I’ve spent the past 30 years in the book publishing industry, as co-founder and former owner of the pioneering custom publishing company in the Christian book industry, and one-on-one as a freelance publishing coach. I have also done lots of blogging at my personal site, www.athenadeanholtz.com.
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. In fact, the Lord recently opened a door for me to relaunch Always Faithful here on AM 630 KCIS in Seattle.
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.
Early in 2014, I returned to publishing in the Northwest and co-founded Redemption Press. The amazing part of that story is God brought me full circle, back to the offices I used to occupy before my detour into deception.
I’ve written four books including, “Consumed by Success: Reaching the Top and Finding God Wasn’t There,” “All That Glitters Is Not God,” and my most recent, my memoir, “Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God.” And my personal blog was included in the Top 100 Faith Blogs for Christian Women for 2015.
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.
I’d love to hear from you and discover how the lessons I’ve learned could help you or your church.