Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Tag: A Firm Place to Stand

Reducing the feeling of shame

EXCERPT FROM A FIRM PLACE TO STAND (PAGE 198) – MARJA BERGEN (2008) In the introduction to his book, No Man is an island, Thomas Merton said that loving ourselves properly is “desiring to live, accepting life as a great gift and a great good, not because of what it gives us, but because of […]


More publicity

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  185 (August 28, 2008) This was a good day. I’ve been dealing a bit with the stress of the work I need to do promoting A Firm Place to Stand. Knowing that I need to get the publicity within the first three months means there’s a fair amount of pressure on me […]


Getting on track

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  184  (August 25, 2008) Yesterday morning I had a great two hour quiet time, journaling, writing yesterday’s post, and emailing a friend. Prayer was a big part of it. By the end of that time I felt quite a bit better. One blogging friend listed several things I needed to do to […]


After the launch – such happiness!

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  180  (July 21, 2008) What do you do when you’re so happy that, waking up at 3:30 in the morning, you can’t get back to sleep again? This happened yesterday morning. I was too happy to sleep. I felt like there was something I should do with such happiness. Dance or something. […]


Big party coming

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  178  (July 12, 2008) In a week from today I’ll be having my book launch for A Firm Place to Stand. We’re planning a big party in the garden, hoping the weather will co-operate. I’ve lost track of the number of people I’ve invited but sixty have confirmed so far. Many yet […]


The pain of stigma in church

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  156  (April 28, 2008) I haven’t thought for a while about stigma within the church. My life has been pretty insulated. I don’t feel the effects of such stigma. But every once in a while I hear a story that gets my blood boiling. It’s not simple anger I feel, though. It’s […]


Do coping strategies help?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  52  (March 11, 2007) Thank God, I did pull out of that two-week down time! I was so worried it was the beginning of something big, but it was just another little blip. At times like this, I wonder though: how much of my surfacing back to the stable old me was […]


Nose to the grindstone

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  42  (January 30, 2007) Over the past several days I’ve had my nose to the proverbial grindstone, editing my book. The end of this big project is in sight, though there is still much work to do before it’s where I want it to be. This is SO exciting. I’m amazed at […]


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