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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (556 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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Kate Braestrup has been married and widowed, betrayed and betrothed, her personal spirituality constantly evolving along the way. How do God and love figure into our everyday lives and our bonds with others? In Marriage, and Other Acts of Charity, she tackles these big questions with stories from her own relationships—romantic and familial, platonic and professional—much as Anne Lamott weaves her spirituality through her tales of parenthood.

With the same compassion and warmth that made Here If You Need Me a New York Times bestseller, Braestrup engages readers fully, regardless of their path in life. She tells us about teaching sex education for her daughter’s eighth-grade class and the welcome embrace extended toward her adopted nephew from Africa. She introduces the essential concept that charity—the key to all relationships—is a wholehearted, selfless emotion that is but a hint of God’s immense devotion. Kate Braestrup’s very human outlook gives anyone seeking to understand human relationships a fresh perspective on what it is to love and be loved.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “She’s funny and humble, whether she’s sharing humorous stories or heartrending ones. Listeners will feel as if they’ve been invited into her life, and they’ll be grateful for it.”

    AudioFile

  • “Nonpreachy, a bit earthy, and full of life and love.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The dialogue is deft and elegant, the scenery and back stories interesting and intense. The game wardens of Maine live on an icy edge between life and death; Braestrup evokes that world with skill.”

    Washington Post

  • “Braestrup offers grains of folksy, charitable wisdom.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jane | 2/16/2014

    " Great question: "For me, the most important thing in the world is . . . " Fill in the blank. A really well-told story of one woman's marriage and life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christina | 2/11/2014

    " My first Braestrup book, and I enjoyed it, but found it to be lacking cohesion. Nevertheless, it is a memoir and does have the feel of a long coffee chat with a friend. Not sure it has provided much insight on marriage for me, but there are some thought-provoking bits regarding the act of loving, exploration of the different types of love, and the commandment to love they neighbor, albeit without much depth. More like, Hey, this is something cool to think about that my boyfriend and I discussed... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Soonhar | 2/11/2014

    " Braestrup wrote the NYT bestseller Here If You Need Me after the death of her Maine warden husband; her essays of faith, hope and family dealt withhow she coped with her loss. In Marriage and Other Acts of Charity, Braestrup (a Unitarian Universalist chaplain for the Maine Warden Service) follows up with stories of love, including hers that led to her marrying again. I did not read Here If You Need Me but I can imagine it. Braestrup's writing voice is pretty distinctive and it's OK but it's not my favorite. Hers is what is called "inspirational writing" and she tries to do it with a touch of lightness, a bit of humor, which isn't easy to do. Anne Lamott is my favorite in that department. Braestrup tries just a little too hard to come across as cool sometimes. But on the whole her book is readable, well-organized, and she tells a few good stories of faith and love, especially in Chapter One, where two of her four children got lost in the woods, and Chapter Twelve, where she described the way her Bangor Seminary professor of philosopy, Dr. Oscar Remick, explain Paul Tillich's view of Jesus Christ. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Madison | 1/30/2014

    " This was more of a memoir than a book on marriage or love. "

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