Beauty Defiled, Beauty Revealed

A Tragic Story of True Blessing

by Mark Scholten



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/17/2013

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 194
ISBN : 9781490800158
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 192
ISBN : 9781490800165
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 192
ISBN : 9781490800172

About the Book

     What happens when you have God's blessing nailed down, and then without warning an evil intruder rips everything apart?

I had a corner on the good life. Driven by my material appetite, strategically balanced by religion, I desperately played both sides. Comfortable in a good marriage, with two kids, and a home situated on a small horse farm, I was truly blessed.
     Everything changed in an instant with the discovery of a lump, but some things changed in ways I could never have imagined.
By probing the joy and heartache of the past in the redemptive light of precious promises kept, this narrative paints a picture of beauty defiled unfolding to startling beauty revealed. You're invited on a journey of discovery that may change the way you think about blessing.
A story of praise and healing, though not in the popular sense; it's a drama of marital love and faithfulness that prevails against great odds."

Rev. Sherwin (Chic) Broersma, D. Min., Retired RCA Pastor

"Mark's journey into death leads you beyond the struggle to a hallowed place of surrender. You will be both encouraged and equipped through this book."
Sarah Schieber, singer, songwriter, author, speaker

"Find hope in the midst of deep grief and loss. Take and read!"
Rev. Keith A. Derrick, Dir. of Journey, Center for Learning at Western Theological Seminary

About the Author

Mark Scholten hasn’t arrived, but is striving to be a fully devoted follower of Christ cleverly disguised as a father, friend, and employee. Before diving into that endeavor he studied management and plastics engineering at two universities in Michigan. As a young man he developed interests in motorcycles, football, movies and reading, which still hold sway over him, especially on weekends.


He lives in northern Michigan with his daughter and son on a small farm that boasts gold-buckle-winning quarter horses, and a slightly overweight pug. Change comes slowly to that part of the world, if at all; perhaps that is why change in Mark’s life needed to be spurred by pain and sorrow.