Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Month: April 2021 (page 2 of 3)

Heroes of human rights – A life worth living, Part 4

Like all of us, the individuals you’ll read about didn’t have easy lives. They faced difficulties, but despite those difficulties, their lives were full and meaningful. That’s what happens when you find something worth living for. What are some of the obstacles keeping you from living a full life? Are you focusing more on those […]


Gaining confidence – A life worth living, Part 3

You may be living with low self-esteem, thinking you’re not worth much. But listen to this: “You are of great worth to God, your Father. You are his child and he wants you to get the most out of life.” This is something you need to believe. The writings you’ll find here will help you […]


Justice – A life worth living. Part 2

The justice this book will talk about is the entitlement for everyone to have the same fundamental human rights—the right to equality and dignity, the freedom from all forms of discrimination. There are many human rights movements active today. All people in our world deserve to be treated justly—regardless of race, colour, gender, disability, and […]


Updated introduction – A life worth living, Part 1

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 more […]


Stand up and be counted

Words from Martin Luther King Jr –  words I make my own as well: “I have always felt that ultimately along the way of life an individual must stand up and be counted and be willing to face the consequences whatever they are. And if he is filled with fear he cannot do it. My […]


Following with courage

April 2019 “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 […]


Treated like a nuisance – excerpt

Excerpt from my book, A Battle Against Stigma Soon after retiring from my group, things went bad. A big part of the hurting seemed to come from more than a single person. Attitudes towards me developed in tandem. I had at one time received loving support from them and helped them in various ways. What […]


“Come and have breakfast”

First published in 2016 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but […]


My hunger for Jesus – excerpt

Excerpt from my book, A Battle Against Stigma I find it easiest to be myself and to be close to those who are strong believers. It’s important to me to have a friendship in whom God has an active part. My most intimate conversations are those that include Jesus. I’m learning to see that more […]


What if…? – A life worth living, part 24

WHAT IF…? What if you had lived in those days before women had the right to vote—those days when women were not admitted to colleges. When they could not make speeches in public. What if you were considered of lesser worth to men in terms of reasoning ability? What would it have been like to […]

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