Beauty Beyond the Thorns: Discovering Gifts in Suffering

Genre: Christian, Non Fiction

For Fans Of

Bob Goff Nancy Guthrie Jennie Allen Timothy Keller Larry Crabb Sarah Young Priscilla Shirer Beth Moore Lysa TerKeurst Kelly Minter Jen Hatmaker John McArthur Joni Eareckson Tada Sheila Walsh

Book Summary

If you are experiencing a season of suffering, you will find hope, humor, and healing throughout the pages of Beauty Beyond the Thorns: Discovering Gifts in Suffering. Modern-day stories of suffering are paralleled with similar biblical accounts that will both enrich your understanding of the Bible and provide hope for your personal journey.

We all need healing, whether experiencing physical or emotional pain from the thorns of divorce, job loss, grief, addiction, disability, or financial troubles. When we follow Jesus, God offers us gifts such as joy, hope, compassion, direction, and mercy to help us not only endure our suffering, but flourish in it.

In Beauty Beyond the Thorns: Discovering Gifts in Suffering, and its companion study guide, Darci inspires and equips both men and women to endure trials through meaningful insights she has gained during her physical disabilities and emotional suffering. Look inside for inspiration and to learn how to discover empowering insights to assist you along your healing journey. Learn more at


"Darci has written a book laced with hope and courage and tenacity. She reminds us of the backwards economy of Jesus where the weak are the strong and those who sometimes feel left behind will lead us."

Lawyer, speaker, and author of the New York Times best-selling books Love Does; Everybody, Always; and Dream Big

"Within the pages of Beauty Beyond the Thorns: Discovering Gifts in Suffering you'll be taken on a journey to find hope in the most unexpected places. Darci Steiner shares truth that is often hidden by our own experiences of pain. But her words and personal story will help you to find what God may want to do withy our story as well."

Associate VP, Youth for Christ USA

"Darci Steiner perfectly blends the Bible with the triumphs and tragedies of everyday life.
Every chapter leaves you longing for the next, to see how spirituality and the human spirit can work together to make the world a better place. A must-read for your soul!"

Reporter, Channel 2 & FOX31Denver

"I love the content of Beauty Beyond the Thorns—it's a wonderful mix of intellectually stimulating information, theologically inspiring exegesis, personal stories, and incredible poetry. I believe this book would be an incredible blessing to anyone who wants to walk with Jesus every day. I can only begin to imagine the impact it would have on someone who deals with chronic pain or significant tragedy."

Lead Follower, Castle Oaks Covenant Church, Castle Rock, CO

"Darci has an excellent and rare presence as an author. She is beautifully honest, humble, and powerful. Her beauty lies in the calmness of her tone while discussing earth-shattering revelations about God and suffering. Truly, I wish I had had Beauty Beyond the Thorns to read when I went through the last5 years of my own life. Steiner's premise is while she previously went through tragedy and pain, she realized good DID come from it. To now be suffering again, Darci is almost suffering with excitement for what God is trying to teach her. It's astounding."

Manuscript Editor

"A journey through time, culture, pain, and the divine stories found within them all, Darci Joy Steiner's unique devotional is one to be savored slowly. Each chapter in Beauty Beyond the Thorns: Discovering Gifts in Suffering is filled with perspective that can only come from one who has walked out the reality of each title. You'll not find shallow platitudes; rather, you'll be deeply encouraged in your own journey of faith to see God's presence in rich and meaningful ways."

Mentor, storyteller, and author of One Woman Can Change the World: Reclaiming Your God-Designed Influence and Impact Right Where You Are

"Do you feel like the thorns in your life are only ugly and negative? Though they are indeed painful, you can learn to see them as gifts instead of burdens. Through hard-won truths, Darci shares authentic stories of her own, others and Bible characters to show how beautiful and valuable our hard times can be. You'll learn how to view your difficulties in new ways as you read, and it is as enjoyable as sitting down to have coffee with Darci."

Author of Transforming Your Thought Life: Christian Meditation in Focus and Transforming Your Thought Life for Teens: Renew Your Mind with God

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About the Author

Darci J. Steiner has served in the ministry as a teen and women’s ministry leader, as well as assisted with church plants in Denver and Los Angeles.

In 2001, Darci nearly lost her life after a debilitating fall down the stairs in her home. During her lengthy recovery, she earned her Master of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition and implemented natural remedies into her lifestyle that helped save her life.

When Darci became disabled a second time after a foot injury in 2018, she wrote her debut book, Beauty Beyond the Thorns: Discovering Gifts in Suffering. She is an inspirational speaker and nutritionist.

Darci and her husband have two adult daughters and a baby granddaughter. They live in the Denver area.

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