Book Reviews of Here If You Need Me: A True Story

Here If You Need Me: A True Story
Here If You Need Me A True Story
Author: Kate Braestrup
ISBN-13: 9780316066303
ISBN-10: 0316066303
Publication Date: 8/1/2007
Pages: 224
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 61 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 14
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.

Highly recommended.
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Helpful Score: 8
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.
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Helpful Score: 7
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.
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Helpful Score: 5
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
Kate Braestrup grew up as a member of an athiest family, but started embracing religion and spirituality after she married. Her husband, a Maine trooper, frequently talked about going to seminary and becoming a minister. After her husband was killed in a car accident, Kate decided to go to the seminary instead. Kate's original intention (as had been her late husband's intention) was to become a chaplain working with the Maine police. But she ended up working as a chaplain to Maine's game wardens.

Like me, you may be asking why game wardens would need a chaplain. Were they just going to pray for the animals? But as it turns out, there is a real need for the chaplain. Like my home state (Minnesota), parts of Maine are heavily forested, with plenty of hikers, hunters, campers and fishermen - and even families just there for a picnic. If someone doesn't come home when expected, the game wardens get a call and a search is initiated. Kate gets a call also. She's there to be with the families and support the wardens and the searchers - whatever the outcome.

If you think this book is going to be preachy because it is written by a minister, you would be wrong. Kate is a Unitarian-Universalist minister, which is a liberal religion. This book is much more about spiruality than religion. I loved Kate's attitude toward life - and death.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Great book, well written. Much of it common sense - so missing in today's world! I didn't want to put it down.
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This is the author's true account of what led her into the ministry. Her husband, a state trooper in Maine, always dreamed of entering the ministry "one day". After his unexpected death, as a way to cope with her grief, she decided to take his place in seminary school and eventually became chaplain for search and rescue teams in the Maine woods. It is the perfect venue to explore her core theme of where is God in the midst of tradgedy?

Her story alters between her home life (she and her 4 young children struggling to come to terms with their loss, anecdotes funny and sad) and her work life (which also ranges from happy to sad: wandering-off children found alive and well, or retrieving the corpses of suicides and accidents--and counseling the loved ones through all). I especially appreciated her realization that, of course, she would always miss and mourn for her lost husband, but that in truth, her "second life" as a chaplain led her to friends and experiences (and a very purposeful and rewarding life) she would never have had should he have lived. That is powerful in its simplicity.

Her writing is tender and wry and very engrossing. I am glad I picked this one up.

***1/2 Three and a half stars!
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Very good book. I enjoyed reading it.
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I really enjoyed this book. Listening to it, read by author, gave the words additional meaning. Poetic, funny, sad, and always, just real. I found myself listening to each CD twice, because I would get lost in thought over a particular passage. I highly recommend, though for some who have recently suffered a loss, it might be too much.
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Wonderful writing..........very moving.
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Fabulous book. This is an author whom I would be so pleased to meet. She is truly a woman of substance.
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Kate is a widow in the state of Maine. After her husband was killed in a car accident whe becomes a minister (which was his dream). She becomes a chaplain to search and rescue workers. This is her story on finding God and love. The stories are not sequential but it doesn't change her message.
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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.
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Kate Braestrup has written a very real and sometimes funny look at grief and healing. Her way through the pain was becoming a chaplain to search-and-rescue teams. She is honest about her faith and sometimes lack of ability to comfort. WOW! The honesty with which she wrote this book is moving.
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My book group read this book. It's interesting. A woman becomes a clergy member, mostly because her husband had wanted to. He dies in an accident, and she takes over his life. That part seems sad to me, but it doesn't to her, and it's her life. She likes what she does. She helps people who have lost a friend or loved one in the woods or in nature, and they are waiting for people who are searching for them. She is there for them, and isn't pushy about religion. She is also there for the rescue workers. That is her job. She seems to be an interesting person with a nice vocabulary.
The book was fun to read, but not all that inspiring. It was very matter of fact.
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It was very good. I thoroughly enjoyed it./
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I loved this book. I'm usually not a big fan of authors reading their own books, but I can't imagine this one being as wonderful or touching in someone else's voice. kate Braestrup is someone you will want to invite in for coffee - she has a wonderful gift of turning life into a well-told story. Her approach is very spiritual and loving without being preachy and over bearing. I have a better understanding of what chaplains within the law enforcement community do, and I have a found a voice that speaks to my soul with comfort, humor, and sincerity. I only wish I could ask her over for a chat and coffee! Do yourself a favor and give this book a listen.
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Really enjoyed reading this!
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This is a true story and it has a lot of heart. But there are some REAL tough spots and being a true stroy just makes it rougher.
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The support that Kate received from her kids and the humor with which she dealt with the every day workload is incredible. She lost her husband, had 4 children to raise and never was negative about her situation. Very inspiring woman, would love to read more by her.