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#HopePrevails – An Interview With Dr. Michelle Bengtson & Diana Rockwell and a Book Giveaway

I am excited to be hosting an interview with Dr. Michelle Bengtson and my good friend, Diana Rockwell, about Dr. Michelle’s new book, Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression, which releases on August 16th. Enter below for a chance to win 1 of 5 copies of this book that will change your life, or the life of someone you know.



Barbie: Diana, how did you meet Dr. Michelle Bengtson?

I met Dr. Michelle Bengtson online through a writing class focusing on how God uses our willingness to share our stories to help others. At that time she was in the process of finishing the writing “Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression.” She asked for people who would be willing to support her by praying for her through the rest of her writing and publishing process. I became the administrator of her prayer team. We met in person in July 2015. God has blessed our friendship.

Barbie: Dr. Michelle, what made you ask for prayer that day?

“Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” really focuses on the spiritual side of depression. Because of the topic of the book, God had told me I needed a strong group of women behind me to pray specifically for me, this book, and the message of hope that it will bring to hurting individuals. I didn’t know who to ask and while I knew that God was right and that I needed to have a prayer covering, I told God I needed Him to bring people to me who would have a heart for intercession. He did that slowly over time, and now we have a strong group of prayer warriors.

Barbie: Dr. Michelle when does “Hope Prevails” release and what is your book about?

“Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” releases August 16, 2016 by Baker/Revell publishers. As a board certified clinical neuropsychologist with over 25 years of experience diagnosing and treating patients with medical and mental health disorders, I have seen the devastation that depression brings. Yet nothing compares to experiencing such conditions first hand. We can never fully understand another person’s suffering until we go through it ourselves. Such is the case with depression. When I went through the valley of depression, I tried all the same treatment recommendations that I offered to my own patients, and they helped but they were suboptimal and I could not figure out what I was doing wrong. It was only when I started understanding that we cannot ignore the spiritual component of disease and expect lasting effects that I started to experience freedom. “Hope Prevails” offers the insights that I learned about the spiritual side of depression, what the enemy does to entrap us in depression, and what by the grace of God, the enemy cannot do. “Hope Prevails” shares God’s help, hope, and healing for managing depression. I wrote this book to offer hope: a hope that sustains, a hope that is real, a hope that prevails.

Barbie: Diana, you are reading the book as a part of the launch team. What impresses you about the book?

Having suffered with depression, from the moment I started reading I did not want to put the book down. The practical applications at the end of the chapters helped me significantly and I wished I had such wisdom when I was in the depth of my depression. At the end of every chapter, Dr. Michelle offers a prescription for the reader in the form of three or four questions to apply the information they learned in the chapter to their own life situation. She also offers a recommended music playlist to encourage their heart, and she writes a prayer for the reader. Her teaching is practical, but not written in an overly clinical fashion. Rather, she writes conversationally like a friend who understands and is sitting right next to you as you go through the valley yourself.

Barbie: Dr. Michelle, what are a couple of your favorite quotes from the book?

“While God sees us in our season of pain, He also knows he has so much more in store for us after we make it through depressions dark tunnel and arrive on the other side.”

“Jesus looks past the masks we put on for the rest of the world to see us as we truly are, even as we try to hide guilt, shame and the utter despair we feel.”

Barbie: Diana, can you tell us what chapter impacted you so significantly?

I found freedom in Chapter 8, which was entitled “Know Your Worth.” In this chapter, Dr. Michelle talks about how God is 100% for us. Yet we have an enemy who is 100% against us and it is one of his primary purposes to bring us down and demean us and distract us from living the victorious life God provides. In this chapter, Dr. Michelle said, “Depression doesn’t define our worth, and God delights in us as his masterpiece.” Through reading this chapter, I realized just how much I have allowed words of others to determine how I feel about myself and when Dr. Michelle said, “Tragically, we allow words, attitudes or actions of others to influence how we feel about ourselves” Barbie, this described me. I was so blessed when I read that “the only one that has the authority to speak about my worth is Jesus.”

Barbie: Dr. Michelle, you have shared your story and your heart. Is there anything you want to share in closing?

