Kelley, December 10, 2008 (view all comments by Kelley)
This book is amazingly well written. If you have the chance to listen to the audio-book version, do so--it is read by the author and that adds another layer of meaning. It has a lovely mix of personal history, religious philosophy and a little behind-the-scenes stories about the warden service. I highly recommend it.
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lmcgee, May 22, 2008 (view all comments by lmcgee)
This is the heart-warming story of Kate Braestrup, who is the chaplain for the Maine Warden Service. The one quote from the book that sums it all up is:
"...I have a job that mostly requires me to just show up, shut my mouth, and be."
This is the essence of what Kate does so well and what we all should do when someone is in need. God bless you, Kate, for what you do.
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Cathy from Olympia, Washington, February 29, 2008 (view all comments by Cathy from Olympia, Washington)
Kate grew up not attending church. Her one experience as a teenager with a friend at a mega-church left her even more firmly on the non-believing side. Fast forward to adulthood, widowhood, and "chaplainhood." When search parties are sent out in Maine, Kate is called, just to be there and offer support for the families whose loved ones are missing. Sometimes the outcome is good (a child is found, tired but safe), sometimes bad-- a drowning victim. In this memoir, Kate shares her experiences as a mother, widow, and chaplain, and above all her presence and quiet faith.
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bstolzen, November 4, 2007 (view all comments by bstolzen)
Considering gifts to match the interests of my immediate family and extended family continues to challenge me each holiday season. This year my quest is a gift book to match the interest and reading style of each person. Ms. Braestrup's book is clearly a winner! Mothers of all ages will appreciate the resilience of a woman who, after the tragic loss of a life partner, goes on to take up his dream ministering to those hoping for the best but fearing and sometimes having to accept the worst. Fathers will find the stories gripping as Braestrup leads them through the intricate details covering each case set in the rugged outdoors and they will relate to the angst, despair and sometimes joy the families experience. Teens will be fascinated by the in-depth details of search and rescue and police investigation as well as insight into a family's anguish when a child or parent is missing. All will be enriched by the message that even as terrible things happen we may find solace in our faith.
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BKWOMYN12, November 1, 2007 (view all comments by BKWOMYN12)
This well written, articulate, thought-provoking story of a middle-aged woman bravely facing life is a moving tribute to love in all its forms. I couldn't put it down.
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Little Brown and Company -
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"'It may take ingenuity to interest browsers in a memoir by a middle-aged mother who, 11 years ago, was suddenly widowed, then became a Unitarian-Universalist minister, and now works as chaplain to game wardens in Maine. But good memoir writing does not depend on celebrity or adventure — who'd have thought that a self-confessed recovering neurotic like Anne Lamott or a monastically inclined poet like Kathleen Norris would make it big? — and Braestrup's insightful essays are extraordinarily well written, mingling elements of police procedural and touching love story with trenchant observations about life and death. Alert to comic detail even in grisly circumstances (bears, for example, like to play ball with human skulls), she tells stories of lost children, a suicide, drunken accidents and a murder, always with compassion and a concern for the big questions inescapably provoked by tragic events. 'Why did Dad die?' her children ask, and her response describes not only her theology but also her reason for being a chaplain: 'Nowhere in scripture does it say 'God is a car accident' or 'God is death.' God is justice and kindness, mercy, and always — always — love. So if you want to know where God is in this or in anything, look for love.'' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
by Library Journal,
"Moving, clever, and funny; highly recommended."
by USA Today,
"[A] comforting book....Braestrup has fulfilled her mission to tell her — and her husband's — unusual story in a loving and captivating way."
by Christian Science Monitor,
"It's a must-read for any parent who has tried to answer a child's hard questions or for anyone who has struggled to find meaning. Best of all, this remarkable true story is told with uncommon candor, grace and humor."
by Seattle Times,
"[An] honest, endearing account of a life rerouted after devastating loss."
by Rocky Mountain News,
"Love story, theological reflections, heartwarming family yarns and more all intersect under Braestrup's nurturing hand."
by Washington Post,
"[A] superbly crafted memoir of love, loss, grief, hope and the complex subtleties of faith."
HERE IF YOU NEED ME is the story Kate Braestrup's remarkable journey from grief to faith to happiness - as she holds her family together in the wake of her husband's death, pursues his dream of becoming a minister, and ultimately finds her calling as a chaplain to search-and-rescue workers. It is dramatic, funny, deeply moving, and simply unforgettable--an uplifting account offinding God through helping others, and of the small miracles that happen every day when a heart is grateful and love isrestored.
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