Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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With the Nature of a Servant

  Dear readers, This is the third of a series I’m writing about Jesus. When I think about Jesus and all he was, I see so much that could inspire and motivate, making us want be like him—to do what de does and say the kinds of things he said. I’m eager to write about […]

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I’m sorry – one more thing

  I do want to say one more thing about I Will Not Hide (http://marjabergen.com/books) because I believe it’s the most important book I’ve written, and probably the last one to address problems faced by people with mental health issues What I share with you here, are some bits and pieces from the Introduction of […]

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Jesus up close

  I Will Not Hide is now a real book. And, as so often happens when a person has completed a big creative effort, I quickly started feeling lost, not knowing what to do with myself. But soon I realized that I very much wanted to write about Jesus. As a result of the pain […]

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Come to me

  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30   […]

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I will not hide: my life with mental illness

A book to reduce stigma and increase compassion by marja bergen. Soon available at http://marjabergen.com/books. “In her book I Will Not Hide Marja Bergen uses her strikingly clear and powerful voice to tell the story of her recovery in relation to bipolar disorder. With over 50 years of experience of receiving mental health care, she […]

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The way to truth

How do  we allow God to lead us? It is to allow things to happen under the power and spirit of God – without a conscious will of your own, but under the guidance and will of the Almighty. It’s the way to truth. Contriving is the opposite. Contriving is to make things happen according […]

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Waiting patiently

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise […]

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Open my eyes

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Psalm 119:18 It is said that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. What kind of beholder are you? What kind of eyes do you have? The kind that sees: the most obvious? the most colourful? the most perfect? Try looking beyond. […]

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When least is expected

  The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the […]

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Anything is better than thinking

Feeling kind of crummy tonight, though listening to Nana Mouskouri helps. And when I pull out of that hole what shall I do? Not writing tonight. I’m tired of thinking. All that will help for now is to look at some photographs and share them with you. Did you know I like clouds? Here are […]

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