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All Things

All Things

By Athena Dean Holtz
A Gathering Place to Share Stories of God’s Goodness
If you need encouragement and inspiration to see God working all things together for good, even in the midst of difficult and sometimes traumatic situations, this podcast is for you! Come meet Redemption Press authors with Romans 8:28 stories to warm your soul. Leave with tips and tools to help you on your journey.
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Cynthia & Athena on the Upcoming She Writes for Him Bootcamp & Leslie Dallas’s Romans 8:28 Story
Go from book idea to manuscript blueprint in 21 days in the She Writes for Him Bootcamp and another inspiring story of redemption from our last Bootcamp.
September 30, 2020
Danielle Ripley-Burgess on Surviving Colon Cancer, Twice! Vickie Burns Shares Hospitality from the Heart - Episode 45
Danielle Ripley-Burgess shares her Romans 8:28 story from her memoir, BLUSH: How I barely survived 17. She tells the incredible story of surviving two bouts with one of the toughest types of cancer for a young girl to talk about, and how God used that struggle to draw her to Himself. Then during the second half of the show, Vicki Burns will share the heart behind Priceless: A Devotional Cookbook Based on Proverbs 31.
September 23, 2020
Dr. Ben Young Shares Tips and Insight to Survive the Day and Dr. Bob Flanagan on Courage to Thrive Amid Mental Illness Struggles - Ep. 44
Bestselling author Dr. Ben Young uses his own past struggles and life experiences to encourage us to tap into the strength to move forward. And Redemption Press author, Dr. Bob Flanagan shares tips and tools to thrive even if you're struggling with depression, anxiety or possible suicidal thoughts. The current stay at home orders have created so much extra stress and pressure that insight and guidance from sage counselors who know what it feels like to struggle offer the hope we all need.
September 16, 2020
Micah Ruth on Key Moments that Shaped her Identity. Two more Romans 8:28 Stories with Laurie Jeron and Carol Larson - Ep 43
Micah Ruth, Redemption Press author of "You Are Loved & Free: A Guided Journey to Winning the Battle for Your Identity" shares game changing moments in her life that moved her both away from and closer to her true identity. Then two more She Writes for Him Bootcamp graduates share their Romans 8:28 stories, Laurie Jeron and Carol Larson.
September 9, 2020
Dr. Michelle Bengtson on Mental Health and the Church and Dr. Mary Naegeli on Finding Calm Amid Cancer Anxiety - Ep. 42
An impromptu conversation with Dr. Michelle Bengtson discusses the challenges in the church with mental health issues and a call to authenticity and support by those we look to for help in our church world. And an incredible story of God's healing of lung cancer in someone who never smoked and was never around second hand smoke. 
September 2, 2020
White Parents with Black Children and a Romans 8:28 God with Debbi Migit - Bonus Content - Ep. 41
Redemption Press author Debbi Migit shares the struggles and stigma they’ve encountered raising black children in their white world.
August 28, 2020
Jim Keller on the Upside Down Marriage & Jessica Van Roekel's Journey through postpartum - Ep 40
Marriage expert and licensed counselor Jim Keller challenges couples to do the opposite of what they might think. Fight more. Have less sex. Stop spending so much time together. It sounds crazy, but by embracing a plan that seems upside down, couples may discover an inverted path to a flourishing marriage. And She Writes for Him Bootcamp graduate shares her Romans 8:28 journey through postpartum depression.
August 26, 2020
Dr. Rene Rochester Discusses Racial Injustice in Academia - Bonus Content - Episode 39
An incredible story of courage and perseverance in the face of racial mistreatment and injustice as overcomer Dr. Rene Rochester succeeds in this difficult environment.
August 21, 2020
Lucinda Secrest McDowell on Dwelling in Him & Christine Rose on Life After #MeToo - Episode 38
Bestselling author Lucinda Secrest McDowell shares keys to staying soul strong and Redemption Press author, coach Christine Rose explores how telling our #MeToo stories after our own healing can bring true freedom.
August 19, 2020
Sharon Norris Elliott on Racial Injustice - Bonus Content - Episode 37
An eye-opening conversation about the systemic racism built into our culture towards American descendents of slaves.
August 14, 2020
Brenda Wilbee on Taming Our Dragons and Sara Cormany's Romans 8:28 Story - Episode 36
Redemption Press author Brenda Wilbee discusses powerful choices for women in conflict and pain, and She Writes for Him Bootcamp grad Sara Cormany shares how God works all things together for good even in the midst of chronic pain and illness.
