The most significant story about faith was about her realization that she hadn't had a religious epiphany, that her scientific faith had not been taken from her by an involuntary mystical experience.
I liked that. I appreciate stories where love and humanity are marks of the Divine. Her journey is not road-to-Emmaeus, although it is full of roads. Read this if: you wish people of faith were more humble, if you want a non-Jodi-Picoult view of widowhood, if you've never thought about who fishes unlucky snowmobilers out of the water Do not read: without a sufficient supply of kleenex, if your faith is threatened by a chaplain who doesn't believe in an afterlife, if you can't handle people dying Aug 23, Cory rated it it was amazing.
This book is exquisite. I've veered away from organized religion in the past five years or so, and ordinarily the story of a woman becoming a chaplain and the work that she does would give me the heebie-jeebies.
However, Braestrup's stories of finding divinity and love and peace and salvation in the mundane, and the unique way she has of looking at the work of the Maine Game Wardens is fascinating and moving.
If I had access to a chaplain like Kate Braestrup, I'd probably be more religious. Also This book is exquisite. Also, those who follow my reading exploits know that I'm new to the whole audiobook thing, and this is the first book where I found the listening to be a boon, and not just a format change.
Read by Braestrup herself, you really get a sense of the tenderness that she brings to all the things she does. And her gorgeous use of the language is "amplified" when read aloud. Feb 05, Perri rated it really liked it. A beautiful testimony in grace. Braesrtop lost her husband in a car accident, then decided to fulfill her husband's dream to become a minister.
She became the Chaplain of the Maine Warden system. I never knew that was a thing-also Chaplains to assist Police work. It makes sense, actually-when people are dealing with such stressful situations, there's a person focused on their needs-spiritual if need be, but also just being present and listening.
Braestrop shares heart breaking stories of search A beautiful testimony in grace. Braestrop shares heart breaking stories of search and rescues, and telling next-of-kin news of their loved one's demise. Although grim, there's also humor, and a very open description of her spiritual journey that's a joy to read.
Jul 12, Nima Morgan rated it it was amazing. A warm hearted read, like having a conversation with an old friend that you haven't seen in a while. It will make you cry, laugh, and feel comforted at the end. May 07, Amber Spencer rated it it was amazing.
I did not know what to expect from this book, and even starting it had me wondering why I picked this up, but I loved this book about loss, death, love, hope, and connection. What a lovely book that has stayed on my mind for the past few days. Oct 01, Deirdre Keating rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: anyone with an open mind. Shelves: audio-read. ETA: Have since read several times, and still love it passionately. Great book. I personally want to make the HBO series of it: You can subtract at least one star just knowing this was probably a case of "right book at the right time" for me.
Also I haven't really read it yetI was listening to it on CD. I wondered if it would be engaging enough to keep me awake for my solo roadtrip to Flagstaff.
I lik ETA: Have since read several times, and still love it passionately. I liked the first hour or so on the way there, but LOVED it on the long drive home, especially after taking the wrong turn onto and ended up deep into Navajo Country with no road signs anywhere, especially after the guy I stopped to ask directions from tried to get in my car So now I want to actually read it.
The past few weeks have dealt with so many of the big questions Braestrup's work and life deal with I love how she finds the philosophical puzzle much less engaging than the practical, "What do we do now?
I would describe the book overall as a love letter to the men and women of the Maine game wardens with whom she works, and to her late husband. I had no real idea of the work they do, and am in awe of it now.
I can imagine the film version, because her work supplies the drama and suspence, and her humor and perspective give them meaning. Sep 29, Lauren rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. What a powerful book. This has been on my to-read list for over a year, so I tore through it in one plane flight and have been mentally chewing on it ever since. Braestrup's life provides ample drama to move the narrative forward I won't spoil the story other than to say that it starts with the death of her husband, and follows her unique decision to move on with her life as a minister to search-and-rescue workers , but it's her humble meditations on spirituality that are the most memorable par What a powerful book.
Braestrup's life provides ample drama to move the narrative forward I won't spoil the story other than to say that it starts with the death of her husband, and follows her unique decision to move on with her life as a minister to search-and-rescue workers , but it's her humble meditations on spirituality that are the most memorable parts of the book.
She tackles some of life's biggest questions for those of us with any religious inklings: does God have "a plan" for us, and if so, how do you reconcile a plan that involves devastating loss? What if everything that happens to us is random, and God is truly, only found in our reactions to these challenges?
