Athena Dean Holtz

About Athena

I’m a publisher, speaker, author, professional emcee, podcaster, blogger, former radio host, 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 have been wounded by the church or other traumatic life experiences heal through the power of God’s Word and His Spirit. 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.

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