Athena Dean Holtz: Rescued and Redeemed from the Ruins of Spiritual Abuse

In the aftermath of spiritual abuse by toxic leaders of a cult, Athena Holtz’s shattered life seemed hopeless. She desperately needed to be rescued and redeemed from the ruins of spiritual abuse.

Deceived by Scientology, the New Age movement, and twelve years in a restrictive and legalistic cult, she lost everything–her marriage, relationships, home, business, money, and reputation–gone.

But the devestation of spiritual abuse is not how this story ends…

In this candid and inspirational episode, Athena shares how her shattered life was transformed. Hear how God restored what was taken from her, and how He gave her the desires of her heart, including the love of her life (see their sweet photo below!).

Athena affectionately refers to her full-circle story as a Cinderella story and it is truly an amazing one!

I know what Athena has to share will encourage, inspire, and challenge you so listen in while I have a chat with Athena Dean Holtz…

Favorite Quotes from the show…

“…everytime I had a thought–one of those thoughts that I was brainwashed into thinking–I’d say, ‘Holy Spirit, what do You say?'”

…it was my wounding that made me vulnerable to deception.”

–Athena Dean Holtz

Connect with Athena!

You can connect with Athena at and pick up her amazing book Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God where you’ll find more of Athena’s amazing God story of redemption and restoration.

More About Athena…

Athena Dean Holtz is a podcaster, former radio host, author, speaker, publisher, bookstore owner, and pastor’s wife. After 13 years of a “Job-like” experience where she lost everything she held dear, she found God redeeming her in ways she could never have expected. Through this intense period of suffering and healing from the fallout of toxic leadership and extreme spiritual abuse, God proved Himself faithful to walk with Athena through the valley of the shadow of (emotional) death and brought her into wholeness and restoration. Her modern-day Cinderella story is a testimony to the faithfulness of God.

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