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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,031 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:
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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 six-year-old daughter has wandered into the woods, wardens as they search for a snowmobile rider gone under ice, or a man whose sister left an infant seat and suicide note in her car by the side of the road, Braestrup provides solace, comfort, and spiritual guidance when it’s needed most. She also comes to discover that giving comfort is both a high calling and a precious gift.

In this account of her own life and the events of her unusual job, sometimes joyful, sometimes heartbreaking, Braestrup is warm, unsentimental, and generous. Here If You Need Me is a funny, frank, and deeply moving story of faith and hope.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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