I hope to communicate God’s transforming power through the spoken and written word, particularly to women. I’m convinced that embracing the liberating rest of the true Gospel through single-minded focus on Christ and its tangible expression in God’s Word, is the answer to every problem, the key to personal change, and the only way to attain lasting, positive results: God’s perfect plan for our individual lives and the confidence to embrace it.
I pray that my passionate faith in Christ, extraordinary life challenges, my own transformed life testimony and ongoing messy adventure are a powerful witness and honest encouragement to other women as we navigate life this side of heaven.
I’m married to Ray, an artist and addictions counselor, am mom to Pierce and Isaac, stepmom to grown kids Megan and Josh, and Nanabella to Hunter and Logan
Born in Southern California and raised in Maryland, we now live on Florida’s Suncoast.
Born Isabella Campolattaro in Southern California, on the surface, my life seemed charmed at the onset. My parents, recent transplants from Italy, were both warm, interesting, highly educated people who appeared to be starting a remarkable life in the United States, with all the promise of the American Dream. Yet despite appearances, our family was deeply dysfunctional, fraught with alcoholism, troubled histories, misguided wealth and ambition, mental illness, and other seeds that foretold disaster.
Eventually, our family disintegrated, ultimately leading to poverty, my mom’s mental collapse and homelessness, and my older brother dying of a drug overdose. Awkward and full of well-grounded fear, I was a consummate good girl and tried hard to fix my family, myself and others—a futile and exhausting undertaking. As a result I lived a angst-filled double-life, seeking comfort in an obsessive ambition to succeed, control, broken relationships and alcohol, all of which left me empty and longing even while creating its own wreckage.
Through a miraculous and unlikely series of events and people the Hound of Heaven brought my way, that longing eventually led me to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and an extraordinary, event-filled and ongoing journey of transformation.
I continue to find that my continuing journey is one that affirms God’s faithfulness, love and power to transform tragedy into victories, blessing her and others along the way.
The heart of my message is grace, the truly unmerited favor God has extended to me, not because of my goodness but because of his goodness in spite of my badness, even while he continues the work he started in me.
A longtime professional writer, I’m privileged to be in the company of some dazzling inspirational women writers as a contributor to Guideposts Books, Mornings with Jesus 2018 and 2019 editions and Every Day with Jesus, scheduled for release in spring, 2018.
I am also Founding President of MightyTykes, a special needs product company inspired by the birth of her son Isaac, who has Down syndrome. I am an active church and school volunteer, have served as a member of my former church’s women ministry leadership team, communication chair, Sunday school teacher, and author of a monthly devotional published through my church women’s newsletter, The Spice.
My Bible study Embracing Life: Letting God Determine Your Destiny is also the basis of a series of radio messages on WDTF radio program Around the Kitchen Table, with Christian Counselor Carol Ambrose.
With a Master of Science degree in Management and Public Relations, I’ve enjoyed a diverse and interesting career in communications and continue to work with select clients.