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3.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 5 3.90 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Braestrup Narrator: Kate Braestrup Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781594839306
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When the oldest of Kate Braestrup's four children was ten years old, her husband, a Maine state trooper, was killed in a car accident. Stunned and grieving, she decided to pursue her husband's dream of becoming a Unitarian minister, and eventually began working with the Maine Game Warden Service, which conducts the state's search and rescue operations when people go missing in the wilderness.


Whether she is with parents whose 6-year-old daughter has wandered into the woods, or wardens as they search for a snowmobile rider gone under ice, or a man whose sister left an infant seat and a suicide note in her car by the side of the road, Braestrup provides solace, comfort, and spiritual guidance when it's needed most. And she comes to discover that giving comfort is both a high calling and a precious gift.


In her account of her own 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • ....[Kate's] reading of her story has both a tenderness and an authority that make the audiobook an even more intimate experience than the print book.... AudioFile
  • “What grabbed us: The simple, poignant prose Ms. Braestrup uses to describe her faith and work.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “As gripping as any police thriller…[Braestrup tells her story] affectingly, and with style and grace.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A superbly crafted memoir of love, loss, grief, hope and the complex subtleties of faith…[Braestrup is] remarkable, steady, peaceful and wise.”

    Washington Post

  • “A poignant, funny book by a sympathetic, likable, immensely appealing figure.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2007 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • Winner of a 2007 Barnes & Noble Discover Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Campbell | 2/20/2014

    " Wonderful read! Beautifully written, and a thoughtful and articulate expression of the work of a chaplain. Braestrop describes ministry with those who suffer, raises the ultimate questions of suffering and offers no pat answers! Thanks be to God for that! Lovely, thought provoking, encouraging, challenging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meridith | 2/15/2014

    " This book was really interesting. I enjoyed the story, however, as a Christian, I disagree with many of the author's views on Jesus, heaven and hell, and salvation. I struggled in understanding how the author does her job - praying with families, presiding over funerals, and assuring people that their loved ones were in heaven - when she does not believe in any sort of afterlife. I did appreciate that reading this book made me stop and think about my own beliefs, inspired good conversations with my husband, turned me back to God's Word and promises. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tinytextiles | 2/12/2014

    " What a loving book! I never thought about the many different people involved in a search/rescue mission. There are many good people who will risk their lives for someone who they do not know but they care about their well being---especially in the Maine woods in the dead of winter. A page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/4/2014

    " I like Kate and would have to give this book 3.5 stars if I could. Was it a "can't put it down book" No, but interesting all the same and thought provoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicky | 2/4/2014

    " This book was just OK. She jumps around a bit for my taste but at least writes with a sense of humor. If I were a religious person I guess she would be the type of minister that I could relate to. Her job does sound pretty intriguing and I do think she has it right as far as life equals love, without it what do you have? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 2/1/2014

    " An amazing book! It will make you laugh, it will make you cry -- sometimes even achieving both emotions in the same sentence. Acutely profound and thought-provoking, it makes me want to move to Maine and become a minister! It's a quick read, but can also be read a little bit at a time over a long time span without having to backtrack. You will definitely want to have someone to talk to and share your thoughts with as you read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/28/2014

    " Spiritual without being preachy. Author has a slightly macabre sense of humor but I enjoyed her journey through a tragic event in her life to the fullness of finding her calling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/20/2014

    " A BLBC choice for July. Not loving it. The story of a woman who overcomes the accidental death of her husband and becomes a minister to the Maine Fish and Game Wardens. Some interesting rescue stories... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne | 12/26/2013

    " Just finished this book. I thought that Kate's dedication to her husband's wishes was so meaningful and loving. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myrn54 | 12/25/2013

    " Very human author, lets you into here real life. Beautiful spiritually. Allows me to soften once again toward Christianity, and open my heart a little more to "religion", without feeling like I have to go join a church! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 FarmDotr | 12/20/2013

    " Sad but enlightening, humorous. What could be better than listen to the author reading her work to you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 12/5/2013

    " The Chaplain to the Maine Warden Service tells stories of finding God in the Maine wilderness and in the hearts of her co-workers. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen Shank | 10/15/2013

    " Just terrible. No comment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 2/4/2013

    " Mind blowing. So sparely written, with such grace and love. I could not put it down and reread it immediately upon finishing it. I learned so much about the human spirit, what is right, true and good. I thank her for writing this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbie57 | 11/25/2012

    " A good read -- this book is truly inspirational without being sappy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyra | 10/29/2012

    " Easy quick read and has its moments of inspiration. The fact that this woman is real and amazing keeps you reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 10/13/2012

    " If you liked Eat, Pray, Love, you'll enjoy this book. It's a combination of spirituality and humor. A bit more God then laughs, but still a comforting and fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morrisonmm77 | 7/28/2012

    " I really enjoyed this story. A courageous women who finds everything good in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Krosschell | 1/9/2012

    " Very good account of a little-known subject. Braestrup has both wit and empathy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 10/4/2011

    " I loved this book. She is a very brave and insprational woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 9/5/2011

    " Grief is okay. What an interesting view on search and rescue, and all the people it involves. Amazing to hear their stories of coping, and why the need for a chaplain is important. She has a great voice, and afterwards, you feel like you chatted with a long lost friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/20/2011

    " The strength of the human spirit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacque | 5/17/2011

    " Beautiful, heart wrenching, healing, humorous. Wish this book had been around 30 years ago when I first needed it. Excellent reading anytime but particularly for those grieving a loved one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loriann | 5/12/2011

    " This book came HIGHLY recommended by the library!

    Very good book ... worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loree | 5/4/2011

    " I listened to the audio version of this book, read by the author, and it was fantastic. I'm not sure I've ever enjoyed a memoir as much. Bravo and well done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 3/13/2011

    " This book was suggested to me by amazon when I bought another book, so I gave it a try. It is about a widow who goes on to become a chaplain. It was not what I expected and some points were disturbing to me, so I stopped reading (which is rare for me). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 3/10/2011

    " Read this one before Life's That Way by a few years, but it gave me a similar feeling. Have at least one tissue handy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 3/3/2011

    " I loved her story. it was so moving. I love the fact that she is from Maine and lives in Thomaston! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/26/2011

    " Very interesting story about a woman who becomes a minister and helps with search & rescue cases. The main character is a strong woman who puts her life back together after tragedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bokvorm | 2/23/2011

    " Loved it! So thought provoking. Easy read yet very interesting "

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About the Author
Author Kate Braestrup

Kate Braestrup is the chaplain for the Maine Warden Service and author of the memoir Here If You Need Me and the novel Onion. She has written for the New York Times magazine; Boston Globe Sunday magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Mademoiselle; More; Ms.; and Law and Order. She lives in Maine with her husband and children.