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Here If You Need Me: A True Story Paperback – Bargain Price, July 2, 2008
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However this book isn't, as I had first thought, simply full of anecdotes of Kate's involvement with search and rescue attempts. Oh no, it is much, much more than that. There, are plenty of interesting anecdotes that's for sure but it is a story of Kate's life as a single mother, as a spiritual woman, as a spiritual leader, and as a caring human being. It is a book full of the essays of a talented writer giving her take on life, death, and heaven, all in a gentle way where it is easy to imagine the skill in which she is able to minister to those in need. She does so without judging anyone be they a fundamentalist, atheist, agnostic, or of any other belief.
There is the story of a young suicide victim whose brother she counsels and consoles as he is worried she will be unable to have a Christian burial because of the way she died, there is the story of the parents Kate spends the night consoling with after their daughter goes missing, answering the atheist mother who says, "It's so cool that the warden service has a chaplain to keep us from freaking out," by responding,"I'm not really here to keep you from freaking out. I'm here to be with you while you freak out.Read more ›
" 'May you be granted capable and amusing comrades, observant witnesses, and gentle homecomings.
" 'May you be granted respite from what you know of human evil, and refuge from what you must know of human pain.
" 'May God defend the goodness in your hearts.
" 'May God defend the sweetness in your souls.' "
Kate Braestrup's HERE IF YOU NEED ME swoons, sighs, mourns, celebrates, and etches out new patterns of thought. In twenty beautifully written chapters that could be delivered as commencement speeches or sermons, tough-minded, tender-hearted Braestrup shines an examining spotlight into various corners of her life. She suddenly became a widowed mother of four. She studied for and was ordained to the U. U. ministry. She still is the chaplain to the Maine game wardens.
Her vivid, visceral prose grapples with the physical realities of life (and death) on the one hand. On the other, it contemplates tenderly, lovingly, such spiritual subjects as whether an afterlife exists or how suicides should be treated by the church. Freely irreverent, and often funny and pithy, Braestrup arranges glimpses of her various charges: her children, her game wardens, and the public she and the wardens serve with determination and full hearts.
But the author excels best when she unabashedly shares her own individuality. For instance, unease (or even revulsion) vies with admiration in the reader as Braestrup tells of bucking the modern trend of leaving the newly dead to the ministrations of funeral homes.Read more ›
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The author spoke truth in a most poignant manner. As a Law Enforcement Chaplain I could relate to so much of what she wrote about. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Retiree
A must read for anyone in ministry or wanting to know about pastoral care. Chaplaincy is a different than parish work. Read morePublished 2 months ago by trekshel
Kate Braestrup is a gifted writer...I loved her story and wished it could have gone on forever. Reconciling loss and love...so touching.Published 2 months ago by Elaine Love
A wonderfully written story; her writing style captured easily my attention and heart. I also appreciate at the end there are questions offered to talk or think about (either in a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anne
Great read. I had heard a lot about this book before reading it and it lived up to those reviews.Published 3 months ago by Trudy Brockett
The monster that killed the kindergarten teacher was more than likely created because he was not loved enough. You chose not to love him...humm. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David J. Lock
What a lovely book. I recommend this book for counselors, public servants, pastors, and anyone who cares about others.Published 4 months ago by Pat
Recently I stumbled upon a new book called “Anchors & Flares” by author Kate Braestrup, which turns out to be a delightful and touching memoir about “Motherhood, Hope & Service”. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paul Allaer