The Bible warns us that we WILL go through trials and difficulties in our lives, but we must keep our eyes on God. No trial, not even depression, can determine our worth, dictate our destiny, or separate us from the love of God. In Jeremiah 29:11 it says, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for a future and a hope!” So take heart, my friend. It’s not over until God says it’s over. Because of Him, #HopePrevails!

The Giveaway

Enter to win 1 of 5 copies of Dr. Michelle’s book, Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression.  To enter, just follow the prompts on the giveaway widget below. *The giveaway runs 12:01am on Tuesday, August 9th through 11:59pm on Sunday, August 14th.  Please share this giveaway with your friends!

#HopePrevails Book Giveaway

22 thoughts on “#HopePrevails – An Interview With Dr. Michelle Bengtson & Diana Rockwell and a Book Giveaway”

  1. Shannan Williams says:

    I am so anxious to get this book. I have struggled with depression since I was 9 years old when my father was murdered. It just all went down hill from there. Now my 15 year old daughter has become a victim of depression and I hate that for her. I am trying to find ways to help her.

    1. Diana Rockwell says:

      Shannan, I am sure the book will help her.

  2. SUSAN says:


  3. Beth Almeida says:

    I have suffered with severe clinical depression, severe anxiety disorder and borderline agoraphobia. The borderline agoraphobia was explained to me like this; because I CAN leave the house, I’m not a full blown agoraphobic. It is considered borderline because I have to take medicine to leave home.
    I’m not in counseling but I feel like I should be but because we don’t let people babysit Mason, I’m not sure how I would work that out.
    My Daddy suffered with Major depression most of his life and for a couple of years before he died, he wouldn’t even leave his house to go to the mailbox.
    My mother has mild depression so I guess I caught it from both sides. Reading Hope Prevails has made me cry for all the opportunities I’ve missed because I let this disease beat me down. It’s made me feel positively elated that someone KNOWS that, even though it isn’t visible to most, depression is real and hard and soul crushing, and energy draining and makes us feel fatigued and just plain miserable!
    It breaks my heart when some in my family say things like “Just bite the bullet and get over it”, “Why are you depressed look at your life and all the blessings you’ve been given.” Or when they think it’s an excuse not to visit and then try to make me feel bad for it.
    I can go for several weeks, or even a couple of months without going to visit anyone. I don’t have to talk on the phone every day. It actually can cause a LOT of anger because I feel like I’m being pushed and pushed and no one understands.
    This book is such a help to me. If I had a paper copy, I would take it everywhere just so I can grab it and start reading when that crushing feeling starts!!

    1. Diana Rockwell says:

      I hope you win one of the copies, Bethie.

  4. Rachelle Craig says:

    Awesome Interview!
    This book is amazing! I have had the honor and privilege of being a part of the launch team. I have several loved ones who suffer with depression, and I can’t wait to bless them with this book!

    1. Diana Rockwell says:

      Rachelle, I feel the same way and the amount of prayer that has gone into the book it is sure to be a success.

  5. Trudy says:

    Thank you for this interview! The book sounds interesting, helpful, and hope-filled.

    1. Diana Rockwell says:

      Dear Trudy, Thank you for your kind words. It is hope filled because hope prevails.

  6. Pam Filomeno says:

    This book is going to help so many people. It is a message that is so desperately needed in our world! #HopePrevails!!

    1. Diana Rockwell says:

      Dear Pam, I agree, I am hoping we get the word out there. Blessings Diana

  7. Jennifer Gigowski says:

    I have been looking forward to this book for a long time!
    Great interview!
    I hope I win. 😀

    1. Diana Rockwell says:

      Dear Jennifer, I hope you do too…. Blessings Diana

  8. Beckie Lindsey says:

    This book sounds fantastic! I’ve got to get a copy whether I win in the giveaway or not (but I HOPE to win!).

    1. Diana Rockwell says:

      Dear Beckie, It is a good book I hope you win…blessings Diana

  9. Debby Manley says:

    Wonderful Interview with my beautiful sister in law Diana and her beautiful friend Michelle!

    1. Diana Rockwell says:

      Dear Debby, thank you I love you.. diana

  10. Diana Rockwell says:

    Dear Dolly, Thank You so much, Blessings Diana

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