If you had told a younger Ben Bennett that he would one day be writing books, leading a global movement, and helping thousands heal, he likely would not have believed you. Growing up, Ben experienced abuse and was frequently bullied and belittled. His sense of worthlessness increased when his grandpa died by suicide when Ben was a teenager. Depressed and desperate for comfort, Ben fell into pornography and over-eating to cope. But that was only the beginning of his story.
Through therapy, recovery groups, and the transforming grace of a redemptive God, Ben has lived a journey of restoration— a route that he has committed to walking alongside others through Resolution Movement. That personal passion led to his new book, Free to Thrive, co-authored with Josh McDowell. On this episode of Trevor Talks, Ben Bennett tells his story while inviting us to join him in learning to see ourselves the way God sees us.
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Ben grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and met Christ at an early age. After being heavily involved in Cru throughout college and developing a great desire to see young people transformed by Jesus, he joined Cru staff in 2011. He serves with Josh McDowell Ministry (A Cru Ministry) as an Author, Speaker, and the Director of Resolution.
For 10+ years of his life Ben experienced deep anger, a porn addiction, and mental health issues like anxiety and depression, before finding hope and healing through biblical, neuroscientific, and psychological solutions.