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Here If You Need Me: A True Story

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ISBN13: 9780316066303
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"'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.)"

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"Kate Braestrup's 'Here if You Need Me' can be read as a superbly crafted memoir of love, loss, grief, hope and the complex subtleties of faith. Or it can be read as the journey of a strong-minded, warmhearted woman through tragedy to grace.

Her story begins a decade ago with a devastating loss. Her husband, Drew, a Maine state trooper who had considered training for the ministry,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Moving, clever, and funny; highly recommended." Library Journal

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"[A] comforting book....Braestrup has fulfilled her mission to tell her — and her husband's — unusual story in a loving and captivating way." USA Today

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"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." Christian Science Monitor

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"[An] honest, endearing account of a life rerouted after devastating loss." Seattle Times

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"Love story, theological reflections, heartwarming family yarns and more all intersect under Braestrup's nurturing hand." Rocky Mountain News

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"[A] superbly crafted memoir of love, loss, grief, hope and the complex subtleties of faith." Washington Post

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About the Author

Braestrup's novel Onion was published by Viking in 1990, and she has since published a series of magazine articles in Mademoiselle, Ms., City Paper, Hope and Law and Order. She lives in Maine.

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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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316066303
Subtitle:
A True Story
Author:
Braestrup, Kate
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Widows
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Braestrup, Kate
Copyright:
Publication Date:
August 2007
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
211
Dimensions:
8.54x5.84x.84 in. .79 lbs.

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Product details 211 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316066303 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'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.)"
"Review" by , "Moving, clever, and funny; highly recommended."
"Review" by , "[A] comforting book....Braestrup has fulfilled her mission to tell her — and her husband's — unusual story in a loving and captivating way."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "[An] honest, endearing account of a life rerouted after devastating loss."
"Review" by , "Love story, theological reflections, heartwarming family yarns and more all intersect under Braestrup's nurturing hand."
"Review" by , "[A] superbly crafted memoir of love, loss, grief, hope and the complex subtleties of faith."
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