Author, ‘Broken Beauty: Piecing Together Lives Shattered by Early-Onset Alzheimer’s’
- University of Texas at Austin grad (speech communications)
- Navigating Alzheimer’s with her mother, ‘Beauty’, who is currently suffering from the disease
- Serves in multiple assisted living and memory care facilities
- Actively involved with organizations such as Council for Life, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and Community Bible Study.
- Has served on various boards and committees, including the Greer Garson Gala, the Presbyterian Hospital Healthcare Foundation, East-West Ministries, AWARE Dallas and the Providence Christian School of Texas
Sarah Bearden Smith is a housewife, a mother of three, a lifelong Texan and a woman of deep faith. Her childhood was anchored by her family’s faith and their participation in church activities. A gifted athlete who reached elite status in competitive gymnastics by the age of 13, Sarah was born and raised in the Houston area and remained there until her departure for the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a speech communications major and varsity cheerleader. Following graduation, she remained in Austin, working in the software and high-tech industry, before marrying and moving to Dallas. There, Sarah and her husband have served on various boards and committees, including the Greer Garson Gala, the Presbyterian Hospital Healthcare Foundation, East-West Ministries, AWARE Dallas and the Providence Christian School of Texas. They actively serve with their children in assisted living and memory care facilities and support organizations such as Council for Life, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and Community Bible Study. .
- Christian faith
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Family life
- Finding hope, joy in the midst of difficult circumstances
“So many of us have been touched by the ripple effect of a loved one being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Broken Beauty is a story of fighting for a life given a terminal diagnosis, living one day and moment at a time, and proof that with God, anything is possible. Sarah’s journey, outlined in these pages, brings hope and light to what, from a distance, might seem hopeless and dark. Love always wins.”
Michael W. Smith, Singer/Songwriter
“There are few subjects that compel us to look into the broken heart of human existence as this one does. But this marvelous book shows that it is precisely because of this that our deepest need for God—and His willingness to meet that need—can also be gloriously revealed, if we are willing.”
Eric Metaxas, New York Times best-selling author of Bonhoeffer and Miracles, and nationally syndicated radio host
“Heartfelt, heartbreaking, ultimately hopeful, Broken Beauty is the kind of book you buy for friends and then a week later, get together and talk about it over a cappuccino.”
Ron Hall, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Same Kind of Different as Me, and producer and writer of the Paramount film of the same name
“In a culture where our value is measured by our looks, our income, and our talent, we need reminders of the beauty of sacrificial love and the truth of the inherent worth every human has because they are made in God’s image. Broken Beauty is a reminder that is beautifully written and full of grace and truth.”
John Stonestreet, president, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview
“A beautifully written book by Sarah Smith. Having lost my mom to Alzheimer’s many years ago, it was as if I were living my own journey all over again. It touched all the same emotions that I’m sure every son or daughter has gone through with a loved one. A step-by- step story of a tragic disease and how the good Lord carried this family through it.”
Lee Majors, film and television actor of The Big Valley, The Six Million Dollar Man, and The Fall Guy
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