Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Part 15 – A reader’s story of rejection

NOBODY CARES FOR MY TEARS In the early eighties, our family was the only brown family in our church among all white people. We were new to Christianity learning step by step. Preparations were under way for Christmas shows. At home, I helped my children to practice the play. My younger son was very enthusiastic […]

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Part 14 – Mandela forgiveness and reconciliation

  When he was finally released from prison in 1990, Mandela did not succumb to bitterness. All he could think about was the healing of his country and to bring old enemies—the blacks and the whites—together to rebuild in a common cause. Mandela will be remembered to have lived and died, loving and forgiving. Instead […]

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Part 13 – Nelson Mandela (cont’d)

  Nelson Mandela studied at the University of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand in 1939 and 1943-49, focusing on law. He soon became active in the anti-apartheid movement, joining the African National Congress in 1942. For twenty years, Mandela directed peaceful, nonviolent acts of defiance against South Africa’s government and its racist policies. […]

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By his wounds we are healed

  I think a lot of us suffer more from how we have been hurt by others than we do from our mental illness. And how hard it is to find a friend who will understand. How often we lose friends because our need for them is more than they can bear.   Pain like […]

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Part 12 – Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)

  Nelson Mandela, was the South African activist who helped bring an end to apartheid in his nation. He was an advocate for human rights and a global symbol of reconciliation between enemies. His passion and perseverance, despite oppression, show what can be done to overcome impossible odds to change the world. Mandela was born […]

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Part 11 – From my heart to yours

  Hello everyone, From 1999 when I published my first book, Riding the Roller Coaster, I’ve tried to persuade readers that living with mental illness is not the end of the world. Despite our struggles, we can have a life worth living. If we trust God and the person he made us to be, we […]

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Come, follow me

  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matthew 4:19   I believe that we too often consider following Jesus and being with him as something warm and fuzzy. Sometimes Jesus is presented as though he’s there for our personal sense of comfort alone. But we need […]

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Part 10 – Give us a voice of our own

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice. Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT   “Speaking for the poor and helpless.” Is this what God really means? I think we need to be careful and think about […]

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Part 9 – Martin Luther King Jr – cont’d

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR – CONT’D   In 1959, inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s success with  non-violent activism, King visited Gandhi’s birthplace. The trip profoundly affected him, increasing his commitment to the civil rights struggle in his country. In the spring of 1963 he organized a demonstration in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Though entire families were in […]

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Part 8 – Martin Luther King Jr.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR (1929 – 1968)   Martin Luther King Jr was a Baptist minister and civil rights activist. He was one of the most influential and inspirational African-American leaders in history. King attended Booker T. Washington High School, where he was said to be a precocious student. He skipped the ninth and eleventh […]

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