Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Book Review - Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengston


As a board-certified neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson believed she was prescribing the most effective treatments for her clients who struggled with depression. But when she experienced debilitating depression herself, she found that the treatments she had recommended weren't helping her the way she expected. She was determined to find out what was missing.

 With the deep compassion of someone who has been there, Dr. Bengtson blends her training and that vital missing piece she discovered to offer you a hope grounded in God's love and grace. She helps you understand what depression is, how it affects you spiritually, and what, by God's grace, depression cannot do. The result is an approach that offers not just the management of symptoms but the hope of true release.


To find out more about Dr. Bengston, go HERE


This  book is written from the point of view from someone who knows. Dr. Bengston is not only a neuropsychologist, but someone who suffered from depression herself. What makes this book different from every other book on depression I've read is that she goes at defeating depression from the spiritual side.

I gained so much from this book about depression and loved how openly she shared her own journey through this hard thing called depression. Even though she had been diagnosing and treating her own patients for years, it wasn't until she suffered herself that she realized that she also needed help in the spiritual sense.

She doesn't discount medicines or therapies but she does talk about our need for a life with God. She shares what worked for her and also gives you some ideas that will help you. One thing she does that I have done myself is to keep a gratitude journal to remind yourself of the blessings we encounter each day. Sometimes, we need to just focus on the small blessings.

I really liked this book. I learned a lot and loved that it was written from a point of faith. I do believe that we need God and never more than when depression hits. I really recommend this book highly, especially to anyone suffering with depression. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Revell Reads

Blessings - Julie

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