Finding the Faithfulness of God


About Athena

I’m a podcaster, former radio host, author, speaker, publisher, bookstore owner, and a pastor’s wife. I’m active in my small-town community and recently served as president of Northwest Christian Writers. I help women who’ve been wounded by the church or other traumatic life experiences so they can learn to trust God again. After 13 years of a “Job-like” experience where I lost everything I held dear, I found God redeeming me in ways I 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 me through the valley of the shadow of (emotional) death and brought me into wholeness and restoration. My modern-day Cinderella story is a testimony to the faithfulness of God. More recently in 2018 I experienced some storms in my publishing business that forced me to look at unhealthy ways I avoided conflict and ended up paying a dear price for sticking my head in the sand. How God worked in the midst of that workplace challenge was refining and rewarding in so many ways! I share that story in a recent podcast hosted by my friend and co-laborer, Cynthia Cavanaugh, called Soul Anchor.

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.

Full Circle is a story of one woman’s struggle to understand her incomparable worth in Christ. Through rejection, rebellion, and fear until she found herself in the clutches of a cult author Athena Dean experienced true redemption, freedom and renewal as she surrendered to Jesus. An important story for anyone who has wandered lost, longing to be found.” Mary E. DeMuth, Author of Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love for You Makes You Worthy

Athena is on the move! You can now catch her multiple times weekly on her YouTube channel or weekly on her podcast.


Be sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss a single episode of the Redeemed & Restored, (uploaded every Friday) weekly Facebook LIVES, answers to difficult questions, encouragement and inspiration to make it through these daunting days, as well as spontaneous & fun “on-location” videos.


If simple audio is more your cup-of-tea, be sure to subscribe to the Redeemed & Restored Podcast where Athena takes you on a journey of experiencing the faithfulness of God.


From the spark of your idea to the distribution of your finished book, Redemption Press offers a full range of services to help your story—your message—reach your audience.

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In May of 2019, God gave me a vision for a movement. He gave me the name “She Writes for Him.” It would start as a book compilation, then a podcast, then a bootcamp, and finally a conference.

Just one year later, on May 12, 2020, She Writes for Him: Stories of Resilient Faith launched. The first book in the series features Carol Kent, Tammy Trent, Dr. Saundra Dalton Smith and 27 other brave women who share their hard stories of abortion, depression, betrayal, loss, and shame. The next edition features best- selling authors Liz Curtis Higgs, Cheri Keaggy, Pam Farrel, Debbie Alsdorf and many more brand-new authors. Also in mid-May of 2020, in the midst of a crippling and isolating pandemic, Redemption Press hosted a 3-day She Writes for Him Online Writer’s Conference with 33+ industry professionals who fed over 400 women the Word of God and rich writing and speaking craft training. Watching God work in these ministry efforts has offered me some extraordinary insights into His ways and goodness.

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A Modern-Day Cinderella Story

I love adding value to events, from emceeing to facilitating expert panels, to workshops or keynotes, I’ve been speaking to groups, large and small, for over 30 years. My passion is to see believers come to a place of understanding the undeniable faithfulness of God, no matter how difficult our circumstances might be. My background of coming out of the deception involved in a spiritually abusive church environment, combined with my years of ministry to wives of Vietnam veterans and other trauma survivors who’ve suffered with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, gives me a unique perspective.

My own struggles and quest to heal in an authentic way has equipped me with an enormous capacity for compassion and empathy, along with scriptural answers to the struggles we face when we’ve been hurt by others. 

I’m available in person or virtually to emcee your event, speak for women’s retreats, business groups, luncheons, conferences, workshops and keynote sessions.  

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