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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God by Athena Dean Holtz is an incredible story of loss and redemption. But just saying loss would be simplistic, very simplistic. This is one woman’s journey through an epic fall to finding trust and healing in Jesus. Fired with the desire to know God, Athena was open to exploring different spiritual paths. She describes herself as a woman who wanted attention from childhood and one who wanted a very deep spiritual connection. But her search for God led her to the wrong places.
She writes: “The enemy used my hunger for God with my typical reckless abandon (normal for a type-A) to draw me into what I finally realized was a bona fide Christian cult. That hunger for God was misused by a man I allowed to become a spiritual authority in my life. He misused that authority and through him, the enemy robbed me of my marriage, my family relationships, my house, car, credit rating, my 3.5-million-dollar Christian publishing company, and almost my faith.” In clear and powerful words, she described how an encounter with the wife of Tim Williams, the founding Pastor of Sound Doctrine precipitated her fall.
This is Athena Dean Holtz’s unfiltered story of her epic fall — through all forms of abuses — to finding redemption in Christ, but it is also the story of the psychological game played by pseudo-pastors who prey on weak and searching souls for their own personal gain. This book contains wisdom and principles that everyone seriously searching for God should know. The story is told in clear and beautiful prose and one has no doubt that it is written by someone who knows the publishing business from close quarters. Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God is both delightful and informative, a story that will make readers alert and warn them of the dangers on the spiritual path. I enjoyed every bit of it. It is, indeed, a powerful testimony of God’s redeeming love.