Hope Prevails

Insights from a Doctor's Personal Journey through Depression

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"There are many fine, worthy, and insightful books written about depression, but in my view, Dr. Bengtson's trumps them all."--from the foreword by Marilyn Meberg, Women of Faith speaker and author of Constantly Craving

As a board-certified neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson believed she was prescribing the most effective treatments for her clients who struggled with depression. But when she experienced debilitating depression herself, she found that the treatments she had recommended weren't helping her the way she expected. She was determined to find out what was missing.

With the deep compassion of someone who has been there, Dr. Bengtson blends her training and that vital missing piece she discovered to offer you a hope grounded in God's love and grace. She helps you understand what depression is, how it affects you spiritually, and what, by God's grace, depression cannot do. The result is an approach that offers not just the management of symptoms but the hope of true release.

"Everyone who suffers or knows someone who suffers needs to read this book. If I had read it twenty-three years ago, I never would have attempted suicide!"--Anonymous Reader

"I have never read a book that deals with the spiritual aspect of healing as thoroughly as does Hope Prevails. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has tasted the pain of depression or knows a friend who is depressed."--Gary Chapman, PhD, author of The 5 Love Languages

"It's hard to find a person who will be so honest about his or her own struggle in order to help you with yours. It's a double blessing when that person also possesses the expertise, experience, and grace to meet your needs."--Jan Greenwood, pastor of Pink (Gateway Women) at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, and author of Women at War

"Nowhere else have I found an author who speaks to the difficulty of depression with this level of specific explanation, insight, and hope. On those days when you're tired and weary and feel like you just can't keep going, this book is like having a friend right there with you."--Jo Ann Fore, author of the award-winning When a Woman Finds Her Voice


Dr. Michelle Bengtson (PhD, Nova Southeastern University) has been a neuropsychologist for more than twenty years. She completed postdoctoral training at both the Henry Ford Hospital and the University of Alabama Health Sciences Center. She lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her husband, their two sons, and two dogs. She offers more hope at www.drmichellebengtson.com.


Endorsements

"There are many fine, worthy, and insightful books written about depression but in my view, Dr. Bengtson's trumps them all."

from the foreword by Marilyn Meberg, Women of Faith speaker and author of Constant Craving

"As a counselor, I have read many books on depression, but I have never read a book that deals with the spiritual aspect of healing as thoroughly as does Hope Prevails. Dr. Bengtson draws from her own personal journey as well as her professional experience. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has tasted the pain of depression or knows a friend who is depressed."

Gary Chapman, PhD, author of The 5 Love Languages

"I often see the long-term and devastating effects of the hard to define, hard to leave behind ravages of depression. It seeks to wear down and wear out our hope. When longing to help another caught in despair, I'm acutely aware of how inadequate I am to help them, realizing that Christian platitudes and casual verses only serve to make those suffering from depression feel more alone or misunderstood. In Hope Prevails, Dr. Michelle Bengtson provides some profound wisdom for us all. By sharing her own journey of recovery, Michelle offers a breakthrough approach that focuses on the spiritual component of recovery as a means to overcome. This book finds the crossroads between treatment and faith. What you hold in your hand is a rare gift. It's hard to find a person who will be so honest about his or her own struggle in order to help you with yours. It's a double blessing when that person also possesses the expertise, experience, and grace to meet your needs. I recommend this book, and this woman, to those caught in the trap of depression. There is hope and it does prevail."

Jan Greenwood, pastor of Pink (Gateway Women) at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, and author of Women at War

"Nowhere else have I found an author speak to the difficulty of depression with this level of specific explanation, insight, and hope. In Hope Prevails, Dr. Michelle Bengtson unfolds a deeply personal narrative that speaks both to cause and antidote. She balances the truths of depression with a chord of hope, tethering us to both the love and the power of God. On those days when you're tired and weary and feel like you just can't keep going, this book is like having a girlfriend right there with you. A girlfriend who just happens to be a trained and certified mental health professional who relies on Scripture to equip you with the tools you need to overcome."

Jo Ann Fore, author of the award-winning When a Woman Finds Her Voice

"In my thirty years as a practicing psychotherapist, I've never read a book that suggests more helpful and concrete ways of overcoming depression as Hope Prevails. This book goes a major step beyond what therapy accomplishes by helping us maintain our hope. Dr. Bengtson's own struggle with depression is carefully woven into her well-credentialed research on causes and etiology of depression. Then she leaves us with a powerful prescription for finding relief and peace. The message is clear and never loses its power. I'm grateful for this book and the many who will get relief reading it and following her prescriptions. And, how helpful to those with someone in their life dealing with depression."

Pat Wenger, MA, LPC, MFT

"Hope Prevails is a treasure trove of Scripture, music, and medicine for the soul. This book shares truth upon truth for anyone encountering depression. It is a very important work that should be held in the highest regard in any family library. Most of all, it is honest. Michelle genuinely opens up a window of her heart, revealing her own darkest hours in order to shine a light of hope for you and me. If you or anyone you love touch even the fringe of depression, I highly recommend this work as a key doorway to your journey toward joy, peace, and the full life you can have in Christ."

