.  Good luck!!

To earn additional entries, you may do the following:

◦Let me know you follow my blog
◦Sign up to follow if you are not a follower
◦Share this giveaway through Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or email

Be sure and leave a comment letting me know what you have done to earn additional entries.

19 Responses to “The Fragrance of Crushed Violets- Spotlight and GIVEAWAY”

  1. sonja1971 June 16, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    Forgiveness is something we all can work to improve. Sometimes it is truly hard to do. Would love to read this.

  2. Cathy Bryant June 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    Thanks so much for posting this. Very much appreciated! 🙂 Sonja1971, as I researched this topic and talked about it on Facebook, I realized that many of us struggle with forgiveness. And you’re right. There’s always room for improvement.

    • Gail Golliher June 16, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

      Hoping for the Kindle version of this. One place that I am seriously lacking…forgiveness….a work in progress

      • Cathy Bryant June 17, 2014 at 10:54 am #

        We’re all works in progress, Gail. I, for one, am so grateful to the Lord for His patience with me and that He’s still working on me, changing me from glory to glory, and transforming me into the image of Christ. What blessing! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to enter!

  3. Chris Granville June 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    Cathy Thank you so much for writing this book
    Im a follower I shared also
    God bless all of you’

    • Cathy Bryant June 17, 2014 at 10:55 am #

      Chris, thank you for being such a blessing and encouragement to me! God bless you! 🙂

  4. Cindi June 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    It is much easier to advise others to,just forgive and forget than when you find yourself Ina similar situation’ you really recognize it isn’t all that easy every time,

    • Cathy Bryant June 17, 2014 at 10:56 am #

      So true, Cindi. When the offense is someone else’s problem, it’s easy to prescribe a platitude. But when we struggle with forgiveness, then we see that platitudes aren’t really helpful at all.

  5. linderellar June 16, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    This is going to be a wonderful Bible Study and chay. I am sharing on my facebook page,
    Cathy Bryant is a wonderful writer and inspiration. I follow on all her pages

    • Cathy Bryant June 17, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      Thanks so much for sharing and for your kind words of encouragement. 🙂

  6. Lori P June 16, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    Forgiveness can be very difficult when someone has hurt you. Looking forward to reading this book. I’m a follower and I shared on FB.

    • Cathy Bryant June 17, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      Agreed, Lori. For me personally, forgiving is one of the hardest parts of my Christian walk.

  7. Beth C June 16, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    I have someone that has done me very wrong and I’m not being able to forgive them. I think this book would be a big help to me.

    • Cathy Bryant June 17, 2014 at 10:58 am #

      Praying for you, Beth. I’ve been where you are. 🙂

  8. Beth C June 16, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    I am a follower.

  9. Billie Roys June 17, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    I did a bible study class in jail ministry when I filled in for the jail Chaplin and the inmates were so interested that they were asking for forgiveness, and praying for strength to forgive people that had wrong them. It was emotional but rewarding. After 37 years of hate for my first husband and wanting to shoot him, I finally forgives him for treating me so cruel the two years we were married. I put it all in God’s hands, and glad I did because he died a year later. Which was just this past year!

    • Billie Roys June 17, 2014 at 10:12 am #

      I’m a follower

  10. galindab June 17, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    I would love to win a copy of this book, I am planning on doing the Bible study in July and it would be great to have the book. I also earned extra chances by following your blog and I shared about the giveaway through Facebook and Twitter.

    • Cathy Bryant June 17, 2014 at 10:59 am #

      Thank you, Galinda! I’m so looking forward to the July Bible study! 🙂

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