About Me

profileHello! I am a Christian writer and INS certified biblical counselor from Massachusetts. By day, I am a Bulgarian<=>English interpreter in the Boston area and a mother of four.

In 2011, Calvary Press published my first book, “Redeemed from the Pit: Biblical Repentance and Restoration from the Bondage of Eating Disorders”. Since then, I have spoken at many Christian conferences for teen girls and women on the subjects of addiction, eating disorders, and a healthy self-esteem.

In 2015, my second book, “Plugged In: Proclaiming Christ in the Internet Age” was released by Pure Water Press, the publishing arm of Reigning Grace Counseling Center in Kansas City, MO. I am still waiting to see what God does with that.

In the meantime, I write. I am a regular contributer and reviewer to The Biblical Counseling Coalition, but not every article I produce fits under the category of “biblical counseling”. I have many interests, convictions, and passions…..some theological; some linguistic; some sociological.

And thus, this blog. Welcome. My original blog, Redeemed from the Pit, was a platform for my first book and was devoted to a biblical approach to overcoming eating disorders and renewing the mind through God’s Word (Romans 12). However, as I write and teach on so many other subjects, I decided to branch out and start a new blogging home. Some of the articles I upload here were published elsewhere in years past.

Thanks for visiting, and please leave a comment! 🙂

9 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Eliza

    I have enjoyed reading posts on your blog. Very informative. Thank you for reading and following holdingforthhisword. May God bless us to share the gospel of His Son Jesus Christ for His glory and the salvation of sinners.

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  2. Hi Marie;
    As a writer and counselor, I’m wondering if you would do a stranger a favor by reviewing my upcoming book on your blog.

    I’m a pastor and author. I have a new book coming out on September 18th called: Broken Trust…a practical guide to identify and recover from toxic faith, toxic church, and spiritual abuse. (search: broken trust, remy on Amazon.com)

    More and more people are questioning the tactics of their church leadership. My book is written to help people know what steps to take to leave and/or confront the abuse, find healing, and then, if possible, return to the church.

    Stephen A. Smith, from libertyforcaptives.com, said Broken Trust is the best book he’s read on spiritual abuse out of the countless books he’s read on the topic. That’s high praise, but he’s one person. I’d love to have others review the book as well. (You can read Stephen’s full review on the amazon page for the book.)

    Thanks for considering this. If interested, I will send you a pdf copy of the book.

    F. Remy Diederich


    1. Certainly, Remy! My book, “Broken Toys” should be out in a few months and it’d be great if you could return the favor. I’ve promised one book review ahead of yours which I need to get to, but I’d certainly be honored to review and recommend your work. Please send me a copy at Marie O’Toole, 176 Maple Drive 4-34, Rutlamd MA 01543. Thanks, and God bless!


  3. Orrin Jay

    Dear Marie,

    I was exceedingly moved by your letter entreating Heath Lambert. I have had my own encounter with Heath Lambert and ACBC which I will email you. I just wanted to say that John Calvin was far more abusive to saints then you might have known. Here is a link proving he advocated Capital Punishment for whom he deemed heretics:

    Orthodox Presbyterian Church and Calvinism are virtual synonyms, so I know that John Calvin, the major pillar and root of Orthodox Presbyterian Church advocated Capital Punishment for Heretics (which included those who opposed Infant Baptism, so that would be me):






    And Calvin’s foundation in his own words is Augustine, so here is the proof of his extensive false teachings, who like Calvin both weaponized Christianity:

    Click to access Augustinewasnotasaint.pdf

    A host of Christians were running for their lives from Calvin.

    He and Augustine who weaponized Christianity were both a poster child for abuse.

    Kindest regards in Christ,

    James Sundquist


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