August 12, 2020
Crisis & Trauma Counselor Dr. Sabrina Black on Racial Injustice - Bonus Content - Episode 35
Continuing the conversation about racial injustice and what we as white sisters in Christ can do to be part of the change.
August 7, 2020
Heidi McLaughlin shares JOY After Great Loss and Maureen Hager’s Romans 8:28 Story - Episode 34
Two wonderfully inspirational Romans 8:28 stories from international author and speaker Heidi McLaughlin and former biker gang member Maureen Hager.
August 5, 2020
Impromptu Conversation About Our Shepherd with Andrea Tomassi - BONUS CONTENT - Episode 33
During our Redemption Press Team Meeting this week, Andrea presented a devotional to get us started. It was one of the best illustrations of the goodness of God I've heard, so we jumped on a call to share the real life illustration with our listeners. Enjoy!
August 2, 2020
Writing When You’re Sad with the She Writes for Him Team - Episode 32
On the 5th Wednesday of the month, Cynthia and Andi join Athena to discuss challenges writers face. Today it’s a transparent conversation about how we avoid the pain and overcome the temptation to be distracted or avoid.
July 29, 2020
She Writes Bootcamp graduates Christine Trimpe and Natasha Daniels share their Romans 8:28 stories - Episode 31
Christine Trimpe loses 100 pounds as God reveals the root cause of her food addiction and Natasha Daniels overcomes many losses as God puts the family together that He intends.
July 22, 2020
Dr. Saundra Dalton Smith on Racial Injustice in the Church -BONUS CONTENT - Episode 30
Bestselling author of Sacred Rest, Dr. Saundra Dalton Smith, shares the contrast in church response, both sinful and godly, to her interracial marriage.
July 17, 2020
God redeems a struggle to read Scripture to a thriving Bible study ministry with Erica Wiggenhorn, and Konnie Viner's novel provides hope to women in hard places - Ep. 29
Moody Bible Study Author Erica Wiggenhorn shares how God worked all things together for good in three key areas in her life, and Redemption Press author of Amaryllis Journey, Konnie Viner, shares her story of redemption out of domestic violence.
July 15, 2020
God Works ALL THINGS Together for Good in Widowhood with Mary Bruce & 2 Romans 8:28 stories - Ep 28
Author of “Widowhood: A Calling to Leadership” Mary Bruce shares her Romans 8:28 stories along with She Writes Bootcamp grads Rene Armer & Tina Cook.
July 8, 2020
Overcoming the Stigma with Wanda Bolton-Davis - Bonus Content #27
Wanda shares how we are more alike than we are different. Celebrating and learning about our cultural differences builds a foundation of relationship.
July 3, 2020
How God Used the Creative Arts to Bring Healing with Edie Melson & An Amazing Romans 8:28 Story of Redemption with Jayne Patton Episode 26
Edie's cry for restoration in the midst of burnout brings her full circle to utilizing her creative gifts to refresh others, while Jayne's life of trauma and neglect turned into a thriving ministry to women. Be encouraged as you listen in on the faithfulness of God in these two women's lives.
July 1, 2020
Four She Writes for Him Bootcamp Graduates Share Their Romans 8:28 Stories -Episode 25
Beauty from the Ashes of a House Fire, Becoming Officer Katherman’s Widow, Forgiving My Mom, and Raising a Blind Son - How God worked good out of incredible devastation in the lives of four amazing women.
June 24, 2020
A Romans 8:28 Life with bestselling author, Debbie Alsdorf & How God Turned an Abortion into a Ministry with Jackie Middler - Episode 24
Debbie Alsdorf shares how God prepared her for some tough valleys and the brought complete restoration. The Jackie Middler, Redemption Press author of “The White Stick” shares the devastation of abortion and the overwhelming forgiveness of God.
June 17, 2020
God Used White Women to Heal Wounds Inflicted by White Women - An Amazing Romans 8:28 Story with Tonya Williamson - BONUS CONTENT on Racial Injustice
Redemption Press team member shares her growing up years and how God redeemed the hurt and anger to glorify His Name.
June 12, 2020
Paula Jauch on Overcoming Trauma & Addiction & Kennita Williams on Racial Injustice & Betrayal-Ep22
Two stories of redemption in trauma and addiction turning to ministry to others and racial betrayal being used to start honest conversations.
June 10, 2020
Dispelling Lies About Racism & Injustice with Laura Simon - BONUS CONTENT
The time is now for us as Christians to allow God to use our ignorance about racism for good. We must make the most of this opportunity so our brothers and sisters of color can be heard and understood.
