Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Guest Post: Cathy Bryant(With E-Book GIVEAWAY for A Bridge Unbroken!!!)



Today, I welcome Cathy Bryant to my blog! I've read(and greatly enjoyed) one of her novels in the past, and I'm looking forward to reading more from the world of Miller's Creek!

The Story Behind the Story of A BRIDGE UNBROKEN(by Cathy Bryant)

With every Miller's Creek Novel I write, it never ceases to amaze me at how God uses the spiritual theme of the stories in my own life. I pre-plan all the stories, choosing the spiritual theme before anything else. Before I wrote even one word of A Bridge Unbroken, I knew the theme would be forgiveness. The story is about a frightened runaway who wants her painful past to disappear. Her plan to start afresh is derailed when she co-inherits her late grandfather’s farm with the man responsible for the scars on her heart. He isn’t the only ghost from the past. Someone else is out to get her and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Because of past hurts between the two, the story question becomes: "Will Chance and Dakota lay aside their grudges to restore the old farmhouse and bridge, or will evil forces sabotage their attempt at forgiveness?"

In every relationship, even ones that have lasted for decades, things happen that require us to be gracious and forgiving. In fact, I think those things are often divinely inspired to test our commitment to the relationship and to living the kind of life our heavenly Father desires.Before I wrote A Bridge Unbroken and also during the writing of the story, I seemed to be constantly confronted with situations that required grace and forgiveness on my part. At times my life was so emotionally painful, that I questioned God as to why He wanted me to write a story on forgiveness when I struggled to forgive others. As I studied the concept of forgiveness in the scriptures, I was reminded of these truths.

1. True forgiveness is an act of the will, not emotion. We forgive--not because we feel like it--but because God requires it. How can we expect Him to forgive us if we're not willing to forgive others?I love this C. S. Lewis quote: "Being a Christian means forgiving the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you." What powerful words, and oh, so true!

2. True forgiveness is unconditional. When Jesus, from the painful and humiliating cross of His crucifixion said, "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do."; (Luke 23:34, KJV), He placed no conditions on forgiveness. And He, as the sinless Son of God, certainly had the right to do so! In that light, as children of our heavenly Father, our forgiveness toward others can't be based on the offender's remorse, apology, or anything else. (If that were true, there are some whom we'd never forgive!) Instead, we forgive like Jesus--unconditionally and with no strings attached.

3. True forgiveness is motivated by the highest and purest love. When I stop to consider what Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection have bought for me, I'm astounded. I'm forgiven! Jesus' work was motivated by God's great love, in spite of who we are and the horrible ways we sometimes behave. Thank You, Jesus, for Your matchless love and grace! Thank you for forgiving an old sinner like me.




About Cathy:

A Texas gal by birth, Cathy enjoys spinning tales set in the fictional town of Miller's Creek, Texas, where the folks are friendly, the iced tea is sweet, and Mama Beth's front porch beckons. When she's not writing the Miller's Creek Novels, you'll find her rummaging through thrift stores or up to her elbows in yet another home improvement project in the mountain cabin she shares with her minister husband of over thirty years. You can find out more about Cathy and her books at www.CatBryant.com.

Here are a few other places to meet up with Cathy in cyberspace:

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Reader friends on Facebook may want to visit the following groups, the first for book bargains and the second to discuss all things Miller’s Creek.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChristianBooks.Giveaways/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MillersCreekReaders/

About the Miller's Creek Novels:



A BRIDGE UNBROKEN (Christian romantic suspense)

Letting go to build a bridge…Dakota Kelly wants her painful past to disappear. A plan to start afresh is derailed when she co-inheritsher late grandfather’s farm with the man responsible for the scars on her heart. But Chance Johnson isn’t the only ghost from the past. Someone else is out to get her and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Will Chance and Dakota lay aside their grudges to restore the old farmhouse and bridge, or will evil forces sabotage their attempt at forgiveness?

Click HERE to read a sample chapter of A Bridge Unbroken.

Click HERE to watch the book trailer for A Bridge Unbroken.

Launch Party for A BRIDGE UNBROKEN



Cathy is celebrating the new addition to the Miller’s Creek family by making several prizes available to reader friends, including a $100 Visa Card Giveaway. Winners will be announced at the interactive Facebook Launch Party on May 22, 2014.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE DRAWING VIA CATHY’S WEBSITE.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER VIA THE GIVEAWAY TAB ON CATHY’S FACEBOOK PAGE.

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THE OTHER MILLER'S CREEK NOVELS

| Texas Roads | A Path Less Traveled | The Way of Grace| Pilgrimage of Promise |

“Miller’s Creek, Texas…where folks are friendly, the iced tea is sweet, and Mama Beth’s front porch beckons…”


GIVEAWAY:

Do you want to win an e-copy of A Bridge Unbroken? Of course, you do!! ;)

Just leave a comment(with email address) telling us your thoughts on forgiveness. (Forgiveness can be a pretty controversial topic, and my beliefs on the topic are pretty controversial, so don't be shy!! -Bluerose) :D

-Open Internationally(Yay for my international readers!!)
-Must be 13 or older to enter.
-Ends May 13th, 2014

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for allowing me share my thoughts on forgiveness on your wonderful blog. And thank you for hosting A BRIDGE UNBROKEN on its virtual book tour! Many blessings, Cathy :)

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  2. This sounds great. Forgiveness is a biggie I know I struggle with.

    Great share.
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  3. I think we all struggle with forgiveness, Juju. I do, for certain. That's why I enjoyed writing this book so much. I'm also writing a companion Bible study on the topic, because it's something--like you said--that we all struggle with.

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  4. Great blog! Looking forward to reading this one. Cathy's books are great.
    Blessings
    Diana

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Diana! Thanks also for your kind words about the Miller's Creek Novels! :)

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  5. Such important information in this blog. Thank you.

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    1. And thank you, Sherlee, for dropping by for a visit. Love and appreciate you! :)

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  6. Don't enter me into the contest (because I really don't do ebooks) but I did want to say that this book sounds really interesting. I like the message of forgiveness presented in what seems like a very solid way. Intriguing! I re-tweeted your tweet (that sounds so funny to me) because I know I'm the party pooper of ebooks. :D

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    1. Thanks for retweeting!! (especially for an e-book!) :D

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    2. Carrie, thanks for leaving a comment and for re-tweeting (even if you don't do ebooks). ;) The topic of forgiveness was interesting to weave into a storyline. Two things stood out to me as I did the background study: 1) We all need forgiveness, and 2) We often struggle to forgive. (And you're not a party pooper at all!)

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  7. I don't think I've told you yet, but I greatly enjoyed your post, Cathy! :)

    I remember one of my Wednesday Night Ladies' Classes very fondly. It was on forgiveness, and I learned just how controversial that topic is with the (friendly) debate that happened. It will probably remain one of my most memorable classes ever.

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  8. Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the post. Forgiveness is a very controversial topic--more so than I ever realized before I wrote this book! :)

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