Here If You Need Me

Here If You Need Me

A True Story

Book - 2007
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Ten years ago, writer Kate Braestrup and her husband Drew were enjoying the life they shared together. They had four young children, and Drew, a Maine state trooper, would soon begin training to become a minister as well. Then early one morning Drew left for work and everything changed. On the very roads that he protected every day, an oncoming driver lost control, and Kate lost her husband. Stunned and grieving, Kate decided to continue her husband's dream and became a Universalist minister herself, and in that capacity she found a most unusual mission: serving as the chaplain on search and rescue missions in the Maine woods, giving comfort to people whose loved ones are missing, and to the game wardens who sometimes have to deal with awful outcomes. This is the story of Braestrup's journey from grief to faith to happiness, an uplifting account about finding God through helping others.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316066303
0316066303
Branch Call Number: 92 BRAESTRUP
B Braestrup
Characteristics: vii, 211 p. ; 22 cm

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latinatopaz
Jun 06, 2016

I appreciated this book from a number of perspectives: woman, mother, spiritual (not religious) being and slice-of-life humor. Ms. Braestrup's writing style is like a fragrant cup of coffee on chilly morning - revelatory, soothing and refreshingly unique. Wonderful insight into the world of police chaplains as well as thoughts on grief, spirituality, God and really being PRESENT.

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usersjc
Sep 20, 2010

This is a painful yet hopeful true story, one that we all hope never to experience. The author has an incredible talent for articulating her thoughts on death, love, God, and many of the other "big questions" in life. Although I adhere to a different faith tradition, I found her take on these questions to be approachable and wise. I have recommended this book to friends of all faiths and none.

P.S. Skip her sequel - very uneven and disappointing.

chib Sep 17, 2009

I really enjoyed this well written book. It deals with loss and coping, and is both humourous and touching. It is a book that makes you think about life, death, faith and spirituality.

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HappyReader
Sep 17, 2009

Oh, I am enjoying htis book. Its an easy read about a woman who is a chaplin for the Maine Warden service. Helping with search and rescue and such. But it is HOW she writes that is such a gem.

Also this is a great book for those who are non-believers or those who question their faith because is not into the faith part of it. She is into the being there, really being there, for others and it is beautiful and refreshing.

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