June 4, 2020
Janet McHenry on the Power of Prayer Walking and Gail Porter on Overcoming Rejection - Episode 21
Author of the bestseller “PrayerWalk” and “The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus” shares her incredible Romans 8:28 story and unpacks they power of prayer walking. Author of “Will the Real Person Please Stand Up: Overcoming the Fear of Rejection” Gail Porter shares the common fruit of rejection and remedies to overcome.
June 3, 2020
God's redemption after childhood trauma with author Robin Meade. 2nd segment provides Insider Insights on the She Writes for Him Online Conference - Episode 20
Robin Meade, Redemption Press author of "Fierce Wholeness: Finding Myself After Childhood Trauma"  shares her Romans 8:28 story. After experiencing traumatic family relationships, an abortion, two marriages with three bright children, and careening through several churches, author Robin Meade is still standing when many others would have fallen—caught by the sin-cursed trap that our decisions hold over us. Yet she’s discovered the beautiful secret that picked her up from the rocky riverbed and brought her to the lush landscape: fierce hope in Jesus. During the 2nd half of the episode, Athena Dean Holtz, Cynthia Cavanaugh and Andrea Tomassi unpack the She Writes for Him Online Conference.
May 27, 2020
Bestselling author Pam Farrel and Denise Broadwater, MFT share their Romans 8:28 stories on marriage and restoration - Episode 19
Who would have thought that God could take a young woman like Pam, with a dysfunctional and abusive family of origin, call her to Himself and save her for a godly guy like Bill Farrel ... what a story of redemption! Marriage & Family Therapist, Denise Broadwater and her husband Greg renovated a house in Charleston, SC taking it from broken down to its glory, and during that process learned ways to renovate their own teetering marriage.
May 20, 2020
She Writes for Him Authors - Tamra Andress, Lyndie Metz, and Nikki Godsil - Episode 18
Three contributors to the all new “She Writes for Him” share their Romans 8:28 stories to celebrate the launch of this amazing book!
May 13, 2020
Blythe Daniel on Mothers and Daughters & Mary McCullough on Being a Glorious Mess - Episode 17
For our Mother's Day edition, Blythe Daniel, literary agent and co-author with her mother shared insights on how to start healthy conversations to promote healing and authenticity. Redemption Press author Mary McCullough shares God's Romans 8:28 in her life and the birth of a ministry.
May 7, 2020
5th Wednesday of the Month features She Writes for Him - Episode 16
Athena shares the birth of She Writes for Him and all that God orchestrated for such a time as this.
April 29, 2020
The Wait Will Not Be Wasted - Lauren Lianne and Insider Insights with Cynthia & Athena - Episode 15
God works an amazing Romans 8:28 story as Lauren answers the call to write her story in the middle of her waiting. Cynthia & Athena announce the She Writes for Him Bootcamp and Online Conference.
April 22, 2020
God’s Redemption in our Broken Places with Mary DeMuth and Kristin Clouse - Episode 14
Mary DeMuth, author of We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis along with Redemption Press author, counselor and founder of Restore Ministries, Kristin Close shares how ministry was birthed out of great pain.
April 15, 2020
Unmothered to “Momma Mentor” with Phylis Mantelli - Episode 13
Growing up with a narcissistic mother had its extreme challenges in Phyllis Mantelli‘s life. But God used it for good to launch a ministry to other moms who are struggling to break the cycle. Part two of the episode includes insider insights with Cynthia Cavanaugh and the announcement of the She Writes for Him Boot Camp.
April 8, 2020
How God Worked Good from Depression and Church Hurt - Dr. Saundra Dalton Smith & Jodi Harris - Episode 12
When burnout and depression overtook Dr. Sandra Dalton Smith, God showed up and began teaching her what was missing in her life. Her resulting ministry teaching others about rest has blessed tens of thousands.  Jodi Harris as a pastor's wife experienced an excruciating mental breakdown, which the enemy wanted to use to destroy her. Followed by some significant church hurt and betrayal, it seemed like the enemy was winning. Instead, God used both struggles to work much good in her ministry and family.  Two incredible Romans 8:28 stories on the podcast today!
April 1, 2020
BONUS CONTENT - Reframing Covid 19 with Dawn Scott Damon
Join me as I bring Dawn Scott Damon back to ALL THINGS to discuss how we can reframe Covid-19, 4 steps to take if fear is gripping you, and what our spiritual response should be.
