Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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His other-centered life

  Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Matthew 8:19-20   Jesus was explaining to this scribe that following him was not […]

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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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Effectiveness of peer support

  Five theoretical frameworks have been used in attempts to explain the effectiveness of self-help groups. Solomon, Phyllis (2004). “Peer support/peer provided services underlying processes, benefits, and critical ingredients”. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. Social support: Having a community of people to give physical and emotional comfort, people who love and care, is a moderating factor in […]

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Appeal for Christian peer support

  In 2006 I founded the Living Room group support ministry. As time went on, and especially after being featured on the TV show 100 Huntley Street, enthusiasm grew. The number of groups increased steadily. After four and a half years the ministry had grown to thirteen groups and there were reports that more were […]

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Beyond imagination – fighting injustice

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  (May 15, 2013) God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Ephesians 3:20-21 (MSG) That is so very true! […]

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My church history – 2005-2016

  I’ve spent much time trying to write my Living Room history. There’s a lot I haven’t covered and, as I’ve said, I would like to move on. But I do want to leave this capsulated form of my history. It offers a clearer overall picture of how things went for me. 2005 or so […]

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Living Room times; healing times

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  269  (March 12, 2010) I’m healing. Feeling rather quiet and not carefree yet, but healing. This morning I talked to the person who I had hurt and his response to my apology was comforting. I knew he would forgive, yet I did need to talk to him personally and hear him say […]

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God in living room; God in me (2019)

As I’ve said before, telling my Living Room story is certainly helping me reclaim the life I had lost. It’s amazing how God can help things happen. I’m becoming healthier emotionally, though I could use a lot better physical health. Today, memories of what Living Room once was to me are coming back after several […]

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A big responsibility

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  264 (January 17, 2010) I’m finding it increasingly difficult to post – increasingly difficult to be absolutely honest about the stuff I’m dealing with. Instead, I journal and email my closest friends. Thing is, when you’re in leadership and when you’re trying to be there for people, you just don’t want everyone […]

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Pretty solidly balanced

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  260  (November 28, 2009) I’ve been doing ok over the past couple of days. In fact, yesterday was wonderful. Living Room turned out great, it left me feeling hugely blessed and at peace. I felt so good I didn’t feel like going to bed till late Just wanted to continue experiencing the […]

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