Here if you need me
by Kate Braestrup









Here if you need me
by Kate Braestrup

Alternative Titles
Here if you need me: a true story

Summary
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.

Biographee
NameBraestrup, Kate
GenderFemale
OccupationMinister
AttributesWidow
Mother
Story of her remarkable journey from grief to faith to happiness; uplifting account about finding God through helping others


Genre
NonFiction
Religious
Memoir

Topics
Widow
Family tragedy
Death of a spouse
Christian life
Grief
Death and dying
Ministers
Search and rescue

Setting
Maine -- New England (U.S.)
United States

Time Period
1990s-2000s -- 20th-21st century





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.





Braestrup (Onion) inherited her state trooper husband's life story when he died in a highway accident, as well as his dream of becoming a Unitarian minister. She herself became one, working as a chaplain for the Maine Game Warden Service, which conducts search-and-rescue operations when people go missing in the wilderness. She weaves many strands into her story - her grief, her husband, her four children, seminary school, her job as chaplain, and stories from the field working with the wardens against a backdrop of the Maine outdoors. She has a simple but deep faith: God is love. Here is a practical theology rooted in service to others, and her presence is a comfort to both the wardens and the families of the people for whom she searches during times of tragedy and loss. Missing children and hikers; victims of hunting, boating, and ice accidents; crime and suicide victims; and all those who search for them - these are the stories told, stories in which hope and grief are two sides of the same coin, dependent on the outcome. Moving, clever, and funny; highly recommended for all public libraries.-Nancy Almand, Mesa Coll. Lib, San Diego (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.





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." (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved





Braestrup was an accidental chaplain. Her husband, Drew, a Maine state trooper, died in a car accident at a time when he was considering a second career as an ordained minister. After her shock subsided, Braestrup decided to follow in his footsteps and became a chaplain for the Maine Warden Service, which sets up search-and-rescue missions throughout the state. Practical, unsentimental, straightforward, she is the kind of person who considers a book entitled Death to Dust: What Happens to Dead Bodies? a romantic gift (Drew's to her on her thirty-first birthday). She, not the mortician, bathed and dressed Drew's body. She witnessed its cremation. And, rather anomalously, she, a middle-aged mother of four, works mostly with young men. Her own remarkable story encompasses those of the men and women who work alongside her, incorporating many touching anecdotes, none more moving than that of the state police detective, a breast-feeding mother whose last name is Love, who arrests a sexual predator for a young woman's murder. A poignant, funny book by a sympathetic, likable, immensely appealing figure.--Sawyers, June Copyright 2007 Booklist






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