Veronica Farmer was diagnosed with extensive cancer just days before her wedding, and it was a powerful life scar for her. Made Beautiful by Scars started with the idea of Farmer sharing how cancer made her more beautiful. She then realized hosts of other women's lives are molded by their own scars.
In this collection, she shares her story and the stories of twenty-two other women who have lived through trauma that did not break them. The narratives show how the tragedies they encountered grew them, expanded their beauty into a whole new realm, and touched many others.
From Nicky who suffered the pain of infertility, to Kate who battled melanoma, and to Amanda who became a paraplegic, Made Beautiful by Scars captures raw stories from Farmer and other women who have faced all types of life scars and been made stronger. Farmer shines a light on the unimaginable strength of women, survivors who have been empowered by adversity and challenge.
"After reading these stories I am left sitting with a myriad of emotions. Deep respect for the raw honesty, laid bare on the pages, the vulnerability that gives permission for us all to share our imperfections and how we really feel, and sense of being closer to my own stories; my own fears and faults, my own fragility and strength, my own beautiful scars." Bernadette Marama Gavin
"This has to be one of the most inspiring books I've ever read. I am filled with inspiration to know I can get through anything that life throws at me. This book should be part of the school curriculum, it shares messages of resilience, strength and overcoming adversity with grace." Ally Crowe
"I love love this book. The chance to read everyone's scars and what makes people different and unique. Everyone has a story and we are all beautiful. The chance to share your story helps others grow with their pain and relate. " Keezia Turner
"Veronica, your story speaks to my soul in such a profound way. Thank you for sharing and igniting such a powerful movement! Beautifully, powerfully, raw, inspiring stuff!" Brent Elliott
"This is a book with soul. A book with so many different voices that offers hope and light. Read it. Be assured it's the stuff that makes you feel, that moves something inside the heart" Chrissy Beth