Scarred Beautiful

My True Story of Finding God in Despair and Beauty in Imperfection

by Andrea Casteel Smith


Book Details

Beauty and shame, jail and forgiveness.

Andrea Smith was by all appearances living the perfect life, yet in an instant it all changed. Now, shame is her only company as she leaves her husband and children to check into the Pima County Jail of Tucson, Arizona, bringing to the forefront all the emotional and physical scars she has been hiding. From her first strip search to her final release, Andrea’s honest, touching memoir offers a rare look into the lives of those who are behind bars. Scarred Beautiful eloquently chronicles her journey to find forgiveness and discover the good in tragedy and the beauty in her flaws as she learns to overcome shame and allow God to comfort her through the most unexpected people. And although her incarceration threatens to break her spirit, Andrea Smith emerges with a new perspective about what is most precious and cherished in her life. Her story is one of courage and faith…and the unlikely gift of adversity.


About the Author

Andrea Casteel Smith

Andrea Casteel Smith worked for fourteen years in the ministry of International Church of the Foursquare Gospel before becoming the Chief of Operations Director for seven charter schools and three charters in the state of Arizona. She now serves on the board of one elementary charter school and several nonprofit charitable organizations. She lives in Tucson with her husband and two children.