Marriage and Other Acts of Charity: A Memoir

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Little, Brown, Jan 13, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
In her award-winning memoir Here If You Need Me, Kate Braestrup won the hearts of readers across the country with her deeply moving and deftly humorous stories of faith, hope and family. Now, with her inimitable voice and generous spirit, she turns her attention to the subjects of love and commitment in MARRIAGE AND OTHER ACTS OF CHARITY.

As a minister, Kate Braestrup regularly performs weddings. She has also, at 44, been married twice and widowed once, and accordingly has much to say about life after the ceremony. From helping a newlywed couple make amends after their first fight to preparing herself for her second marriage, Braestrup offers her insights and experiences on what it truly means to share your life with someone, from the first kiss to the last straw, for better or for worse.

Part memoir, part observation of modern marriage, and part meditation on the roles of God and love in our everyday lives, MARRIAGE AND OTHER ACTS OF CHARITY is a unique and unforgettable look into why, and how, we love each other, and proves yet again why Kate Braestrup's writing is "inspirational in the best sense" (New York Daily News).

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User Review  - kaitanya64 - LibraryThing

I hoped this book would discuss the principal of "charity" in marriage, but to me it read like a disconnected memoir with a few comments on meaning of the word "love" thrown in. The author's theology seems uninformed and shallow. Read full review

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User Review  - jules72653 - LibraryThing

Love, loss, religion and faith are woven beautifully into this book. I really enjoy Braestrup's writing and would love to meet her someday. I think this book I'll lend to a few select friends and keep on the shelf to be read again. It was that good. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Kate Braestrup is the chaplain for the Maine Warden Service and author of the memoir "Here If You Need Me" and the novel "Onion". She has written for the "New York Times "magazine; "Boston Globe Sunday "magazine; "O", "The Oprah Magazine;" "Mademoiselle;" "More;" "Ms".; and "Law and Order". She lives in Maine with her husband and children.

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