Beauty Beyond the Thorns: Discovering Gifts in Suffering


Darci J. Steiner
Author, Nutritionist

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Caregiving and Care Receiving

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If you are experiencing a season of suffering, you will find hope, humor, and healing throughout the pages of Beauty Beyond the Thorns: Discovering Gifts in Suffering. Modern-day stories of suffering are paralleled with biblical accounts of healing that will both enrich your understanding of the Bible and provide hope for your personal journey.

We all need healing, whether experiencing physical or emotional pain from the thorns of divorce, job loss, grief, addiction, disability, or financial troubles. When we follow Jesus, God offers us gifts such as joy, hope, compassion, and mercy to help us not only endure our suffering but find meaning in it.

In Beauty Beyond the Thorns and its companion, Study Guide for Beauty Beyond the Thorns, Darci inspires and equips us to endure trials with meaningful insights she has gained during her physical and emotional suffering. Look inside for inspiration and to learn how to discover empowering gifts to assist you along your healing journey.

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Darci's Bio

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Tel: 303-618-7899

Darci J. Steiner has served in the ministry as a teen and women’s ministry leader, as well as assisted with church plants in Denver and Los Angeles. In 2001, Darci nearly lost her life after a debilitating fall down the stairs in her home. During her six year recovery, she earned her Master of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition and implemented natural remedies into her lifestyle that helped save her life.


In 2018, when Darci became disabled a second time, she began writing to distract her from her pain. By 2021, Darci published her debut book and study guide, Beauty Beyond the Thorns: Discovering Gifts in Suffering and Study Guide for Beauty Beyond the Thorns.


Darci and her husband have two adult daughters and a baby granddaughter. They live in the Denver area.


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"I love the content of Beauty Beyond the Thorns—it’s a wonderful mix of intellectually stimulating information, theologically inspiring exegesis, personal stories, and incredible poetry.

I believe this book would be an extraordinary blessing to anyone who wants to walk with Jesus every day. I can only begin to imagine the impact it would have on someone who deals with chronic pain or significant tragedy."


Lead Follower—Castle Oaks Covenant Church, Castle Rock, CO

"A journey through time, culture, pain, and the divine stories found within them all, Darci Joy Steiner's unique devotional is one to be savored slowly. Each chapter in Beauty Beyond the Thorns: Discovering Gifts in Suffering is filled with perspective that can only come from one who has walked out the reality of each title. You'll not find shallow platitudes; rather, you'll be deeply encouraged in your own journey of faith to see God's presence in rich and meaningful ways."


Mentor, storyteller, and author of

One Woman Can Change the World: Reclaiming Your God-Designed Influence and Impact Right Where You Are

"Darci has an excellent and rare presence as an author. She is beautifully honest, humble, and powerful. Her beauty lies in the calmness of her tone while discussing earth-shattering revelations about God and suffering.

Truly, I wish I had had this book to read when I went through the last 5 years of my own life. Steiner's premise of the book is while she previously went through tragedy and pain, she realized good DID come from it. To now be suffering again, Darci is almost suffering with excitement for what God is trying to teach her. It's astounding."


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Speaking Details

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Inspirational Speaking

I speak about a myriad of subjects!

  • Keynote: Hope Still...

  • Hope in Suffering

  • Christian topics

  • My view on why God allows pain

  • Perseverance

  • Holistic Health

  • Marriage and family with disability

  • My book, Beauty Beyond the Thorns: Discovering Gifts in Suffering

To inquire about a speaking engagement, please email or call Darci.


Speaking engagements primarily limited to online and in the Denver area. Please call or write for more information.

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Mark and Darci 

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Speaking together about

finding hope in suffering

  • A caregiver's perspective

  • A caregiver's needs

  • Taking on more responsibility

  • Receiving care without guilt

  • Losing independence

  • Staying close

  • This is "our" journey

Mark and Darci live in the Denver area and have been married for 30 years. They have two adult daughters and one baby granddaughter!

Mark has served in full-time ministry in San Francisco and Thailand. In the late 80's Mark helped Cambodian refugees from the Khmer Rouge “killing fields" and the fighting between Cambodian guerillas and the Vietnamese army on the border of Cambodia and Thailand.

Mark is an entrepreneur, a caregiver for Darci, a mentor, and a servant of Christ. See Darci on homepage tab for her bio information. 


To inquire about a speaking engagement,

please email or call.



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Nutrition Counseling

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Radiant Holistic Nutrition

The Name

Radiant represents the Father who is light.

Holistic Nutrition is the name of the Master of Science degree I earned in 2007.

The Practice

Without eating good food our Creator has made, we cannot survive—at least not for long.

I have counseled clients since 2008, and have watched people's lives change. I've experienced the benefits myself, as I was my case study during my schooling. I went from planning our will, to planning menu's for client ailments.

What we consume, often consumes us. We have it backwards. Instead of food consuming our emotions and bodies, our brains can unlearn food addictions. We can learn how to eat healthily. Honestly, most of us have never been taught. That's why I'm here. Let me know your need, and we'll see if I'm a match to help. Free 10 minute consult. Email me here.


Online Nutritional Consultations Available

Services Include:

Weight Loss or Gain

Pain Management

The Edge Sports Nutrition for Teens

General Well-being

Meal Plans

Allergy Assistance

Gluten-free Eating

To schedule, email or 

call 303.618.7899


$85/hour Zoom

$75/hour with 3+ visits

The services of a nutritionist, with a Letter of Medical Necessity (LMN), are generally eligible for reimbursement with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HFA). Check with your plan administrator.

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