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Marriage and Other Acts of Charity: A Memoir Paperback – January 10, 2011
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In this breezy, soft-pedaling exercise in spiritual empowerment, Braestrup (Here If You Need Me) shares some of her hard-won marital wisdom. As an ordained minister, Braestrup counsels couples to love and cherish one another, even in the face of a 50% divorce rate, and asserts that of the three kinds of love known in ancient biblical Greek—eros, philos, and agape—the greatest is the last. Translated into Latin as charitas, agape is the generous, selfless love given unconditionally and best mimics the nature of God's love. Braestrup traces her own call to the ministry to the aftermath of the shocking sudden death of her policeman husband, Drew, killed in a car accident in 1996, when her family and friends rallied around her and the couple's four children with abundant love and care. She reveals that not long before his death, the couple had suffered a marital crisis and sought counseling for what the author considered clearly Drew's incurable character disorder; however, she was jolted from the brink by the thought of their losing each other. Employing examples of the couples she knows, such as game warden Jeremy Judd and his betrothed, town dispatcher Melanie, who sought the author's advice as they embarked on their marriage, as well as a soon-to-be-divorced couple, Jesse and Georgiana, Braestrup offers grains of folksy, charitable wisdom. She is comfortable discussing death (One hundred percent of marriages end), declaring that the only recourse is Jesus' message: Love more. (Jan.)
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"Braestrup's narration...is filled with the same comfort she offers those she ministers to. Her friendly, easygoing northeastern-accented voice is instantly soothing....Her reading has an often prayerful cadence, though she goes easy on Bible quotation and her discussions of theological issues are so wise and well-thought-out that even the nonreligious won't be put off." (Publishers Weekly (starred review) ) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Braestrup is refreshingly open, boiling essential truths down to everyday language in witty and often humorous ways. Her no-nonsense approach to life, death, faith and love is contagious and inspiring.
I heartily recommend this book!
Braestrup has a way of looking at the world that reminds me of a more melancholy version of Robert Fulghum. Braestrup, however, is poetic in her strategy and sees and approaches the world not with optimism but with tender grace. I like her way of being in the world and her writing about that way is both entertaining and meaningful. Braestrup sees the way humor and holiness can live side by side in the simplist of moments and then draws this out in ways that deepen the reader.
Braestrup has that unique ability to grab my heart, broaden my imagination, and cause me to laugh out loud; often in the same sentence. I value and respect writers who can bring a new lens through which to look at the world. Call it quirky, call it odd; one might even call it prophetic.
In Here if you need me, she wove her story around her call as a chaplain and grieving widow. In Marriage and Other Acts of Charity, she weaves her story around relationships. I treasure this creative writer and treasure this "next step" beyond Here if You Need Me. Braestrup's book is a solid, funny, light and yet immensely meaningful read. I have been heartily recommending this book to my closest friends.
This is also the second book I have read on the Kindle. I still don't have a clue how to look up various points of interest or how to make notes about what I have read, but this book would definitely be the type of book I would look back on for reflection and thought.