‘Those days were often governed by my feelings instead of by God’s truth. But feelings are not reliable. Our feelings are the outward manifestation of the thoughts we believe.” Dr. Michelle Bengtson in Hope Prevails
That’s what I said to myself when I first read that passage in Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression. Our feelings are liars. Feelings. The things we rely on and believe in. A lot. My feelings aren’t telling me the truth about things.
But wait, there’s more.
When we feel fearful, worried, or anxious, those emotions are the outward representation of what we have believed (e.g., “Something bad is going to happen,” “I can’t trust God to take care of me,” “God’s Word is true for others, but not for me,” etc.)
These passages really got their hooks into me. This whole book did and I think you’ll find it helpful and inspiring as well. You see, this isn’t like any other book. It’s written by a neuropsychologist who’s been in the depression trenches: she herself has battled it. She gets it.
In Hope Prevails, Michelle helps readers understand what depression is and how it affects you spiritually and what depression cannot do. “The result is an approach that offers not just the management of symptoms but the hope of true release.”
If you’ve battled depression or are in the throes of it now, this book may serve as a lifeline for you. I’d like to give you an opportunity to own it. You can purchase a copy for yourself or to give to someone you know needs it. If you comment on this post, that will enter you for the giveaway of one (1) copy of Hope Prevails.
This book tackles issues like the underlying causes of depression, reclaiming your peace, and knowing your worth. I strongly encourage you to explore this book if depression has ever been an issue for you. It’s a true comfort, education, and eye-opener. The recurring theme to remember: there’s always hope and it will prevail.
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Dr. Michelle Bengtson is an author and has been a neuropsychologist for more than 20 years. she completed postdoctoral training at both the Henry Ford Hospital and the University of Alabama Health Sciences Center. She lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her husband, their two sons, and two dogs. She offers more hope at her site Dr. Michelle Bengtson.