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#57: The Fragrance of Crushed Violets - Cathy Bryant

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 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 in as we examine relevant scriptures about forgiveness and come away with a more scripturally-accurate 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.

  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: WordVessel Press; 1 edition (May 16, 2014)
  • ISBN: 9781941699003


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Amazon best-selling author Cathy Bryant writes Christian fiction set in the heart of Texas. Her popular romance and romantic suspense novels take place in the fictional town of Miller's Creek, 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 finalist and has been on the Amazon Best-Seller list. Since then four other stand-alone novels have been added to the series, one of which was a reader-nominated 2013 Grace Award nominee (PILGRIMAGE OF PROMISE). Readers have compared her work to that of Karen Kingsbury and Nicholas Sparks.
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. She's written devotions for The Upper Room devotional magazine, two devotional books, and for online sites. She also recently released her first Bible study booklet, THE FRAGRANCE OF CRUSHED VIOLETS. In addition to her writing, she enjoys thrift store shopping and romping in the great outdoors. To learn more about Cathy and her books, visit her website at www.CatBryant.com.


My review for book 1, Texas Roads
My review for book 2, A Path Less Traveled
My review for book 3, The Way of Grace
My review for book 4, Pilgrimage of Promise
My review for book 5, A Bridge Unbroken

REVIEW:
This little book packed a really big punch to me. I thought, before reading this, that I was a forgiving person and was easily able to let things go. I've now come to realize that I may just be a 'stuffer'. Someone who stuffs it all inside and tries to forget about it. Forgetting is not forgiving. Letting go, is. When you try to forget, you just accumulate the pain.
I now see I didn't let things go. I hold on deeply to them, so far inside it was out-of-sight. I see it now though.
Forgiveness doesn't just clear the air between the people involved, its powerful enough, when done right, that it can actually mend. The problem is learning how to forgive and how to let go. This comes with wisdom, confidence and I believe, prayer. This book teaches you how to implement those things into forgiving. I urge you, if you need to let go of something, no matter how big or small, take the time to read this book. Even if you think you are a forgiving person, like I thought I was, take the time to read this book. Be sure to do the studies inside, and see if you learn something new about yourself as I did. You won't regret it.

4/5

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