As a gemologist and wildfire survivor who lost all her possessions and home in a national disaster, Elizabeth Van Tassel really has lived with diamonds, losing everything, and persevering through seasons of miracles and great loss. Determined to thrive, rather than just get by after adversity hit, her creative eye and stories of survival help others rise above circumstances with practical, time-saving, fun-infusing lifestyle tips for families, single parents, kids, and adults.
On her Thorn & Vine blog, she blogs about Life 101: living well and intentionally, A Beautiful Life: exploring creativity and beauty, and Life Stories: stories of resilience, inspiring interviews, and book reviews.
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-Sara Ella, young adult author for Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson
“As a mom, I’m always seeking clean adventure reads for my girls. Elizabeth’s storytelling can only be described as magical. Her passion for the Word shines through her writing. Tweens (and adults) will be swept away by Elizabeth’s imaginative story-world.”
-Sally John, novelist, Family of the Heart Series, Side Roads Series, and others
“From being my cohort in surviving a wildfire, to using her perspective of resilience to inspire others, Elizabeth’s enthusiasm helps her audience and friends find fresh hope.”
- Nadine Brandes, young adult author with Enclave Publishing
“Elizabeth’s passion for the life story God’s given her helps youth and parents alike to rise above the weight of this world.”
- Bob Hamer, former undercover FBI agent. Author of American Heroes of the Homefront.
“Elizabeth and her family have faced great challenges and refused to let their light dim. We’ve walked in their home’s ashes and witnessed their medical miracles first-hand. What Elizabeth has crafted helps others live with more resilience whatever they’ve faced and will help this generation with great hope.”
- Sandra H. Esch, President, San Diego American Christian Fiction Writers author of the Amber Leaf Trilogy
“Elizabeth has an uncanny ability to see a broader picture and the energy and generosity of heart to share it with wit and wisdom. To say she lit up our audience is an understatement.”
- Tina Radcliffe, Harlequin Love Inspired author and Seekerville Blog
“Elizabeth is the real thing. She radiates joy inside and out. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and it’s evidenced by joy. That’s the message she lives and delivers.”
- Debbie Hamer, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) mentor director
“During her children’s young years, Elizabeth was a compassionate leader and sought to help other MOPS moms by sharing her stories of endurance and miracles. When she spoke to our group, her hope to rise above difficult circumstances encouraged many.”
Virgillio Baquero, Ernst & Young Partner and Audit Director, Bogota, Colombia
“What she has just written is like poetry! I love it!”
- Valerie Meddaugh, Ernst & Young Partner, Austin, Texas
“I’d like to see you here in 10 years; for the firm to have changed because of your ideas. You need to clone yourself and teach others your skills.”
Tim Durkin, Ernst & Young Partner and Southern Management Consulting Marketing Director, Dallas, Texas
“You did a great job moderating and have become quite a professional. Congratulations on your success with the event!”