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Benay Nordby’s “The Full Ripened Grain” Was Displayed at the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

The author recounts the painful and poignant issues in her family as she tries to recover from depression.

San Diego, CA – WEBWIRE

“An inspirational journey of heartbreak, hope, and love.” – Cyn P., Amazon Customer

Benay Nordby’s “The Full Ripened Grain: A Memoir of Healing and Hope” was exhibited at the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which was held at the University of Southern California last April 22-23, 2023.

“The Full Ripened Grain” follows Benay Nordby, a successful baby boomer, wife, and mother. She finds herself deeply depressed for no apparent reason. When her loving husband says, “I want my wife back,” she searches for herself in the pages of thirty years of personal journals. From them, she recollects painful and poignant issues she faced with her family during much of the twentieth century: Tourette syndrome, her mother’s fate as a victim of medical malpractice, her father’s secret life, and the death of a beloved sister. Ultimately, she reps the grains of truth, hope, and joy that God provides on this journey of faith.

Each chapter of the book is introduced in relevant Bible passages that echo Benay’s life experiences. These passages also symbolize that God has always been around despite the stormy journey. Benay accepted the difficult challenges and held on tight to her faith.

The author aims to inspire readers who are also struggling with their lives. Her recollections are shared with honesty, humor, and strength that helps the readers engage well with the memoir. Benay opens herself to give the readers an insight into how she coped with the challenges.

Readers can buy “The Full Ripened Grain: A Memoir of Healing and Hope” by Benay Nordby on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

Author’s Biography

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 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, DC. 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.

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