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Here if you need me : a true story
Kate Braestrup
Adult Nonfiction PS3552.R246 Z46 2007

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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

From Library Journal:

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.

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