Ever since I was a little girl, I felt a call on my life to speak and write. I began writing when I was a young teen sharing stories from my own life in the hope of encouraging others. Yet, as with so many other situations in my life, I began to listen to the lies whispered to my mind and to my heart…the lies that told me that I couldn’t write and shouldn’t write. So, not wanting to make a fool of myself, I stopped writing and I stopped public speaking.
Decades passed while my dream of writing smoldered. When finally one day I sensed God whispering in my heart: “You can either continue to believe those lies that were spoken to you, or you can believe the truth of the one who created you and gave you the gift and dream of being able to speak and write.”
“Yes, Lord” was all I could say, as I realized that I had been listening to lies for years. Lies that sought only to steal, kill, and destroy the very plan God had for my life.
That very same weekend I surrendered to God’s prompting to write a book about depression. But He made it clear that it was not to be a book written just from a doctor’s perspective, but it had to include my own personal story as well. “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” is written both from a doctor with over 25 years of experience in the medical and mental health fields, but also from the perspective of someone who has walked through the valley of depression and is now on the other side, offering you hope—the hope that prevails.
That same weekend that God renewed my desire to write, and He asked me to write this book, He gave me two words: Hope Prevails! At the time, I thought those two words were just for me, to encourage my heart to go on and believe in God’s greater plan. While that’s true, it’s His promise that despite our circumstances, despite our pain, because of Him, #HopePrevails!
If you or someone you love is struggling right now, I encourage you to hold on. This season won’t last forever. While it may feel like you are in the dark of night, keep seeking Him, because His joy comes in the morning! And as long as God is on His throne and you have breath, Hope Prevails!
Hi! I’m Peg Bradley.
I just finished reading this book Hope Prevails.
There’s something about this book you may not know. The book was inspired by God.
Dr. Bengtson wrote it because God told her to write it. If you suffer from depression or know someone who does, this is the book you should read.
Better yet, trust God.
A short brief about Hope Prevails.
Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression
Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Speaking from personal and professional experience, a neuropsychologist unpacks what depression is, shows how it affects us spiritually, and offers hope for living the abundant life.
Neuropsychologist Offers Hope to Those Struggling with Depression
-By 2020, depression will be our greatest epidemic worldwide
- An estimated 350 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression
- As with the bestselling My Stroke of Insight, the author experienced the same condition she treats
- Helpful features include personal stories, biblical truths, prayers, and music recommendations
In Hope Prevails, Dr. Bengtson writes with deep compassion and empathy, blending her extensive training and faith, to offer readers a hope that is 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 a treatment plan that addresses the whole person—not just chemical imbalances in the brain.
For those who struggle with depression and those that want to help them, Hope Prevails offers real hope for the future.
Hope Prevails is available now wherever books are sold. To find out more, see: https://drmichellebengtson.com/hope-prevails-book/.
Every day at the hospital, I see people and when I can I lend my hope. Dr. Michelle your book will bring hope that prevails to so many thank you for not listening to those and for following your calling from God to write. Thank you Peg for your testimony. Blessings Diana
I’ve seen through other bloggers, Michelle, that you recently launched this new book and what an incredible way to write about depression–from your own perspective. You could have easily remained removed from it with your expertise at the helm, but I’m so glad you were willing to reveal more than simply research and clinical principles–as good as those are. There’s just something so much more powerful about a book when it comes from the heart and life. Congrats, my friend! And I am so glad you obeyed God on your calling!
I’m halfway through this book, and it is excellent. Thank you so much for being faithful to trust God and write on this topic.
Sounds like a great book!! Praise God that hope prevails, and that He gives me hope! 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty
As someone who constantly struggles with anxiety and depression, I am so thankful for people like you who are sharing such beautiful words of wisdom, and after all HOPE!
Thankful for finding you on Making Your Home Sing Monday!
This book is an awesome resource for caregivers–even if they don’t know/think that they’re depressed!