Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengtson – Book Review

Hope Prevails

Hope Prevails – Insights From A Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression – Book Review

Did you know that in any given year, approximately 18.8 million American adults will suffer from a depressive order – and, that at some point in their lives, 1 in 4 Americans will experience depression?

That means, chances are high that someone you know and love – perhaps you, yourself – have experienced the debilitating effects of depression.

For nearly twenty years, Dr. Michelle Bengtson – a board-certified neuropsychologist with lots of degrees and alphabet soup after her name – spent her career working with individuals who were suffering from depression. She prescribed every type of traditional treatment possible to her patients, including medication, therapy, exercise and good nutrition.

Imagine how she must have felt when she found that all of her knowledge, medical training and experience did not make her immune from experiencing the depths of depression herself – and that all of the traditional treatments she prescribed to her patients were not enough to heal her of depression on its own.

Hope Prevails – Insights From A Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression is the result of Dr. Michelle’s life-changing and eye-opening first-hand experience with depression.

It’s a book that everyone should read.

In a highly conversational tone, Dr. Michele helps us to understand that we are not alone in our depression. She helps us to identify and understand the underlying causes of depression with an emphasis on the spiritual roots of depression and the specific steps we need to take to overcome them.

Since the roots of many illnesses are spiritual in origin, but most doctors are trained to only treat the symptoms, the material in Hope Prevails is invaluable.

This is what Dr. Michelle says about her book:

Few books discuss what depression does to us on a personal level. That is the emphasis of this book. While I will 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.

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.

I’ve been reading Dr. Michelle’s blog for a number of years – she regularly contributes to my Inspire Me Monday column – and I respect her as a doctor who is highly knowledgeable in her field and a woman who is solidly grounded in God’s Word.

If you are looking for a book that can help you to re-experience hope and joy, even though you may be currently walking through a dark valley, I highly recommend Hope Prevails to you!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Dr. Michelle Bengtson – Hope Prevails Video

About Dr. Michelle Bengston

Dr Michelle Bengtson

Author, speaker and board certified clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson is also a wife, mother and friend. She knows pain and despair first-hand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to address issues surrounding medical and mental disorders, both for those who suffer and for those who care for them. She offers sound practical tools, affirms worth, and encourages faith. Dr. Michelle Bengtson offers hope as a key to unlock joy and relief—even in the middle of the storm.


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6 Responses to “Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengtson – Book Review”

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  1. I so agree that our emotional wellness ultimately stems from our spiritual foundation. I chose this as one of my featured faves from last week’s Thursday Favorite Things. I will be featuring you this week on my Thursday post!


    • Create With Joy
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      Thanks for picking my review of Dr. Michelle’s wonderful book as one of your Featured Faves for this week’s Thursday Favorite Things party Shellie – I’m sure she will appreciate your efforts to spread the word about her wonderful book! 🙂

  2. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent

    I just heard about this book recently. It looks good. Thanks for sharing this post at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!

  3. Marisa says:

    What a Beautiful book. I’ll have to add it to my list!


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