Life is not without suffering, but suffering is not without hope.
Have you ever felt the tension of loving Jesus while living with anxiety, depression, trauma, or chronic illness? If so, you’re in the right place, and you’re not alone.
God tells us in His Word that we are chosen, beloved, and divinely crafted to do good works. But fear can send us into a shame spiral where we feel like too much, not enough, and beyond repair. So how do we grab hold of the freedom Jesus offers us when we feel like a prisoner in our own body?
In I’m Such a Messterpiece, Andrea M. Nyberg shares her struggles in hopes of bringing awareness and solidarity to others who are facing a crisis of faith, identity, and mental health. With tools from her time in therapy and insight from Scripture, Andrea invites us into the deep work of being renewed, restored, and rebuilt—just as it says in Isaiah 61.
This book is an invitation to (re)frame the fears that hold us captive by considering that pain and hope can hold hands, a mess can still be a masterpiece, and the God who created us will be with us, will strengthen us, and will love us no matter what.
Birthed from her own journey, Andrea offers solidarity in the struggles, prayers for the battle, and tangible tools to (re)frame our mindset. Even in the middle of the mess.
A must read! Andrea keeps it raw and real as she takes us through the real-life issues of mental health. Her beautiful story of redemption points us to hope. She encourages us to be honest about our struggles and reminds us that Jesus will love us no matter what.
Ashley Henriott, Tik Tok mom, coach, and podcast host of Confidence and Coffee
Andrea Nyberg skillfully draws her reader into her story of a life that is hard and sometimes messy. Like a warm blanket for those caught in the cold reality of their own mess, Andrea’s words bring hope. As someone who has struggled with the shame of depression as a Christian, I think this book is invaluable.
Debbie Alsdorf, Author of It’s Momplicated, Deeper, and The Faith Dare
The church has long encouraged the integration of our emotional and physical health, even in the midst of sickness and suffering, alongside our spiritual health as a means for flourishing. However, we’ve not often taken this same view of mental health. In fact, we’ve often pushed mental health to the side or largely ignored it. That is why I’m Such A Messterpiece is such a welcome book, because it walks us through how to integrate our mental health alongside our emotional, physical, and spiritual health so that we can flourish as followers of Jesus without having to leave any part of us behind or neglected. I believe Andrea’s offering will serve the church well for years to come!
Chris Wilson, Lead Pastor/Planter of Restoration Church
Dealing with mental struggles in a Christian context has often been restrictive and can be more weighty than helpful. Andrea graciously invites the reader into her struggles with anxiety and depression as well as everyday mental battles in a way that breaks down the isolating shame these feelings bring. Then she gives many tools, along with reminders of Godly truths, to help silence the lies. Read this book as fast or slow as you’d like, but be sure to slowly, reflectively, work through the applications she gives.
Drew Froese, Lead Pastor of Real Life Christian Church and author of Faith Full: A Practical Guide For FULLY Living Out Your Faith
With insight from her new book, Andrea empowers women to shatter stigmas, (re)frame fear, and find themselves fully loved—even when they feel like a mess.
Each woman will walk away with:
* We can stay in the “shallow end of the pool” or dive deep. I’ve done a “Stand Up for Your Sister” activity that’s very powerful.
“When you hear Andrea speak, two things are evident: she loves Jesus and she loves the people to whom she is speaking. She shares her story in a way that’s relatable and encouraging. I walked away from her talk feeling seen, understood, and empowered to reframe challenging parts of my life. She is a generous speaker, sure to bless your group.” -Frances T.
“Andrea spoke at our Mops group. She was vibrant, funny, and ever so relatable. She spoke from her heart and connected with us. Her message was encouraging and inspiring. Andrea also took the time to get to know and mingle with our moms before and after. I highly recommend Andrea as a speaker at any event.” -Beth L.
“Andrea gives lively messages that challenge and embolden listeners to live in the freedom for which they were created. Her talks are thought-provoking, funny and wise. Wherever you are on your journey, Andrea’s words will bring hope and point to you toward Jesus.” -Lindsey S.
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Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, I grew up with a strong appreciation for Elvis, BBQ, and the Civil Rights Movement. Though I don’t have much of a twang when I talk, I have strong Southern tendencies like waving to neighbors from the car, saying yes ma’am, and talking to strangers in the check out line.
I married my seminary sweetheart, and we planted roots in San Jose, California where my hubby teaches math at a local private school. He is logic, I am emotion, but we are both stubborn. We have two kids (ages 11 and 9) who teach about the love of Jesus and the need for Jesus every day.
Most days I’m carpooling kids around town and avoiding the dishes in the sink. Some days, I’m photographing local families and business owners. Other days, I write and speak to women and students who love Jesus but struggle with anxiety, depression, and self-sabotage.
My happy place is a local bookstore, coffee shop, or boutique downtown shop. I love anything unique and artsy, and I crave the symphony only a redwood forest can play.
My sister and I are extras in the major motion picture Walk the Line. If you tune in at 1 hour 13 minutes, you’ll spot me in the crowd clapping away during the outdoor concert scene.
Pictured is the screenshot my husband shares with his students at the beginning of the year 😉
As a little girl, I desperately wanted to be on Star Search and become the next diva to top the charts! Singing was my first love and continues to be a source of joy as I serve on the worship team at my church. I am featured on the worship album, In All of My Living, with Bay Marin Community Church.
Fun Fact #3
I’m an Ambivert. Have you heard of this? It’s a combination of Introvert and Extrovert. I’ve found the best way to describe is that I love to be with people, but I need a nap afterwards!