September 2, 2016

Review: Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor's Personal Journey Through Depression

Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor's Personal Journey Through Depression Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor's Personal Journey Through Depression by Michelle Bengtson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So the author of this book mentions many times that the readers of this book probably either used to suffer, still do suffer, or love someone who suffers from depression. So I'll just tell you that I fit all three. My symptoms and suffering have been much worse than they are now, but I do still suffer. And I have many friends who do as well.

This book is full of practical advice about day to day living. But it is also full of spiritual advice including but not limited to worship songs that might help. I really loved that each chapter ended with a list of worship songs that helped the author. I also liked how each chapter also ended with a prescription for healing. These pieces of homework were practical but also realistic in their approach to healing.

Spiritual healing is the main focus of this book but the author also takes the time to delve into the different reasons that people suffer from depression and also some of the many ways that treatment can be approached. I really appreciated that even though she spent much of the book focusing on spiritual healing that she also mentioned other options like medications and therapy. I was also impressed that she mentioned other physical treatments including rest, eating well, and exercising. The only thing that I would add to her list is being sure to drink plenty of water.

She focuses so much on songs that helped her during her pit of depression that I wanted to share one that really helps me. I learned this before I went to Guatemala on a missions trip and fell in love with the song. It is beautiful, based on scripture, and really speaks to me!

Is 43:2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

I also want to share some of my favorite quotes from the book:

"Sometimes it is difficult to answer the question 'What's wrong?' when we can't first answer the question 'What's right?'"

"I'm afraid if I let myself cry I might never stop"

"There is no shame in using a pharmacological approach to manage depression symptoms."

This book was an excellent read. I think it would be a good book for anyone to read because even if you don't realize you know someone dealing with depression you probably do!

I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

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