Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Month: January 2024

My great shame

Part 9 of my story January 29, 2024  Have mercy on me, O God,     according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion     blot out my transgressions.  My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. Psalm 51:1,17 The story I’ve told you so far might make you feel […]


“Feed my sheep”

FAITH AND MENTAL HEALTH Part 8 of my story January 25, 2024   The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” […]


Free pdf now ready

The PDF for this 48 page booklet is now ready to freely download from This booklet includes clear suggestions of how friends, and all who care can, through Jesus, help  those who struggle with their mental health, the lonely, and disabled—the many in our day who have not been able to live a full […]


Booklet will be free soon

To those who want to buy Healing the Effects of Stigma and are shocked by the price charged by online sellers. I’m shocked too. If you can hold on, a PDF for the booklet will be available very soon to download free of charge from my website at


Following a radical Jesus

HEALING I’m very grateful to Light Magazine for publishing my article, Following a Radical Jesus: Addressing the Effects of Stigma. I hope you will have some time to read it. You might be moved to ask, “But what does it all mean to me as a follower of Christ?” To answer questions this article might […]


Meeting God, my Father

FAITH Part 6 of my story “. . . We’re all different and the way in which we need God in our life will differ somewhat from the needs others might have.” Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3 Around […]


Caring – Jesus’ way

My mother-in-law, Selma Bergen,  caring for her ailing husband, Cornelius, in 1988. CAREGIVING  . . . a Samaritan, as he traveled, came to where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man […]


My photography

A POSITIVE SELF-IMAGE Part 4 of my story   I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 I will now continue my story–a story that I hope will inspire you to know that it’s possible to build a confident life, despite struggles. We left off at the story about my […]


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