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Braestrup’s reading of her memoir about the loss of her husband and how profoundly her life changed is reminiscent of a radio play. The author’s talent for mimicry gives voice to Game Warden Service radio dispatchers, Game Warden colleagues, her four children as they begin to live their lives without their beloved father, a vapid girlfriend of a missing drug dealer, a bereaved wife, a not-so-bereaved brother, and more characters along the way. Listener warning: it helps to have tissues handy as it is possible hear Braestrup’s voice clench and almost break during certain detailed and personal descriptions of her first husband’s unexpected death.
Here If You Need Me also deals with Braestrup’s confrontation with death and with love and miracles as part of her out-of-the-ordinary job. It focuses on the humanity of the individuals in the Maine Game Warden Service who devote their lives to taking care of the outdoors; work that often includes rescues and, sadly, recoveries. The result is thoroughly engaging storytelling with even a few laughs.
More than “just” a memoir, Here If You Need Me serves up a palatable portion of theology, encouraging listeners to give thought to the notion of miracles and where exactly God might be in the midst of tragedy. More than anything else, though, the book is a message of hope: of doors and windows being opened, new chapters beginning, and of love continuing, as always, to grow. Carole Chouinard
In this account of her life and the events of her unusual job - sometimes joyful, sometimes heartbreaking - Braestrup is warm, unsentimental ("No one is immune to the Plucky Widow story!" she acknowledges), and generous. Here If You Need Me is a funny, frank, and deeply moving story of faith and hope.
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By Sarah Nicklin on 04-17-16
I first read this 4 years ago and liked it a lot. Since then, my mother died and I was diagnosed with cancer. Listening to Kate Braestrup read it this time was a new experience, rich with insight I am now able to appreciate differently, with more gratitude. I plan to listen again soon-- savoring the resonating offerings, proffered with such delicious words and gentleness, without shying away from some of what is genuinely hard about living our very human lives.
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By William on 08-25-07
I picked up this book and was thrilled with it, it is a wondderful book that is written in a way you come to understand the suthors veiw and it opens deeper meanings to ponder. I recommend it highly, the book is written by a UU minister, but does not come off preachy it comes off as a book written from the heart.
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