Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 1 of 25)

We long for dignity and worth

EXAMPLE OF SPIRITUAL FOOD for a person who feels rejected by the world When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan […]


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


He overcame injustice with his love

REJECTION The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. John 1:9-10 Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” Mark 4:9 Please let me take you back to the story of Jesus  in the […]


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 […]


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? […]


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 […]


What is the pain of stigma?

IN THE NAME OF JESUS When I talk about the pain of stigma, I think many would wonder what I’m talking about. Most would not consider the effects of stigma to be pain at all. Yet it is. Very much so. People who are stigmatized experience distinct feelings that they don’t fit in. They’re thought […]


In the name of Jesus – the book

I’m a bit late letting you know, but In the Name of Jesus is now available in book form.  I pray that the publication of this book will encourage spiritual support for people with mental health challenges.

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