I tripped over Here If You Need Me: A True Story online just the other day and I immediately wanted to read it. I can’t imagine it doesn’t bring a new perspective to it’s readers. From what I understood when I first found it, Kate Braestrup has been the person who knocks on the door at 2 AM to deliver the kind of news that no one ever wants to get. I never want to find out what that’s actually like but, I can imagine how life-changing and perspective-shifting it would be from the point of view of the person doing the knocking. After having a read of the back cover description, it seems like it’s even more than that. Here’s the book’s blurb from Amazon:
Ten years ago, Kate Braestrup and her husband Drew were enjoying the life they shared together. They had four young children, and Drew, a Maine state trooper, would soon begin training to become a minister as well. Then early one morning Drew left for work and everything changed. On the very roads that he protected every day, an oncoming driver lost control, and Kate lost her husband.
Stunned and grieving, Kate decided to continue her husband’s dream and became a minister herself. And in that capacity she found a most unusual mission: serving as the minister on search and rescue missions in the Maine woods, giving comfort to people whose loved ones are missing, and to the wardens who sometimes have to deal with awful outcomes. Whether she is with the parents of a 6-year-old girl who had wandered into the woods, with wardens as they search for a snowmobile rider trapped under the ice, or assisting a man whose sister left an infant seat and a suicide note in her car by the side of the road, Braestrup provides solace, understanding, and spiritual guidance when it’s needed most.
Here if You Need Me is the story of Kate Braestrup’s remarkable journey from grief to faith to happiness. It is dramatic, funny, deeply moving, and simply unforgettable, an uplifting account about finding God through helping others, and the tale of the small miracles that occur every day when life and love are restored.
If you’re curious to check it out, click on the book cover to go to Amazon and have a look.