Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: I Will not Hide (page 1 of 2)

No lesser, nor greater

He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Philippians 2:7-8   My book I Will Not Hide will soon be on its way to the […]

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Come to me as a child? Really?

  EXCERPT 8 – I WILL NOT HIDE  (Last excerpt) I was treated like a child, though I wasn’t aware I was behaving like one. Even now, as I look back, I find it hard to believe I showed the child in me to the extent I did. I had thought my child lived mostly […]

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All I knew how to be – excerpt

EXCERPT 7 – I WILL NOT HIDE (One more excerpt to come) Sept 2018: In going through my journals from years ago, I read about all the friends I had. Friends to talk with and do things with. All was good and happy. I helped many individuals with their depression. Talking with them, walking, having […]

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Me? an activist? – excerpt 6

From I Will not Hide April 2012: I don’t like myself very much right now. Who do I think I am, anyway, making such a big deal over something I disagreed with my pastor on? Am I cut out to be an activist? I don’t think all this disagreeing and fussing over things makes me […]

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In a snowstorm yet, Excerpt 5 from my book

  IN A SNOWSTORM YET In March 2008 a big snowstorm surprised us on a Living Room day. And it was almost April! Snowflakes fell, huge and thick and fast. They were sticking to the grass and to the trees. With all that snow, we expected to have a smaller turnout than usual. We made […]

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A dizzy soul – excerpt 4

  EXCERPT 4 – I WILL NOT HIDE June 2007: I’ll be going to Bible study in a little while and I know that one question our facilitator, Mary, told us she will be asking is, “How is your soul?” I would have to answer that it’s rather dizzy right now, though it is improving. […]

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Enemy attacks

  I’ve heard much about Satanic attacks, and even though the Bible talks about them, they’ve been so far from my experience that I haven’t paid much attention. But over the last two or three weeks, I definitely feel I have encountered them. I was humiliated by a couple of people who showed no respect […]

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Bonus excerpt from I will not hide

  I’ve been having some problems lately with depression. Yes, it looks like bipolar is back. Yesterday I felt grateful for how my husband was being supportive. It reminded me of this piece, an excerpt from the RELATIONSHIP chapter of my book. I share it with you now, in case any of you are feeling […]

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Pastor comes onboard – excerpt 3

  I WILL NOT HIDE – Excerpt 3 The faith-based peer support group called Living Room went into the planning stage. It was an exciting time, but not without its anxieties. I’ll never forget one meeting I had with the pastor shortly after I heard the call to start a faith-based group. I told him […]

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I will not hide – excerpt 2

PLEASE NOTE: I will be sharing six or eight excerpts from various parts of the book. I Will not Hide awaits editing and publishing. A VISION FOR FAITH-BASED SUPPORT IS BORN  In 2005 I was attending a group support meeting at the Mood Disorders Association of BC. (MDA). My turn came to talk about what […]

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