Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup
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Ten years ago, 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 minister herself. And in that capacity she found a most unusual mission: serving as the minister on search and rescue missions in the Maine woods, giving comfort to people whose loved ones are missing, and to the wardens who sometimes have to deal with awful outcomes. Whether she is with the parents of a 6-year-old girl who had wandered into the woods, with wardens as they search for a snowmobile rider trapped under the ice, or assisting a man whose sister left an infant seat and a suicide note in her car by the side of the road, Braestrup provides solace, understanding, and spiritual guidance when it's needed most.

HERE IF YOU NEED ME is the story of Kate Braestrup's remarkable journey from grief to faith to happiness. It is dramatic, funny, deeply moving, and simply unforgettable, an uplifting account about finding God through helping others, and the tale of the small miracles that occur every day when life and love are restored.

About Kate Braestrup

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Kate Braestrup is one of the first chaplains ever appointed to the Maine Warden Service. She is the author of a novel, Onion, and has written for Mademoiselle, Ms., City Paper, Hope, and Law and Order. She in lives in Maine with her husband, Simon van der Ven, and their six children.
Published August 1, 2007 by Little, Brown and Company. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Though they gently taunted her with such nicknames as “Holy Mother” and “Your Holiness,” the wardens seemed to enjoy having Braestrup along and to value her presence.

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“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.

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When Kate Braestrup’s husband, Drew, a police officer, died suddenly in a traffic accident, he had been planning to enter the ministry.

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Book Reporter

When an out-of-control vehicle took the life of Drew, her Maine state trooper husband, Kate Braestrup's life also headed in a wildly different direction.

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Entertainment Weekly

''I know that I live in a crass and boorish culture, a culture of shock jocks and road rage, 'reality' television and thong underwear, corruption and consumerism, mean porn and meaner theology,'' writes Kate Braestrup in her incandescent new memoir, Here If You Need Me.

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USA Today

Here If You Need Me is a comforting book, although the beginnings of Kate Braestrup's memoir are anything but.Eleven years ago, Braestrup and her husband, Drew Griffith, an unconventional state trooper who wore an earring and wrote poetry, were living in Maine with their four children.

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Knowing that I am very active in my Unitarian church, my therapist mentioned one day that she had heard a female Unitarian chaplain, Kate Braestrup, interviewed recently on NPR.

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