The author is a widow with four children, and after her husband's death, she became a Unitarian Universalist minister and chaplain to Maine wildlife officers. The book is a series of stories bound lightly by her understanding of God, which she explains with an alternate selection of the Greek work "logos" which is usually translated as "word." Her alternate version of John 1:1 is "In the beginning was the story, and the story was with God, and the story was God."
This isn't a preachy book; she is not pushing her agenda or her beliefs upon you. She simply answers, with honesty and not a little humor, two questions: What on earth would the wildlife officers of Maine need a chaplain for? Where is God in the midst of unbearable tragedy?
Where do we find God in these stories of tragedy? In the love. She asks you to find the love in the tragedy and to throw yourself into the arms of the love, for the love will surely catch you.
This book gripped me from the first page, and held me through the entire book. It reads more like a set of short stories, where in each one she remembers an incident she worked on and ties her personal faith into the discussion. The crux, where is God in the midst of human tragedy? Some stories will lift you up, others will bring tremendous sadness, but what you will feel is how she helps people, most of the time by simply being there.
Between her discussions of faith without being preachy and the fascinating look into the work of Game Wardens, it quickly became a favorite non-fiction read for me. I highly recommend this book.
Funny and sad. Braestrup is a woman I would like to know and have as a friend. A widow at a young age with children, she follows her late husband's dream of becoming a chaplain by actually becoming one herself. She heals her sorrow by helping others. A great book.
This was a really great read! Although not outwardly religious, I find it exciting to read about those who live their lives trying to follow God's plan. For Ms. Braestrup, that involves working as the chaplain for a group of Wildlife Search and Rescue Operatives.
This book isn't just about religion -- it's about the author's desire to both follow her heart and honor her deceased husband's dream, and about helping others in the only way she knew how.
Very encouraging and uplifting, this is basically just an all-around good read.
I have had this book on my wish list for some time and came across an audio copy. Excellent. It gave me a look into some careers I never knew anything about -- game wardens and game warden chaplains. The stories are of people and nature are genuine and touch the heart throughout. It's a look at motherhood through the eyes of someone you would expect to always do it "right" but like all of us, makes mistakes. I really enjoyed it and plan to put it at the top of my gift idea list for others as well.