Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God - AUTOGRAPHED COPY

Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God - AUTOGRAPHED COPY

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SKU: 978-1-68314-237-9. Author Bio: Athena Dean Holtz Tags: : Biography

In the aftermath of spiritual abuse and toxic leadership, one woman’s shattered life is restored by the faithfulness of God. Athena’s driving desire for affirmation and attention pulled her away from her family, husband, and children into what she thought would bring happiness. Deceived by Scientology, forays into mysticism, and twelve years in a restrictive and legalistic cult, she lost everything—her marriage, relationships, home, business, money, and reputation. This is the candid and inspirational story of how her eyes were opened, how God restored what had been lost, and gave her the desires of her heart, including a new love.

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Warning: Do not pick up this book, if you are planning something important! My plan was to read it over the weekend, but four hours later I awoke to the realization that I had been captured by a love story. It is the embrace of a Father who loves us as we travel through the minefields of the agendas of those who would use and abuse us. It is a story of victory and redemption. It also is an immersion into the murky waters of a toxic church, and an experience that through Grace, the power of God redeems. This story is hope personified. Fred St Laurent is the CEO of The Book Club Network, Bookfun.org and Book Fun Magazine.
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Athena’s writing caught my attention when I read about her cult-like church experience some years ago. I’d gone through something similar in my family of origin, so I related. Shortly after I found her writings, she took a break from sharing her story to allow her family time to heal, and I realized how significant she’d already been to my own healing from religious abuse. I thought, Finally, someone understands. I felt the same sense of hope and restoration upon finishing Full Circle. In her book, Athena is factual about the brainwashing she experienced, transparent about her own mistakes, and grateful for God’s protection as she tried to find her way back to her faith. Her story is a beautiful one of God’s grace and redemption. S. Kim Henson, writer and blogger
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“The unfolding of Athena’s story of redemption is one that will touch lives bringing hope to those who are broken and needing restoration as they too choose true repentance and obedience.” Marlene Salcher, author of "God Speaks to Me? Tuning in to the Living God."
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Full Circle is an intriguing read written with bold courage and complete transparency that causes the reader to lock arms with Athena Holtz in her battle to find Truth. Spiritual abuse from church leadership is more prevalent than often realized, leaving deep wounds in its wake and scarred spirits that are reluctant to trust the One True God again. Athena instills hope in her reader and a reassurance that God is faithful to pursue His children, lead them in the paths of righteousness, and restore all the enemy has stolen through his deception. Full Circle is sure to encourage those who have been harmed in the clutches of spiritual abuse, but find themselves still longing to know the Lord, albeit with fear of more pain. Athena Holtz presents Truth, scriptural foundation, and testimony to anyone who wants to find their way back to the Truth of God's love and redemption. Nan Jones, Author of The Perils of a Pastor's Wife, Christian Speaker
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In Full Circle, you’ll read a story of a heroine who encounters many trials, hardships, broken hearts and moments of joy that take her on a journey she never could have imagined. And, it’s all true! I met Athena after she had received Christ but was in the grips of a cult (which by the way, none of us knew at the time, including Athena). After I would speak with her, I would walk away thinking, there is something holding her back, she isn’t every fully herself. I summarized she was an introvert (oh how wrong I was). It wasn’t long before I watched Athena break free. It was like watching a butterfly struggle and battle to get out of a cocoon. From the cocoon of abuse, cults and all emerged this beautiful woman of God. A woman God had been pursuing all of her life. A woman the enemy didn’t want found. But God is faithful (one of Athena’s hastags if you will). Deuteronomy 4:29 promises: “But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.” And, Psalm 22:26: “The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord!” Athena, from where she was, began to seek for the true God and she found Him because as she does everything, she was in with her whole heart and whole soul. Once afflicted, she now eats at the Father’s table and is satisfied and praise resounds. Loving pursuit, redemption, forever after…ah, the stuff that princess tales are made of. Enjoy! Kim Bangs Friend, fellow writer’s conference faculty Senior Acquisitions Editor for Bethany House and Chosen Books
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Toxic spiritual abuse nearly destroyed Athena and yet God’s redemption is woven through her story. His faithfulness rescued her, and the obedience to listen to the whisper of God's truth led her out of a destructive cult. Satan is masterful at weaving lies with a little bit of truth for the purpose of distorting God's character. Athena reminds us how easy it is to stray if we don’t know His truth for ourselves and the consequences of unhealthy dependence on others. Her story is the brilliant reminder of God’s unfathomable grace to all of us. Full Circle will capture your heart and reminds us to stay close to Jesus ever listening for his voice. Cynthia Cavanaugh, Author, Speaker and Life Coach. www.cynthiacavanaugh.com
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You can’t help but have God speak directly to your heart while reading Athena’s words in Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God. Prepare to be humbled by Athena’s vulnerability. Prepare to have God shine a spotlight on the cracks in your faith. Prepare to be changed. — Bethany Jett, award-winning author of The Cinderella Rule: A Young Woman’s Guide to Happily Ever After
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Athena Dean Holtz is an extremely intelligent and articulate woman who has lived an eventful life full of profound spiritual, family and professional challenges. Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God is a great read for anyone trying to comprehend how a bright individual can find herself trapped in a dark, cultish environment. Her autobiography is also a powerful example of how God’s mercy and faithfulness restore and renew individuals who entrust their lives to Christ’s care. Athena gives us an honest and somewhat unfiltered look at her struggles, successes, hardships and heartaches, with the ultimate redemptive work of the cross undergirding her story telling. Although this world is full of spiritual abuses and counterfeit spiritual expressions, Athena Dean Holtz reminds us that the truth of the Gospel is a firm foundation that can rescue those lost or deceived because of relational brokenness or religious hardship. As the title of her book suggests, the faithfulness of God is a home every believer can find, no matter where they have roamed. For those who feel lost or for those trying to help the lost, Athena Dean Holtz’s Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God is a worthy find. Doug Bursch, pastor, radio talk show host
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With candid vulnerability, Athena Dean Holz shares the tangled journey of her heartbreaks through life—choices interwoven in a quest for value, an inner cry to be seen and truly known. Her story is a poignant reminder that no matter where life takes us, or what our eyes can see, we do not walk this journey alone but are accompanied step-by-step by the One who is always faithful. This is the story of love. -- Lorraine Marie Varela, author of Love in the Face of ISIS and Powerful Moments in the Presence of God.
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Full Circle, Athena Dean Holtz’s new memoir, answers an important question: “How does a person of great intelligence and Biblical knowledge, become deceived and ensnared in a cult?” Athena's story of abuse, deception, and loss is achingly transparent, and ultimately, a valuable resource for others in similar circumstances. And if simply freeing oneself from the clutches of evil was it’s only lesson, it would still be worth the read. But it’s also a victorious story that reminds us that God is ever faithful and restores what the enemy has stolen. Long a presence in the world of Christian publishing, Athena finally brings us her story of restoration and the testimony of a broken life redeemed by a good, good Father. Don’t miss Full Circle. Deb DeArmond, speaker and author of Don’t Go to Bed Angry. Stay Up and Fight. www.debdearmond.com

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