Hope Prevails is written by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, a neuropsychologist. This is a book of her personal journey with depression. The author points out that a lot of people who are suffering from depression are embarrassed to talk about it. The Bible tells us we will go through difficult, painful times. But God will be with us. If we do not take time to rest in God’s presence and listen to him,we can become lonely. Satan can get a hold of us and can steal our joy, peace and identity. We have a choice, we can let depression define us or we can desire joy enough to pursue it with prayer, obedience, gratitude and sacrifice.
The author also touches on anxiety. Anxiety is the absence of peace and the feeling of being out of control. To have perfect peace, we need to surrender to God, give up our need for control and let God be in control.
This is a good book that uses many verses from the Bible to reinforce that we are loved by God and that He wants to take our pain. He knows that He has so much better for us. The author ends each chapter with questions to ask yourself, was well as with steps to take in your walk through depression, a prayer for our lives during depression and a song list of suggested uplifting songs to listen to. I appreciate that the author briefly point out the need for medical help. She also explains the use of certain medication as other steps we can take in our lives to help with depression. Some of those include prayer, spending time in God’s word, getting enough rest, proper nutrition, exercise and stay socially active. The part in the book that really stands out to me is God loves us as we are, not as we think we should be. He gives us his love freely, we do not have to be in church all the time, serve on committees or give a certain amount in the offering to receive his love. I do wish the author would have used capitalization when referencing God.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing for an honest review.