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Here If You Need Me, a true story by Kate Braestrup
Kate’s life is radically changed the day her Maine state trooper husband Drew was killed in an accident.  While she and her four young children mourn the loss of a beloved husband and father, a thought begins to take shape in Kate’s mind.  Drew’s dream had been to be a minister.  Kate ultimately decided to pursue his dream.
On her first day at the seminary, a professor asked this question, “why are you here?”  Kate responded, “because Drew isn’t”. Drew’s hope had been to serve a church and on the side, work as a law enforcement chaplain, helping at crime and search scenes and being present to officers and families as they tried to cope emotionally and spiritually with what oftentimes were horrendous outcomes.  Kate became a chaplain to the Maine Game Wardens and worked with the search and rescue teams. She found challenge, heartbreak and joy in a job she loves.
In this memoir, Kate tells of waiting at search sites for people to be found, dead or alive.  A fisherman found along with his snowmobile in 30 feet of water.  A small child found under the ice, her red mittens nearby.  A young woman who dropped her infant off at daycare, then went into the woods with pills to sleep away her life.  But there are also stories of happy endings, miracles, and rejoicing.
Kate has a unique gift from God in being able to comfort grieving souls with love. She herself is filled with the love and goodness of God. I loved this very moving and heartfelt story, so much so that I thanked God for Kate and her work.  She is also an accomplished writer.
Find this book on our Christ the King library shelves.
Joan Perlich for the library team.  We all send our very best wishes for God’s Peace and joy in the new year.

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