Scarred Beautiful

Andrea Smith seemed to have the perfect life: a devoted husband and beautiful children anyone would envy. But in an instant, it all came crashing down like a house of cards.

Leaving her family behind to check into the Pima County Jail in Tucson, Arizona, Andrea experienced a shame that was deep and boundless. The painful episode dredged up emotional, and even physical, scars that she’d long buried and hoped to forget. From her humiliating strip search through her final, triumphant release, Andrea’s memoir Scarred Beautiful eloquently chronicles her touching journey through shame, anger and tragedy that threaten to break her spirit for good. It’s through this journey that she learns to unearth the beauty in her flaws – and emerge from incarceration with renewed courage and faith, and a new appreciation for what is most precious and cherished in her life.

Andrea Smith’s raw, honest accounting of her life delves into ugly experiences to reveal the beauty inside. Scarred Beautiful will touch readers who may be hiding their shame or questioning their very faith in God, but are ready to overcome. Through Andrea’s story, readers should feel encouraged to let down their own veil of shame and discover the true beauty that resides among the flaws.

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What People Say

Scarred beautiful is a genuine, heartfelt account of one woman's journey through her life. This book shows the history, sadness, heartache, and joy that are a part of living and how Andrea chose to be brave and cling to God and her family when faced with immense pain and obstacles.
Amy
Andrea Casteel Smith, who is my daughter, reveals her pain and opens her heart. Readers are brought on a journey that will help change their outlook in their own life and feel encouraged and full of hope. I am proud of her for her talent and her willingness to share her life so brilliantly.
John Casteel
Scarred Beautiful is a story of hope and healing. It not only has inspired me but my 16 years old daughter as well. We all have scars seen and unseen and sometimes we allow ourselves to stay in bondage to those things that we keep hidden. Scarred Beautiful not only shows the vulnerability in our scars but when we learn to embrace them we walk into a new freedom and journey of healing. My heart has been so blessed by Andrea's story and it has encouraged and inspired me to embrace my own scars to help others.
Felicia
This is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. I felt excited, horrified, sad, and so much more as I read the journey she has gone through. She is open and honest and shares the most personal details. There is so much to learn from her and the experiences she has overcome. I felt like I was there, experiencing every situation with her. A truly incredible story of what she has gone through, and a story of love and forgiveness.
Jackie T.
We all have scars things we are embarrassed about in our past or in our present , but real shame consumes us when we hide them, deny our humanity, causing us to lose the value they can teach us . Releasing our scars and accepting ourselves is true liberty. Scarred beautiful reveals the beauty in a women not afraid to share her flaws
Brad Smith
I have read Andrea's book twice, and each time I read it I was drawn right in to her story and I had a hard time putting it down. It is so beautifully written that you can visualize everything she describes and you feel every emotion with her. The book is raw, bold and beautiful. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read an incredible story of trials and faith.
MaryJo
I couldn't put it down. The range of emotions I felt kept changing with each chapter. Every moment I felt like I was there with Andrea. I was sooo drawn into her story, I felt embarrassed, ashamed, scared, mad, hopeful, excited and happy just to name a few. I laughed, I cried and when the story was over I wanted more!!! To read a story of God's beautiful grace and mercy touched my heart. I love how genuine Andrea was in sharing thoughts and feelings that most of us wouldn't admit to thinking. Thank you for sharing with us all.
Heather Lewis
I have read Andrea's book twice, and each time I read it I was drawn right in to her story and I had a hard time putting it down. It is so beautifully written that you can visualize everything she describes and you feel every emotion with her. The book is raw, bold and Amazing true story of a woman who allowed circumstance to change her, for the better. Andrea Smith is so beautiful both inside and out... this book is an incredible view into an intimate journey that only made her stronger. It is never the end... you may be pushed to what you feel is the worst possible outcome... but Andrea shows you can survive, and in her case - thrive. She knocked it out of the park for a first time author. Cheers!. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read an incredible story of trials and faith.
Karen Gavender
This is truly an amazing and inspiring story. Andrea Casteel Smith goes into the depths of her soul to speak the truth and tell her remarkable story. The book is full of interesting stories of her life experiences, family and the church. She covers so many topics of struggle that so many people face today. This is a must read!
Raena Janes
Andrea is not only a talented author, but inspiring woman. Her vulnerability throughout this story is beautiful. She tells her story with grace, humor and courage, sending out strength to those reading it. I cried and cheered for her and discovered that I too can be open and real. Thank you Andrea for sharing yourself with the world!!
Claudia Zanes
Everyone should read this book. It is a wonderful book filled with honesty, vulnerability, inspiration and hope. You will love it.
Susanna
Beautiful story by Andrea and written with integrity. Loved it! Highly recommended! Will bring you to tears in many areas.
Annette Emility
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