Sacred Scars

Resting in God’s Promise
that Your Past is Not Wasted

Your Ragged and Torn Past May Be the Key to God’s Future for You

We all endure trials, pain, and hardship in this life. Too often we believe these experiences disqualify us from being useful to God. But the truth is, your past pain and brokenness serve as preparation for what God wants to do in and through you—if you will surrender to and trust him. In Sacred Scars, neuropsychologist and fellow sufferer Dr. Michelle Bengtson helps you

  • understand suffering from a biblical perspective
  • discover how the trials of your life serve a purpose
  • reflect on the healing that God has accomplished
  • comfort others with the comfort God has given you

Just as Jesus’s scars didn’t disappear after his resurrection, our emotional or physical scars tell our story and lend credence to our testimony of God’s love and power. If you are ready to turn your past pain into present comfort and future hope, let Dr. Bengtson be your compassionate guide.

Sacred Scars By Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Announcing Pre-Order Bonuses!

Sacred Scars is available now for Pre-Order. In the time up to its official release on 6-25-24, I’m offering a bundle of Free Gifts for those who pre-order the book.

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  1. Scars to Stars Workbook
  2. 31 Printable Affirmation Cards
  3. 12 Computer Monitor Wallpaper Scriptural Images
  4. 12 Phone Lock Screen/Wallpaper Scriptural Images
  5. 7 Custom Scriptural Coloring Pages with Cover Sheet
  6. Spotify Link of Music Playlist

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Carol Kent

Carol Kent

Executive Director of Speak Up Ministries, Speaker and Author, When I Lay My Isaac Down (NavPress)

“Difficult. Impossible. Agonizing. All-consuming. If you or someone you know is experiencing physical, emotional, or psychological pain, this book is for you. It will answer your questions, acknowledge your anguish, deepen your walk with God, assist in understanding the power of scars, and place you on a path of acceptance and healing. In Dr. Michelle Bengtson’s book, Sacred Scars, you’ll find comfort and encouragement for your hard journey. This is also a book you will want to purchase for friends who need hope.”

Jill Savage

Jill Savage

host of the No More Perfect Podcast and author of No More Perfect Marriages

“Pain. We all experience it emotionally, physically, relationally, and even spiritually. While we wish for a pain-free life, the dark seasons are where God invites us into the most growth. On the pages of this book you will come to understand how God uses pain in powerful ways. If you’re human, you need this book.”

Amy Connell

Amy Connell

Graced Health Podcast host and Author of Your Worthy Body: Find Freedom in Health by Breaking All the Rules and Your CORE Strength: A Young Woman’s Go-To Guide for Eating, Exercising and Empowered Health

“We all have scars. Some are visible, but many are hidden beneath layers of emotional, relational or even spiritual harm. The trials that cause these scars can cause us to wrestle with God and ask Him hard questions, regardless of how strong our faith is. Board-certified clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Michelle Bengtson is the friend you want to help navigate your pain and shame using equal parts empathy, vulnerability and intellect. And of course, this message is covered in her steadfast faith in Jesus. Sacred Scars is for anyone bearing scars, no matter how old, who is seeking purpose, understanding and perspective in them. Using personal stories from both herself and others, Dr. Michelle comes alongside the reader to offer empathy, encouragement and the hope of Jesus to those suffering. You are not alone.”

Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

No Regrets Woman, Christian speaker, best selling author of 7 books including, Moms Raising Sons to Be Men, and host at: Old Ladies Know Stuff Podcast

“Don’t suffer alone my friend. This book by Dr. Michelle Bengtson is the companion you need to heal your battle wounds and embrace your holy, sacred scars. Whether you’ve experienced an unexpected diagnosis, wounds at the hand of another or consequences of your own mistakes, Sacred Scars offers real help and hope.

“This incredibly inspiring and easy-to-read resource reminds you that no pain is wasted in the hands of your loving Father. From her own sacred journey, Dr. Michelle shares practical ways to recognize “the melody of love that God sings over us.” Through the pages you’ll find courage amidst the storm, determination to rely on Jesus when life doesn’t make sense, and hope to face your redeemed future through the eyes of your heavenly Father who makes all things new. One of my favorite quotes from this book; “Some of our greatest growth opportunities come after the wrestle with pain and suffering.” May it be true for you as well.”

Erica Wiggenhorn

Erica Wiggenhorn

National Speaker with Aspire Women’s Events and author of An Unexpected Revival: Experiencing God’s Goodness through Disappointment and Doubt

“It’s so easy to get stuck in the pain of our past…all the would haves, could haves, and should haves that bring guilt, shame, and/or regret. Dr Michelle combines her contagious encouragement with years of professional experience as a neuropsychologist to help you move forward to see God’s redemptive hand in your painful past. She hands you a dose of hope to see a bright future. If you are carrying a heavy past, unsure of what your next steps should be, or struggling to understand why things have happened the way they did, don’t miss this book! And get one for your friend too, because we all need to see our scars as something sacred.”

Carol McLeod

Carol McLeod

Best-selling Author, Speaker, and Podcaster, Author of Rooms of a Mother’s Heart and Meanwhile, Host of the “Significant Women” Podcast

“We all have them – scars that is – but few of us realize that these scars might just represent our finest hour. Rather than hiding our scars, ignoring them, or feeling shame because of them, Dr. Michelle Bengtson teaches us to display them for God’s glory. I read every word of “Sacred Scars” and felt hope return to my weary soul. Because I have them, too, – scars that is – and yet I haven’t always known what to do with them. Now, because of Michelle’s perspective, I will view my scars as the vehicle through which I was invited into His presence where there is always fullness of joy.”

Greg Atkinson

Greg Atkinson

author, speaker, Founder of the First Impressions Conference and The Entrepreneurial Church Conference

“I’ve been writing for a long time, but the hardest thing I’ve ever done was to share my personal story and scars in my most recent book. Dr. Michelle Bengtson does just this in her beautiful book Sacred Scars. I appreciate and applaud her bravery, and I guarantee that you, like me, will be inspired, encouraged, and blessed by her story. We all have scars. They made us who we are, but not all have done the work to learn from them and realize the power of sharing them. As Michelle prays, “Father, help them to trust you in the waiting as you heal their wounds and bring beauty from their ashes in the form of sacred scars.” And I as like to say, “God never wastes our pain.” I pray for you what this book echoes, “May God bring purpose from your past into your future,” and from this day on, may you realize how powerful your testimony is and how many lives can be changed by sharing it with others.”

Lee Ann Mancini

Lee Ann Mancini

Adjunct Professor South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary, Founder of Raising Christian Kids Nonprofit Organization, Author and Executive Producer Sea Kids Series

“With wisdom, love, and compassion, Dr. Michelle Bengtson encourages us to embrace God’s unwavering love that will empower us to rise above our pain and suffering and embrace blessings that emerge from our brokenness. God never forsakes us, especially during our most challenging times. Through these intimate stories, you will find grace, peace, and promise from those who have endured unimaginable suffering – emotionally, physically, and spiritually. This book is a compelling tribute to the human spirit and God’s unfailing love.”

Meet Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Dr. Michelle Bengtson is an international speaker, a national and international media resource on mental health, and the bestselling, award-winning author of Hope Prevails, the Hope Prevails Bible Study, Today Is Going to Be a Good Day, Breaking Anxiety’s Grip, and The Hem of His Garment. She is also the host of the award-winning podcast Your Hope-Filled Perspective. A board-certified clinical neuropsychologist in private practice for more than twenty years, Dr. Bengtson blogs regularly and offers a wide variety of resources on her website,

About Dr. Michelle Bengtson, author of Today is Going to be a Good Day