Beauty Beyond the Thorns: Discovering Gifts in Suffering
by Darci Steiner
Published on March 3, 2023
Categories: Resources

Beauty Beyond the Thorns: Discovering Gifts in Suffering

By Darci Steiner

Pain and suffering in our lives do not equal a lack of love from God. Instead, they reveal, at the right time, a divine and perfect purpose packed with love.

Are you searching for hope amidst a trial? Beauty Beyond the Thorns offers a transformative perspective as to where it can be found. Darci weaves biblical stories with modern day stories, including her arduous journey through chronic pain, to demonstrate how God can turn life’s unexpected curveballs into victorious home runs. This is a story about the upside of suffering. In Beauty Beyond the Thorns, you will learn:

  • Suggestions as to why God allows suffering, and how he provides gifts (like courage, perseverance, and direction) to guide you through difficulties
  • How to experience peace, faith, and joy in suffering
  • How God uses trials to transform you, just like he did with Job, Joseph, Hagar, and Paul
  • To discover God’s goodness despite hardship
  • How adversity can bring you closer to what you truly long for

Study Guide for Beauty Beyond the Thorns is also available to assist with deeper engagement and personal application. The combination of books is used for Bible studies, support groups, church retreats, or personal study. Visit the author’s website at


Andrea Cavnar – Hope In The Midst of Suffering

Having gone through my own struggles with loss and pain, the title of Darci’s book caught my attention. There were so many things that she wrote that I could relate to but what was most encouraging was her perseverance and testimony of Gods grace in her life. God used her disability to give hope to those who are looking for answers to their suffering and how God can get us through the most difficult trials and be used for His glory. Wonderful read!

Angela Cherniawski – WOW!

A beautiful memoir – beautifully written and beautifully intertwined with bible verses that teach and inspire. A good read for those seeking meaning in life and a must read for those seeking meaning in suffering, loss, and grief. I especially love how the author made connections between her personal story and the stories of the bible. Wow!

Jeanette LeeA Book of Hope , Courage, and Love

I could not put this book down. It was heart wrenching, but yet so inspiring. One part where Darci says she was laying in bed and could hear her husband and children at the table having dinner and she could not be there with them…broke my heart. At a time where she was hopeless and helpless… she held on to her faith. Instead of turning away from God …she held him close, and asked for strength and guidance. Her husband was her rock and her children gave her the hope and strength to get through her darkest days. Reading this book helped me to get out of my own head, and appreciate every little thing. We all think we have problems until we read such a story as this. Darci used her struggles to help others… to show that with determination, Courage, hope, strength and faith….NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!!
Thank you Darci…this book is a must read!! Everyday I start my day with GRATITUDE…. as I have so much to be thankful for…………..

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Darci J. Steiner is the author of the award-winning biblically-based book Beauty Beyond the Thorns: Discovering Gifts in Suffering. She began writing as a way to process her pain after becoming disabled from a fall down the stairs in her home. Darci writes to encourage others always to hold on to hope. Darci is an author, inspirational speaker, and nutritionist. She loves spending time with her husband, two adult daughters, and baby granddaughter. Please visit to learn about her books and speaking details.


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