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  • Writer's pictureKeith Haney

From Darkness to Hope: Dr. Michelle Bengtson's Journey of Overcoming Adversity




In our latest podcast episode, we delve into the inspiring journey of Dr. Michelle Bengtson, a renowned neuropsychologist and author who overcame physical deformity and chronic pain through her faith and determination. Throughout her journey, she has experienced trials, challenges, and surprising victories, including facing her husband's daunting battle with cancer.


Drawing strength from her faith, Dr. Bengtson shared her journey filled with resilience, perseverance, and victories. Her story is about physical healing and the spiritual, emotional, and relational healing she experienced. She touched on the importance of empathy, prayer, and faith, sharing her experiences of finding healing, comfort, and encouragement through trust in Jesus.

Throughout the episode, we explored the topic of pain and suffering, specifically chronic pain, and its impact on individuals. Through the biblical stories of Job and the woman with the issue of blood, we highlighted the importance of empathy and prayer. Chronic pain can make individuals feel unheard or uncared for, but the episode emphasizes the significance of seeking Jesus and trusting in His abundant love and healing.

Dr. Bengtson's journey also underscored the importance of perseverance and resilience. Despite her hardships, her faith and determination were pivotal in her recovery. She shared how her mother's friend and Johnny Erickson Tada, influential figures in her life, inspired her not to let her pain hold her back.


In the final segment of the podcast, we discussed finding hope amidst adversity. Dr. Bengtson spoke about her book's relevance in recognizing God's work. The conversation explored how we can experience God's hope in today's uncertain times and how to share this hope with others. Her testament to the power of faith and perseverance is a beacon of hope and inspiration, illuminating the healing power of faith.


Overall, the episode provided an insightful exploration into the different types of pain people experience - physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, financial, and grief/loss. It highlighted the concept of compounded pain and how it can rob us of the best parts of ourselves. The podcast also offered insights and encouragement for those dealing with pain and suffering, reminding them that they are not alone and encouraging them to continue leaning on Jesus.


Dr. Bengtson's journey is an inspiring testament to the power of faith, resilience, and perseverance. Her story reminds us that despite our hardships and adversities, we can find hope, healing, and comfort through our faith. Whether we are dealing with physical pain or emotional suffering, we can draw strength from our faith and trust in Jesus to overcome our battles.



In a world filled with uncertainties, Dr. Bengtson's story is a beacon of hope and inspiration, shedding light on the power of faith and resilience in overcoming life's challenges. Her testament to the power of faith and perseverance reminds us that no matter our adversities, we can find strength and hope through our faith in Jesus.


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