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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Ever wonder how a person can become victim to religious brain washing? In her new book Athena shares her story. From the time she was a young girl her longing to feel significant and special took her to depths of sorrow. Believing those who told her that aborting her baby was best sent her searching for answers. With a lifelong yearning to find God, Athena unwittingly allowed herself to be brainwashed by a number of cults which continually brought her to the brink of destruction. But God who is rich in mercy redeemed Athena's brokenness through grace and Truth. Her story will help you: • -Discern your own vulnerability to false teaching • -Discover the One who will fill the void in your soul • -Realize the importance of studying and knowing God's Word • -Guard against religions that twist the true meaning of Scripture • -Find comfort and hope as you pray for others who are being deceived ~Rhonda Stoppe author: Real Life Romance (Harvest House Publishers 2018)
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FULL CIRCLE paints with vivid word pictures the lack we surely feel and the hunger we rarely face and almost never reveal to God, ourselves and others. Thank you, Athena for the hope you poured onto the pages that we might find the wholeness we all deserve to know, to be and to live. BRAVO! Michele Pillar, 3 time GRAMMY nominated singer, speaker and author of UNTANGLED, The Truth Will Set You Free
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What a joy it is for me to recommend to you Full Circle. I recommend it not only because it tells the sometimes painful and sometimes hopeful story of Athena Dean Holtz and God's faithfulness to her, I am recommending it because I was there to see parts of this story unfold, and I can tell you it did happen. You see, during Athena's time as a member of a Christian cult in Enumclaw, I was pastoring a local church in the same town and I served as the president of the local ministerial association. It was common for me in these roles to be contacted by concerned families from around the United States, and even from outside the U.S. I had a few "run-ins" with the cult and its leader. The cult leader even went so far as to issue a declaration excommunicating me from the body of Christ. I watched as a shepherd in our city as a well-known Christian publishing company was consumed. I wept over the lives of people who were destroyed by contact with this cult. And I was stunned the day I received a Facebook message from Athena telling me she had left the cult and was on the journey to rediscovering our God of grace. I kept in contact with Athena through Facebook. I saw her life changing in so many ways, finding grace and healing. We exchanged brief notes from time to time. Little did I realize that I was about to be stunned again: She and one of my dearest ministry friends were getting married! I am glad to read this book and get the inside story. This book is her story wrapped up in God's story of redemption, healing, and restoration, bringing us Full Circle because He is always faithful. Jeff Roper Area Missionary to Europe Foursquare Missions International
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In “Full Circle” Athena Dean Holtz gives a vulnerable account of the path we can travel down when we try to fill “God-shaped holes” with anything but Him. Yet just as the title suggests, she reveals how despite our misguided decisions and the lure of the enemy, God is always at work wooing His children back to Him, where He can faithfully be the healer, the provider, the sustainer, the protector, and the redeemer we all long for. This is a vital message for anyone who feels lost or abandoned by God, or who needs the assurance that nothing separates us from the love of God. -Dr. Michelle Bengtson Speaker and Author of “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression”
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In this engrossing memoir, Athena Dean lays bare the good, the ugly, and the bittersweet of her past. Her story of a life marred by abuse, mistakes, deception, and ultimately, redemption reads as both a warning call to sincere believers and a love song to her Lord and Savior. Full Circle is a bold and transparent book that elicited both tears and cheers from me as I read it cover to cover. Highly recommended. ~ Julie Carobini, author of Walking on Sea Glass
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"Athena has written a compelling memoir of redemption. Her story includes domestic abuse, spiritual deception, and finally the kind of restoration that can only come when God steps in. Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God is a page-turner!” Nick Harrison, author of Magnificent Prayer and Power in the Promises.
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Athena Dean’s book, Full Circle, will draw you in as this neglected little girl searches for love and meaning in all the wrong places. Thankfully, our God is a restorer of lives and Athena’s redemption story is powerful. You will not be able to put this book down! —Lisa Burkhardt Worley, award-winning author
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This book drew me in and captivated me for the next four hours. I love Athena Dean Holtz’s book FULL CIRCLE because it is a raw and honest love story. Love in a marriage, love for success and her quest to fully know the love of God. Athena’s engaging and lively writing style shows how easily we can be deceived in our quest for what we think is right and good. This book will enthral the reader as Athena weaves us through the depth of despair, and takes us to the heights of love and renewed hope. I highly recommend this book for personal reading and a gift to those looking for deeper faith and hope. Heidi McLaughlin, International Speaker and Author of Restless for More, Fulfillment in Unexpected Places. www.heartconnection.ca
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Athena has done and experienced more in her lifetime than one might think possible. She went from incredible success to unthinkable emotional slavery, nearly losing herself and everything she held dear to a controlling and destructive cult. But then God showed up, changed her thinking and surrounded her with life-changing, freedom bringing grace. This true story is a thought provoking and God-glorifying tale of one woman’s journey of learning to live deeply and fully loved. ~Jennifer Slattery, author of Restoring Love and founder of Wholly Loved Ministries.
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I highly recommend Athena’s story, Full Circle. It is a refreshingly honest story of one woman’s search for God’s best for her life. Athena & I became good friends in the early 1990’s. Over the years we would spend time together when we were both exhibitors and/or presenters at ICRS, NRB & Writer’s Conferences. I watched the change in her when she became involved with the Williamses and rejoiced with her when she finally realized their church was a cult. She paid a high price when she left, but because of the desire of her heart for God’s perfect will, He has given her a husband to love her, a ministry and a restored business. Her story of coming back “full circle” is a must read Joyce Hart Owner & CEO of Hartline Literary Agency

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