Kate Braestrup

ANCHOR AND FLARES: A MEMOIR OF MOTHERHOOD, HOPE AND SERVICE (July 14th, 2015)

41p-e94pvtl-_sx326_bo1204203200_Kate Braestrup’s life was transformed by the loss of her husband; now Kate faces the possibility that she may lose her son.

As a young mother Kate Braestrup discovered the fierce protectiveness that accompanies parenthood. In the intervening years—through mourning her husband and the joy of remarriage and a blended family—Kate has absorbed the rewards and complications of that spirit. But when her eldest son joins the Marines, Kate is at a crossroads: Can she reconcile her desire to protect her children with her family’s legacy of service? Can parents balance the joy of a child’s independence with the fear of letting go?

Rights: Little, Brown, North America; Back Bay Books, North America

 

BEGINNER’S GRACE (2010) 

Prayer is an ancient and simple way to prepare yourself for grace, or love, and to learn to recognize it when it comes. Even the briefest “grace” spoken before dinner offers its time-honored wisdom. Yet in spite of hundreds of traditions and teachings and books about prayer, millions of Americans have become ambivalent about it. They are unsure how, when, where, and even why they might pray, afraid they’ll do it wrong, or worried that they won’t be heard.Writing in the beautiful, funny, honest narrative style that moved and inspired readers of her first book, Here If You Need Me, Kate Braestrup explains what prayer is and the many ways we can pray. With an approach that is both personal and inclusive, Beginner’s Grace is a new kind of prayer book. Even if you don’t pray and don’t consider yourself religious, there’s room in this book for you. In these pages, Braestrup explains how and why the practice of prayer can open a space in our busy lives for mindfulness, gratitude, contentment, and a wider compassion toward others.

Inspired by her work as a chaplain, Braestrup includes many examples of prayers to draw from—beginning with grace, a brief prayer of thanks. She provides clear models and practical suggestions for making your own and your family’s prayers meaningful and satisfying, and offers prayers for situations in which words might fail: times of anxiety, helplessness, or grief. And she invites you to explore forms of prayer that extend into the wider community, including prayer with and for people we don’t like or with whom we disagree.

A welcoming modern guide to the simplest, most effective way to satisfy a universal spiritual hunger, Beginner’s Grace is for the religious and nonreligious and even irreligious in its generous, good-humored approach to spirituality.

Rights: Free Press, North America

MARRIAGE, AND OTHER ACTS OF CHARITY (2010)

From helping newlywed couples make amends after their first fight to preparing herself for her second marriage, Braestrup offers her experience and insights into what it truly means to share your life with someone, from the first kiss to the last straw, for better or for worse.

Rights: Little, Brown, North America

HERE IF YOU NEED ME (2007)

After the unexpected death of her husband, a state trooper, Braestrup took up his dream of becoming a minister, and this book recounts her experiences serving as the chaplain on search-and-rescue missions for the Maine State Warden Service. She addresses questions large and small about God, grief, and grace.

Rights: Little Brown, North American; Planeta, Brazil; Oprah, More, Ladies Home Journal, Woman’s Day, First serial