Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

False teachers in the church today

  “The history of Christ’s church is inseparable from the history of Satan’s attempts to destroy her. While difficult challenges have arisen from outside the church, the most dangerous have always been from within. For from within arise the false teachers, the peddlers of error who masquerade as teachers of truth. False teachers take on […]


Once and for all?

  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9   Have you ever heard a statement in church saying that once […]


Part 6 – Justice – Human rights heroes

  As you go through this series you’ll be reading about the lives of some of the greatest individuals in history. You’ll learn their stories and what made them who they were. They are a source of inspiration. When you see the difficulties some of them faced you should be encouraged to realize that in […]


Part 5 – Justice – What do you live for?

  In February 2009 I heard a series of sermons that inspired me. We were asked if we were ever moved by something—gripped by something that bothered us so deeply that we wanted to do something about it. Or are our lives too busy to notice? Is there something we could do to make things […]


Do you have the courage?

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you […]


Part 4 – Justice – Low self-esteem?

  If you live with low self-esteem believing you’re not worth much, the writings you’ll find here will help you see the possibilities life could be holding for you. I hope you’ll see you’re as worthy as any of God’s children—loved in ways you can’t imagine. And I’m a firm believer that every life can […]


Part 3 – Justice – What are we talking about?

  The justice this series will talk about is the entitlement for everyone to have the same fundamental human rights—the right to equality and dignity, and freedom from all forms of discrimination. There are many human rights movements active today. But attention to equal rights for people with mental illness is sorely lacking. It’s time […]


Part 2 – Justice – Stigma, the struggle

  Stigma is the biggest cause of the lack of self-esteem many of us live with. It often causes more pain and suffering than the symptoms of our illness. Among other things, this series will talk about the need for confidence—both within yourself and beyond ourselves, in the world. I think many will identify with […]


Justice for all – Introduction

  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 can do […]


Why another book?

  The Living Room Story—just out—shows my experiences as I obeyed God, building the Living Room ministry, and helping those with lived experience be accepted by the church. It shows how God helped me serve for nine years until symptoms of ageing got the better of me. I wrote this book to help me remember […]

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