Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 2 of 27)

Mahatma Gandhi – A life worth living – Part 27

MAHATMA GANDHI (1869 – 1948) Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was admired the world over for his nonviolent philosophy of passive resistance. This later earned him the name “Mahatma,” meaning Great Soul. In 1894 he began his activism as an Indian immigrant to South Africa. After World War 1, he became the leading figure in India’s struggle […]

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Human rights violations – A life worth living – Part 26

Imagine being a child or a young woman, being refused the opportunity for an education. Imagine growing to adulthood not having learned the basics of reading and writing. How would it affect your life? And looking at another of the many human rights violations: Imagine being a black person, not allowed the freedom of a […]

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Malala Yousafzai – A life worth living – Part 25

MALALA YOUSAFZAI (1997 – ) [1] [2] Malala was born in Mingora, Pakistan, located in the country’s Swat Valley. She became an advocate for girls’ education when she herself was still a child. She attended a school that her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, had founded. In September 2008, after the Taliban began attacking girls’ schools in […]

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What bothers you? – A life worth living. Part 5

In February 2009 I heard a series of sermons that inspired me. We were asked if we were ever moved by something—gripped so deeply by something that bothered us that we wanted to do something about it. Or were our lives too busy to notice? Do we feel that our life counts for something? Do […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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