Jennifer Strickland, author of Beautiful Lies, inspirational speaker, and founder of URMore.org

"Dr. Bengtson exposes the lies and opens our eyes to the truth about depression! I loved this book! Like a sweet friend walking with us in our darkest days, with experiential wisdom and tender compassion, Dr. Bengtson exposes the lies and reveals the truth about depression and what keeps us trapped in physical, emotional, and spiritual bondage. If you are ready to finally break free, your Rx is waiting. Take Michelle's hand and allow her to offer you the hope your soul is longing for."

Patty Mason, author of Finally Free: Breaking the Bonds of Depression without Drugs and founder of Liberty in Christ Ministries

"It is one thing to have clinical expertise and knowledge; it is entirely something different to have a story. Dr. Michelle Bengtson weaves these all together, on a foundation of her deep and tested faith, to give a response, or more accurately a weapon against, this monster called depression. Reading this book gives the clear awareness that you are not alone and you are not defeated. More than her book, Michelle's life shouts, 'Hope Prevails!'"

Bob Hamp, founder and director of Think Differently Counseling, Consulting and Connecting and author of Think Differently, Live Differently

"Dr. Michelle Bengtson's enlightening book, Hope Prevails, provides a master blueprint for overcoming negative thoughts and toxic emotions. Targeting a generation who feels lost and hopeless, this book provides meaningful help to everyone who has endured unexpected heartache, pain, or trauma. Hope Prevails offers effective answers on how to overcome loss and reach for a life brimming with peace, joy, and limitless dreams. Reading this book will drastically improve your life."

Tracey Mitchell, TV host, preacher, and author of Downside Up

"It's very likely that you or a loved one has experienced the effects of depression: profound sadness, lack of energy, loss of joy. You may have found yourself wishing for the honest counsel of a wise woman or a close friend, even a special therapist. Someone who would understand what you are going through without you having to find the words. Someone who has a special kind of wisdom and guidance to share. Through Hope Prevails, Dr. Bengtson relates to the reader as a caring friend while providing professional insights formed by years of education, training, and experience as a neuropsychologist. In Hope Prevails, Dr. Bengtson attends to the spiritual aspects of healing from depression and interprets frequently used depression treatment techniques within the context of a close relationship with God. Dr. Bengtson sprinkles personal knowing alongside professional knowledge to deliver sound teachings and recommendations from the perspective of a 'helper' who has had her own battles against depression, has grabbed hold of God's promises, and realized joy in him. She delivers inspired love and understanding of her own and through that shows God's love for those who are in despair. She is that friend, maybe not one you know personally, but one whose words can comfort and guide you just as powerfully toward a fulfilled relationship with God, the Healer."

Laura Patke, PsyD, licensed psychologist

"Everyone who suffers or knows someone who suffers from depression needs to read this book. If I had read it twenty-three years ago, I never would have attempted suicide!"

anonymous reader

"It is a unique position to be both the doctor and the depressed patient. Those dual experiences offer rare insight into the nuances of a very difficult journey. Dr. Michelle Bengtson has written a wonderful, hope-filled book for those who suffer from depression and for those who love them. Because she's been in the place of the patient, her compassion abounds. Because she has been in the place of the doctor, her knowledge is spot-on. Because she is a lover of God, her book offers practical, spiritual hope for anyone who is searching. I encourage you to read it! It will make you better, no matter your situation."

Jan Silvious, author of Fool-Proofing Your Life and Same Life, New Story

"Dr. Michelle Bengtson sent this ball over the fence! Hope Prevails is the most helpful and practical thing I've read on dealing with depression! A compassionate work from someone who's been through the struggle personally. This is a must-have resource for anyone struggling with depression or for those who know someone who is. Armed with Scripture, Dr. Bengtson gives step-by-step strategies for combating the lies of the evil one. Hope is on every page!"

K. Douglas Brown, associate pastor of family ministries at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, and author of Shotgun Rider: Restoring Your Passion for the Ministry Trail

"If you or a loved one are walking through the valley of depression, be encouraged that you are not alone. Dr. Michelle Bengtson has provided a powerful resource to help you on your journey toward hope. It is a personal and positive book, as you learn from Dr. Bengtson's own story as well as her practical knowledge in the field. I love how she shares a prescription, a prayer, and a playlist at the end of each chapter to give you an extra boost of strength. Hope Prevails is a must-read for every person who struggles with depression."

Karol Ladd, author of Thrive, Don't Simply Survive

"It is refreshing to have a board-certified neuropsychologist acknowledge the spiritual component of depression, but it is even more impressive that Dr. Bengtson would be willing to share her own journey through the fog of despair. Her personal insights are invaluable for those who are struggling with what is often described as 'the common cold of mental illness.'"

Dr. Neil T. Anderson, founder and president emeritus of Freedom in Christ Ministries and author of Overcoming Depression


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