Have you ever gone through a situation so painful that you thought you might not recover?
Depression hurts in so many different ways, and the pain and emotional turmoil, to a very large degree, can feel like a broken heart. The scriptures attest to this in Proverbs, where we read, “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit” (Proverbs 15:13, NIV).
The good news is that no matter what we go through, we can trust God to be faithful to His promises. And in the case of depression, or a broken heart, God promises to be near and to heal: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).
Hi! I want to tell you what I love so much about “Hope Prevails.”
When I first heard about the book, I already had years of training about renewing our minds based on who we are in Christ. As soon as I got a chance to read “Hope Prevails,” I recognized those familiar truths right away.
Dr. Bengtson writes about those truths to those suffering from depression and she writes from the unique perspective of both the doctor who treats depression and one who has walked through that dark valley herself. She writes like a trusted friend who understands exactly what you’re going through and can take your hand and guide you out of that dark valley.
One of the things that she said about depression is that it feels like a broken heart. Sadly, in my life, I know all too well what a broken heart feels like and things like that certainly do lead us into depression’s dark valley.
Sometimes those things that broke our hearts happen more than once and that was the case in my life. I found that I had new wounds to heal and that was a point where the Lord brought “Hope Prevails” into my life and shown the light of His truths in new and refreshing ways.
Because Dr. Bengtson lives these things out in her own life, it didn’t feel like she was slapping Bible band-aids on me. It felt more like she had been following me around, taking notes, sharing similar experiences, and then we could walk forward together.
If you’re suffering from depression, I encourage you to read “Hope Prevails” and find in Dr. Bengtson’s guidance, comfort in those pages.
Depression doesn’t have to become a permanent part of life.
There is hope.
Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression and the companion Hope Prevails Bible Study help the reader understand how depression comes to be, recover their joy, reclaim their peace, and re-establish their true identity, while knowing their worth, remembering their secure destiny, and being confident that nothing separates them from God’s love.
Hope Prevails and the Hope Prevails Bible Study are must-reads for anyone suffering from depression or knows someone suffering from depression.
“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.”
Author of Thrive, Don’t Simply Survive
(If you have a question you’d like Dr. B to answer, contact her here now. Your name and identity will be kept confidential.)
I don’t know what clinical depression feels like; everyone around me, including my doctor, says that I’ve GOT to be depressed with the ‘circling the drain’ experience and the limitations and humiliations (can you spell D-E-P-E-N-D-S?) that go along with it.
But I’m not. It’s just life.
But I have seen depression, and can infer that it takes a huge amount of courage for anyone so afflicted to move forward. I am in awe.
“Depression feels like a broken heart”. I think you’re right. Blessedly, God is near broken-hearted. Thank you. Blessings to you!
So good! I am loving these video reviews and endorsements, friend! I am praying for you and for this message as it is released out into a world that is desperate need of hearing this Truth!
I have already read a handful of great things about this book from other fellow bloggers in just a short time! I am so glad I was your neighbor today at #CoffeeForYourHeart. I do not know if I have a “diagnose-worthy” issue but do struggle with things and have been praying for help, from God. I will be checking your book out soon, thank you for sharing your experiences with readers in order bring healing to others! I know so many who are battling alone with things, I did for years too, even sitting right in the church pew.
Depression feels like a broken heart….so true! Can’t wait to get the book!
Thank you for always sharing a message of hope with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! 🙂