I found it to be a quick but memorable read - I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in investigating their own views on spirituality and love. Nov 23, Margaret rated it it was amazing Shelves: book-club. I loved this book. It is a true story written by a widow who decides to become a Unitarian minister and work as a chaplain for Maine's game warden service. She writes about grief, love, commitment and hope as it interwines with search and rescue missions, death notifications and simple ceremonial invocations.
I am touched by her view on faith which is surely tested in her work in which evil and bad luck are frequent visitors. When a dead child's body is pulled from an icy lake, we all ask, Where I loved this book. When a dead child's body is pulled from an icy lake, we all ask, Where is God in this? Her response The love of the game warden who rescued the child, the love of the community who supported the grief stricken mother.
This book is a gentle meditation on many topics I hold dear. Good job Kate Braestrup! Nov 13, Laura rated it it was amazing. I started this book one month after my sister died and found at that time that my grief was too raw to be able to handle this true story. Three months after her passing, I am still grieving, but this week I was able to finish the book and I found it comforting, moving, and hopeful. The book gave me some perspectives about life and death, and some glimpses of insight about how I might someday again live joyfully in a world that randomly inflicts hurt and pain.
In terms of spiritual belief, the au I started this book one month after my sister died and found at that time that my grief was too raw to be able to handle this true story. Overall this was a highly uplifting read and I recommend it. Apr 10, Elle rated it liked it Shelves: memoir. So far it's a bit morbid and off-beat, but it is holding my interest. Otherwise, it is a quick read. It is not a 'sun-shiny' read. It is about Ms.
Braestrup losing her husband, becoming a Unitarian Universalist minister and becoming a Maine Warden chaplain. A child lost in the Maine woods, a couple who goes off a waterfall, a child trapped under the ice, and more. I usually read more 'sun-shiny' books. I had found a small review of this in a magazine and had put it on my TBR to-be-read list. It was eye opening and gave me a new appreciation for people who do this kind of work.
Shelves: non-fiction-adult , book-suggestions. Danica recommended this to me during a couple of our random conversations. I like Park Ranger or, in this case, game warden stories, I'm lost in ambiguity about my spirituality, and I'm a bit of a nature nerd. But really, I think we were discussing loss the second time the book came up. I finally put it on hold. By the book description you might think this is going to be an emotionally difficult read.
It does have some heart wrenching moments, of course, but this is not the overall tone of the Danica recommended this to me during a couple of our random conversations. It does have some heart wrenching moments, of course, but this is not the overall tone of the book.
Those moments are balanced with gentle humor and some downright "involuntarily snort while reading" funny moments. I really enjoyed it. She has a level-headed, affable voice in her writing and balances difficult emotions with humor. Her kids' nicknames alone cinched it for me. I finished it wanting to recommend it to others and give the book as a gift to a couple folks. I don't think I could really pay a higher compliment than that.
I surprised myself by liking this so much. Braestrup is such a genuine, tolerant and funny person. Her husband's death is so sad, her stories of seminary are hilarious especially her brother's reactions , and I loved her children please can I have a child like Woolie and named thus? I was actually almost fascinated by her chaplain work and developed a lot of respect for the universalist-unitarian church.
I would like to know how Braestrup is paid, and if she isn't, how she manages to live bu I surprised myself by liking this so much.
I would like to know how Braestrup is paid, and if she isn't, how she manages to live but that's just curiosity given the neverending budgetary crisis Maine is always in not to mention the constitution with respect to funding. I listened to the audio version and I loved listening to Kate Braestrup read me her own story. Mar 29, David rated it it was amazing. She works as a chaplain for game wardens in Maine, ministering to both the wardens and the people they help.
The main activity, and the source of action in the book, is search-and-rescue missions for kids who have gotten lost, ice fisherpeople who fall through the ice, etc. Mostly it's about her grieving for her husband, raising 4 kids as a single mom who remarries just before t excellent book by a woman who retooled as a Unitarian Universalist minister after her husband died in an auto accident. Mostly it's about her grieving for her husband, raising 4 kids as a single mom who remarries just before the end of the book, thoughts on death and God and afterlife.
Sometimes funny, very moving. Great read. Nov 06, Loni rated it really liked it. This book is one of those rare finds that really hooks it's way into and sticks for good. It's a woman's reflection on her life of being a widow, a mother of four and a Unitarian minister who works with Game Wardens. When people are lost she's there for the family. It's just really inspiring on a very basic level.
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