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Along Came A Writer, Guest Athena Dean Holtz, Author & Cult Survivor

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Along Came A Writer

Along Came A Writer


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About Author Athena Dean Holtz:

"I've spent the past 30 years in the book publishing industry, as co-founder and former owner of WinePress Publishing, I pioneered the independent publishing movement in the Christian book industry. I was blessed to spend a year as a radio personality on “Always Faithful Radio” a live radio program for women on AM 630 KSLR in San Antonio, TX where I served as broadcast missionary under Commission to Every Nation. Now I'm hosting the same show on AM 630 KCIS in Seattle, WA Fridays at 1PM PST. I am also a cult survivor, twice over. Once before I became a Christian I got sucked into and escaped from the Church of Scientology. After my salvation experience in 1986, I was lured into a legalistic, toxic, abusive Christian cult called Sound Doctrine. Ever since I walked away from this traumatic experience I've not been afraid to stand up and tell my story. It's created an immense backlash online by my abusers, but I have nothing to hide. I've learned a lot from that experience and God has taught me a great deal about why I was vulnerable in the first place. He has also given me great insights into deceivers and those who have been deceived as a result. I've written four books including my memoir, "Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God," "Consumed by Success: Reaching the Top and Finding God Wasn’t There," and "All That Glitters Is Not God." The most exciting thing that's happened to me recently is I married Ross Holtz, founding pastor of The Summit, an Evangelical Free Church. That means I'm now a pastor's wife...who knew? We now have a combined family of six sons, two daughters and 17 grandchildren, and absolutely LOVE boating and RVing. We live in Enumclaw where a large percentage of our grandkids live as well."