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Benay Nordby Talks About Breaking Free from Depression in the Final Decades of the 20th Century

The author looks back fifty years to recall painful events of her life and heal from depression.

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“[Nordby’s book] is filled with heartbreak but also with amazing strength, courage, humor, and love of family.” – Cyn P., Amazon Customer

Benay Nordby recalls her life events and takes the readers back fifty years while breaking herself free from depression in her memoir, “The Full Ripened Grain: A Memoir of Healing and Hope.”

A successful baby boomer, wife, and mother finds herself depressed for no apparent reason. When her husband says, “I want my wife back!” the author tries to find herself by delving into years of personal journals.

In “The Full Ripened Grain,” the author allows her readers a glimpse of her life with its blessings and strife. Tourette syndrome presents itself in childhood and is finally diagnosed at age 38. Her mother becomes a victim of medical malpractice, leaving her in a vegetative state for 20 years. Her father has a secret life that leads to her parents’ divorce. She also strives to get through the pain from the untimely death of her beloved sister.

Depression is a psychological condition that makes an individual feel down, finding it hard to function. Nordby reexamines an otherwise happy lifetime to break free from the hold of her condition, which included therapy and a deep faith.

The author uses Scriptures and quotes to remind her that she is healing rather than destroying herself by looking back into the painful details of her life. Her book offers inspiration to people who are also seeking healing and hope from life stories.

Readers can get a copy of Benay Nordby’s “The Full Ripened Grain: A Memoir of Healing and Hope” on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It can also be ordered from independent bookstores.

Check out to learn more about the author and her works.

Benay Nordby was born in 1950 in Meridian, Mississippi and migrated to CA in 1952 with her parents and two sisters. She was raised in suburban LA County, attending public schools, and earning a BA in Communications at Cal State University, Fullerton. She married Lynn Karl Nordby on July 31, 1971. The young couple migrated to Washington State in 1973 where they celebrated 51 years of marriage and raised two sons and a daughter. They have two grandchildren.

Benay worked as a reporter and news editor for a weekly, The Enumclaw Courier-Herald, for ten years. She was appointed by then Governor Dixie Lee Ray to the Board of Trustees of Green River College in 1977 at the age of 26, the youngest to receive that honor. She served three governors, for 14 years on the 5-person board, lobbying on behalf of community colleges in Olympia and Washington, D.C. In 2012 a walkway, Nordby Way, was named for her on the campus in Auburn, WA.

Lynn’s job as a city administrator took them to Bainbridge Island, WA in 1991, where they raised their children. Benay is a community volunteer in the performing arts and her Lutheran ELCA congregation. She is a singer, writer, reader, and a foodie.

“The Full Ripened Grain: A Memoir of Healing and Hope”
Author| Benay Nordby
Genre| Memoir
Publisher| Balboa Press
Published Date| September 14, 2018

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