March 27, 2020
When Special Needs Become an Opportunity to Lean into God with Amy Joob, Author of “Model Behavior”
Not one to shy away from challenges, professional athlete turned model, Amy Joob found ways to see from a different perspective. God worked good in the midst of a chronic illness diagnosis in her youngest child and continues to prove Himself faithful.
March 25, 2020
BONUS CONTENT - What the Media Isn't Telling Us About the Pandemic with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith - Episode 9
Join us with Medical Doctor, Rest Expert and Jesus follower, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith as she equips is to navigate the fear and hysteria with wisdom.
March 20, 2020
How God Used Great Loss & Betrayal to Bring Much Good - Carol Kent & Kennita Williams - Episode 8
Carol Kent's Romans 8:28 story of losing her only son to a lifetime of incarceration is an incredible story of how God can bring good in the face of great loss. Military Spouse of the Year, Kennita Williams faced stinging betrayal and learned to respond in a way that glorified Him. Her story shows God bringing good out of the pain of betrayal.
March 18, 2020
BONUS CONTENT - Jenn Kautsch, Founder of SoberSis - Starting the Conversation about Negotiating Our Relationship with Alcohol - Episode 7
Jenn is passionate about making it safe for Christian women to have a conversation about alcohol without judgment, labels or rules. She is what you would call a retired "grey area" drinker. Around the middle of her 40's, she took a closer look at her life. Her health...mental, physical and spiritual. She began to find out ways to have more energy, better sleep and really stay present in her own life as she realized that wine had become like an emotional crutch to lean on during times of anxiety or even boredom. So, she started the 21-day reset for women because she wanted to share what she learned and experienced first hand. Currently, over 2,000 women from all over the world have participated. It’s more of a sisterhood and a real community of women pursuing being present and sober-minded. Each woman has the opportunity and space to renegotiate their relationship with alcohol in an authentic community. What an amazing example of God using Jenn's struggle with alcohol for good as He birthed SoberSis. What a powerful movement  inspiring and empowering women to be sober-minded, intentional and present in their lives.
March 13, 2020
Devastating Loss Turns to Incredible Joy - Alyssa Galios - Made for Brave - Episode 6
A young woman in her twenties with dreams and a plan for her life comes up against a living nightmare when her husband is diagnosed with a rare inoperable cancer. Her husband's faith grows stronger, but her dreams evaporate and her faith slips away when the worst happens. An incredible Romans 8:28 story unfolds in today’s episode of ALL THINGS.
March 11, 2020
Tammy Whitehurst and Lauren Reeves - When Our Way Isn’t What God Had in Mind - Episode 5
Two women share their Romans 8:28 stories, Tammy in her career and Lauren in her marriage.
March 4, 2020
Depression & Anxiety Don't Get to Win - Dr. Michelle Bengtson - Episode 4
The enemy loves to try to sidetrack us into despair and hopelessness or anxious thoughts about our circumstances. Neuropsychologist Dr. Michelle Bengtson has survived multiple attempts by that same enemy to silence her message of hope to those battling depression and anxiety. Her latest book, Breaking Anxiety's Grip provides biblical answers to overcoming this fiery dart to see God working good in the midst of it. During the second half of our show host and publisher Athena Dean Holtz will answer two publishing questions for our Insider Insights segment.
February 26, 2020
How God Can Use Devastating Loss in Amazing Ways - Tammy Trent and Dawn Scott Damon - Episode 3
International recording artist, speaker and best-selling author Tammy Trent shares her Romans 8:28 story along side family friend and peer, Redemption Press author, Dawn Scott Damon.
February 19, 2020
Daring to Dream - Bold Writing with Cynthia Cavanaugh & Andrea Tomassi - Episode 2
Wise words from co-authors Cynthia Cavanaugh & Andrea Tomassi. Birth of a writing vision, death and resurrection of the same, and onto a fruitful writing ministry. 2nd segment includes Insider Insights and special announcement of She Writes for Him Writing Retreat
February 12, 2020
Debut Episode with Liz Curtis Higgs & BJ Garrett
Bestselling author and international speaker Liz Curtis Higgs unpacks Romans 8:28 for us in this debut show, and then shares the best thing that ever happened to her, (believe it or not - spoiler alert!) her cancer adventure! During the second half, meet Redemption Press author, BJ Garrett, whose story of being "Unwanted No More: From Exploited to Embraced by God" is rocking the worlds of broken and hurting women with the goodness of God.
February 5, 2020