Ordained minister, Bible teacher and author writes book with profound and heartfelt message for the spiritual orphan

"Spiritual Orphans," by Erin Olson.

The book was a written response to what was going on in the world and not a response of the world. 

 Spiritual Orphans, a book published and released on April 2, 2019 by ordained minister, Bible teacher and author, Erin Olson, was meant to target the following audience: spiritual orphans. 

The spiritual orphan, according to Olson, is someone who does not know the Father and are the ones that Jesus came to save and is different from the term, prodigal. A prodigal, according to Olson, is someone who always knew the Father, but who walked away from the Father for a period of time 

“As Christians, we need to be careful how we treat people,” Olson tells Atlanta Christian Voice. It is our job to be Jesus [to the spiritual orphan] until they respond to the Holy Spirit.

It is our job to be Jesus [to the spiritual orphan] until they respond to the Holy Spirit,” Olson tells Atlanta Christian Voice.  

The mission of Spiritual Orphans is simple: to love the spiritual orphan thorough the lens of Jesus. The message of the book is for society to become a society that cares for the spiritual orphan.  

One of the major topics covered in Spiritual Orphans is family baggage.  

“I think we see everybody as a rebel against God,” Olson tells Atlanta Christian Voice. “A lot of these people do not understand the things of God. Family baggage plays a major role in that [family members] are the ones who keep some one down. Things of the past can weigh us down, but we have to make active choices to move out of that family baggage.” 

One of the topics of discussion during this interview with Olson was the cover of this book, which depicts a picture of a person’s hand drowning in the ocean. Olson shares the meaning behind this image she chose for Spiritual Orphans. 

“It was a stark reminder that people are drowning and that we can help them,” Olson tells Atlanta Christian Voice. “It does not mean it is the end for them. We would not just watch somebody drown. We would try to help them.” 

Olson emphasizes that it is a call for all Christians to care for the spiritual orphan so that he or she can come into a relationship with Jesus Christ.  

“I think it is a call to urgency for the Christian and a call for the generation to be more Christlike,” Olson tells Atlanta Christian Voice. 

Olson gives God the glory for being given the opportunity to share the testimonies of her colleagues in Spiritual Orphans.  

“I love each and every account I wrote in the book,” Olson tells Atlanta Christian Voice. “Those personal stories in that book really impacted me the most. It was an honor to be able to write their stories.” 

To find out more about Erin Olson and how you can purchase your copy of Spiritual Orphans, visit www.sandalfeet.org and go to your online or local bookstore.  

Erin Olson and her family.
Erin Olson gathering with her family at the table.
Erin Olson posing for a photo with her family at the beach.



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Sarah Dickens is the News Editor of Atlanta Christian Voice. Sarah has a B.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia College and State University and two M.A. degrees in Global Studies and Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies from Liberty University. She is currently working on her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and hopes to be licensed to practice counseling in the next few years. Sarah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she humbly serves the Lord, friends, and others at First Baptist Church of Atlanta. Her two greatest passions are ministering to children and serving on the missions field. After working on the mission field in Lebanon, Japan, and Uganda, she hopes to continue taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to other lands. Her favorite hobbies include blogging, ballroom dancing, making and creating art, and reading books by Christian authors while sipping a cup of tea from one of her favorite tea mugs. Her life verse from the Bible is Philippians 4:13, which states, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
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