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Dr. Michelle Bengtson on Mental Health and the Church and Dr. Mary Naegeli on Finding Calm Amid Cancer Anxiety – Ep. 42

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An impromptu conversation with Dr. Michelle Bengtson discusses the challenges in the church with mental health issues and a call to authenticity and support by those we look to for help in our church world. And an incredible story of God’s healing of lung cancer in someone who never smoked and was never around second hand smoke. 

Meet the Guests

DrMichelle Bengtson is an international speaker, national and international media resource on mental health, and the author of three bestselling, award-winning books: “Hope Prevails: Insights From A Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression,” “Hope Prevails Bible Study,” and “Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises.” She has been a neuropsychologist in private practice for more than twenty years, where she evaluated, diagnosed, and treated children and adults with a variety of medical and mental health disorders. This doctor knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to address her patients’ issues, both for those who suffer and the ones who care for them. Using sound practical tools, she affirms worth and encourages faith. DrBengtson offers hope as a key to unlock joy and relief—even in the middle of the storm. She and her husband of thirty years have two young adult sons and reside in the Greenville, South Carolina area. She blogs regularly on her own site: She is also a popular show host of the award-winning podcast, “Your Hope-Filled Perspective with DrMichelle Bengtson” at 

Dr. Mary Holder Naegeli is a Presbyterian minister now serving as a hospital chaplain after decades as a parish pastor and seminary professor. She holds degrees from Stanford University and Fuller Theological Seminary, and her mission is to “bring the Word to life.” She has done this through preaching, teaching, and blogging and—though COVID has brought speaking engagements to a screeching halt for now—she loves to spend a weekend with women and men on retreat seeking spiritual growth. Mary has been married to her husband Andy for 45 years, and their two daughters are launched and starting families of their own. She is a gourmet cook at home, enjoys quilting, reading, world travel, and getting out into quiet nature.

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I've been around Christian publishing since 1987 when I helped our ministry self-publish an important resource for Vietnam veterans and their families. That book went on to be picked up by a royalty publisher and has since sold over 250,000 copies with a million in print.

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