BOOK REVIEW: Here if You Need Me

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (August 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316066303
ISBN-13: 978-0316066303
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches

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I started to read this book because the author was coming to the annual fire chaplains retreat/meeting. I bought it and then it sat on my to be read pile for about a month or so before I started to read it. When I began, I could not put it down. This book is wonderful and if you are in the helping professions you need to read this book.

Kate Braestrup is the chaplain for the Maine Warden Service and she takes you thorough many of the cases that she deals with on a regular basis. The hitch in the story is that she lost her husband, a Maine State Trooper, in a car accident and went to seminary after the funeral. She is a Unitarian Universilist Minister and ministers to her flock as well as her family is ways that go beyond description.

She does an amazing job weaving her story in with stories of rescue missions and search and rescue missions as well as riding along with the Wardens as they do their job on a day to day basis all while caring for her young family.

The book does not end but is in fact a continuing story that really does not have an end. As a fire chaplain I find many things in this book that I can relate too but one does not need to be a chaplain to understand where she is coming from and what she is all about. She is all about helping people regardless of their faith orientation. She is what it means to be a chaplain. The book is an easy read and would be great for beach reading this summer.

I also had the opportunity to hear her speak and tell the stories first hand and she is truly an amazing person and writer. I highly recommend her book.

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