Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor's Personal Journey Through DepressionDr Michelle Bengtson, Dr Michelle Bengtson, Marilyn Meberg, Michelle Bengtson
As a board-certified neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson sees the devastation of depression. Early on, she practiced the most effective treatments and prescribed them for her clients. But when she experienced depression herself, she found that the treatments she had rec... Read More
In Hope Prevails, Dr. Bengtson writes with deep compassion, blending her training and faith, to offer readers a hope grounded in God's love and grace. She helps readers understand what depression is, how it affects them spiritually, and what, by God's grace, it cannot do. The result is an approach that offers the hope of release, not just the management of symptoms.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Aug 2, 2016
- UPC: 9780800727079
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 208
- Publish Date: Aug 16, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL012070"
- ISBN: 080072707X
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- Check out the Doctor's prescription. by Mark Evans handfulsofseed.wordpress.com on 1/9/2017
Purpose: “Few books discuss what depression does to us on a spiritual level. That is the emphasis of this book. While I address what depression is, where it comes from, and ways to treat it. I will also share what it does to us spiritually and how that perpetuates the problem.” P. 16
“Not until I realized how depression is perpetuated on a spiritual level and addressed the spiritual issues did I start to walk out of the valley.” P. 17
Michelle records statistics, “18.8 million American adults suffer from a depressive disorder… 350 million people globally live with depression.” P. 27 When I read her bibliography I realized that these quotes are a few years old.
“And I remember getting frustrated to the point of being angry when fellow Christians would quote Bible verses to try and make me feel better>. I felt like all they were doing was giving me platitudes, which in my mind, just proved to me they had no idea what I was going through.” P. 36
“Studies indicate that our thoughts affect our neurotransmitter production, which then directly influences our physical experience of a situation.” P. 43
“For many years I considered peace a nice word in a Christmas carol. Now I think of peace as an absence of worry, concern, or annoyance-a calm experience in both my mind and my heart… I suspect that if we could have peace in our hearts on our own, Jesus would not have left it with us as a gift.” (John 14.27) P. 93
“When we don’t appreciate our worth in Christ, many of our thoughts, attitudes, and actions run adrift, and depression has an open door to enter.” P. 123
“The ultimate goal of an unloving spirit is to keep us from receiving the fullness of God’s love.” P. 134
“God does not call us to a life of perfection, although for years I believed the lie that he wouldn’t love me if I weren’t perfect. He accepts us as we are but loves us too much to leave us that way.” P. 143
“Our thoughts must align with God’s truth in order for us to find freedom from whatever holds us prisoner.” P. 173
Hope Prevails is the first book that I have ever read about depression. I know nothing about depression. I have a few other books that I will be reviewing soon. Dr. Michelle Bengtson writes about her struggle with depression. As the book progresses she elaborates on her personal experience. I appreciate her transparency. Her vocation as a neuropsychologist did not prevent depression, nor did it help her much during her suffering.
If I understand correctly, Dr. Bengtson identifies that depression involves a spiritual struggle. She does not deny genetics, mental health, or the need for therapy and/or medication. However, she does insist that although depression may eventually evolve into a physical problem, it includes a spiritual problem and/or wrong thinking. I am not writing to debate her opinion, nor am I forcing her opinion on others. I am writing a book review. I found her writing to be interesting.
Throughout the book, Dr. Bengtson kept referring to the influence of the enemy (satan). I agree withe her suggestion that the enemy continuously tries to persuade us with lies about ourself and God. The book contained many Scriptures and application. Each chapter concludes with practical and biblical prescriptions, a prayer, and a recommended playlist (Songs that encouraged Dr. Bengtson.) I was pleased to read this book. I think that I will probably keep this book nearby to reference as needed. I plan to continue reading about depression.
In exchange for an honest review, Revell Reads (Baker Publishing Group) has provided me with a copy of Hope Prevails. I have written an honest review.
- GOD Prevails by Carol on 9/30/2016
It is slow at first - that was a little disappointing because it was all about her idea about Depression and then that is all she talked about - the same idea - over and over again - then all of a sudden something happens - here is where I need to tell you something - something I think is important - I am a pastors daughter (no that isn't it) and my Father brought me up to believe a very important principal about Pastors in Churches or people who represent themselves as someone who is representing CHRIST - telling you, "how to" when it comes to CHRIST like this book and a million others - well what you NEED to know is - when someone teaching you something regarding CHRIST - you do not take them at their word only - that is just their word - not Biblical - but if they back up what they say with Scripture - then you can take what they say with a little more weight - but you also have to be wary with that because you need to check with that as well - read the Scripture around it and see what the Scripture was trying to say in the Bible itself. Some authors twist the Scriptures to fit there narrative - now this author - guess what - she did it right - she has so many Scripture verses to back up what she was saying - it is rare and wonderful and captivating after you get past the repeating of some of the ideas - now the second thing I learned as a child - the Scriptures say not to add your own words or delete words when you talk about the Scriptures - it is against GOD's law - that is in Revelation - if you had any questions about depression things in your past you will get the Doctors opinion with Scripture to help. I received this book to read for an honest review
- A "must read" for those who suffer from depression or know someone who does by margaret b on 8/12/2016
I just finished reading “Hope Prevails” and all I can say is this book contains a “now word”. It is a word for those who suffer from depression or knows someone who does. It encourages the reader to delve deeply into their own lives, examining areas that may have been hidden behind masks of rejection, fear, self-doubt, etc. The book is thought-provoking and straight forward, yet sensitively written. Dr. Bengtson not only addresses the subject of depression from a neuropsychologist’s point of view but also from a personal point of view as a person who herself suffered from depression. If you or someone you know suffers from depression, this book is a “must read.”