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Holly Christine Hayes is an award-winning author and Founder + CEO of Sanctuary Project, a survivor-run nonprofit community providing job training and employment to women coming out of trafficking, violence, and addiction. After working in worship and recovery ministry for Menlo Church in California and the American Church in Paris, Holly married her husband Jeff in 2016, and they now reside in Austin, Texas. In July of 2019, they welcomed their daughter, Havana, into their family. Holly has spoken in safe houses, churches, conferences and recovery communities all over the world and was recently chosen as a new Voice for Women of Faith. She has traveled the globe, sharing her radical story of salvation and coming to faith in Christ from one simple, desperate prayer and is passionate about teaching others to pray that prayer too. "God, help me."


Winner of the 2018 Illumination Book Award: Shining Light on Exemplary Christian Books, bronze medal in self-help/recovery!


“A gripping journey of the soul …” bestselling author, John Ortberg


praise for

“Holly’s story is a gripping journey of the soul for any reader who’s simply interested in the human condition. Her account of how a heart can be vulnerable, what addiction can do and feel like from the inside, and where both pain and hope can be found will be an enormous grip for anyone who wrestles with addiction or loves someone who does.”

John OrtberG

—Senior Pastor, Menlo Church

"Worship the Lord at all times...use songs only when necessary." 


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