Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Month: November 2023

How on earth did I get here?

  A MEANINGFUL JOURNEY  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11   In past years, I’ve written a great deal of my story, so much of it including painful parts of […]


Helping to relieve the pain

NOW AVAILABLE Learning about mental illness does not equip you to give care.  For that, you need to follow Jesus’ example. This 48-page booklet will give you details on how you can do that. The end purpose? To help friends who struggle learn to have a more confident life. A life with meaning. Now released on […]


Come unto me

HIS INVITATION I wrote the following during a time when I suffered greatly because of how hurtfully I had been treated by a person who used to be a friend. In my time with Jesus, I drew close to him by picturing myself in his presence at a time when he was living among us […]


A new day will dawn

BEYOND THE PAIN OF STIGMA I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:12-13 Years ago, The Land Between, a book by Jeff Manion made […]


A peek inside the booklet

HOW CAN YOU HELP? Are you curious about what’s inside Healing the Effects of Stigma but you’re not ready to buy? There are eight sets of pages that will give you ideas of how you can help address the ways your friends with mental challenges might be feeling. Other topics: Are You a Wounded Healer? […]


Inside the booklet

HOW CAN YOU HELP? Healing the Effects of Stigma will help friends of those living with the effects of stigma learn how they can bring relief to the pain they live with. What is the pain that people with mental health challenges live with? This is what they would tell us. We are looked down […]


How can we help . . . as Jesus once did?

HEALING THE EFFECTS OF STIGMA Introducing a booklet that will show you how. This 48-page book follows upon the recent publication of my book, In the Name of Jesus: Spiritual Support for Mental Health Challenges, which shows the pain and suffering of those who have been stigmatized because of their mental health challenges. It shows […]


Beyond imagination

For Maiko, a dear friend, serving God to her utmost – soon to start the first Living Room group in Japan.   Written in 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 […]


Determined to make a difference

A FIRM PLACE TO STAND  (2008)- EXCERPT If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I make my bed in the depths you are there. (Psalm 139:8) The last straw, the final thing that started my mind working overtime and threw me into a dangerous mood disturbance—was my renewed recognition of the […]


What a beautiful name

  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians […]


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