Friday, January 29, 2010

MARRIAGE AND OTHER ACTS OF CHARITY AUDIO BOOK: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
MARRIAGE AND OTHER
ACTS OF CHARITY

AN AUDIO BOOK
WRITTEN BY KATE BRAESTRUP
READ BY KATE BRAESTRUP

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Kate Braestrup has been married and widowed, betrayed and betrothed, her personal spirituality constantly evolving along the way. How do God and love figure in our everyday lives and bonds with others? In MARRIAGE, AND OTHER ACTS OF CHARITY, she tackles these big questions with stories from her own relationships--romantic and familial, platonic and professional--much as Anne Lamott weaves her spirituality through her tales of parenthood. With the same compassion and warmth that made Here If You Need Me a New York Times bestseller, Braestrup engages readers fully, regardless of their path in life. She tells us about teaching sex education for her daughter's eighth-grade class, and the welcome embrace extended toward her adopted nephew from Africa. She introduces the essential concept that charity--the key to all relationships--is a whole-hearted selfless emotion, which is but a hint of God's immense devotion. Kate Braestrup's very human outlook gives anyone seeking to understand human relationships a fresh perspective on what it is to love and be loved.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Braestrup's novel Onion was published by Viking in 1990, and she has since published a series of magazine articles in Mademoiselle, Ms., City Paper, Hope and Law and Order. She lives in Maine.



REVIEW:

Kate Braestrup is a minister and in her work, she counsels people on marriage. I have to say that I wasn't sure if this would be a book I would take to as at first look, a minister talking about making marriages work? Could that be a thrill ride or a dull read? Well, the audio book format is what saved this book for me. In the book, Kate Braestrup will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. This is HER memoir and there is much about her life and loves and what she learned about them to pass on to others.

She writes the book as a series of essays that include her two marriages (the first that ended in tragedy in case you didn't read her first book HERE IF YOU NEED ME), as well as a serious relationship between the two. She goes into details about what worked and didn't in all of her relationships. There are also the other couples' stories. There is a couple planning their wedding and on the opposite end of the spectrum is another man who finds his marriage is falling apart. She deals with how to start a marriage all the way to how to end one. In between she has advice on how to put up with things in a marriage as well as how to do things to make it better. The key she believes is in charity. She feels that when we give selflessly of ourselves, we will learn what we need to do to really love and have that love returned to us. While that is certainly something I agree with, I am not sure I needed to be told that BUT perhaps others will look at that differently.

I do think the one thing I took away most from this book is the stark reality in which she discusses that all marriages will end in one way or another. And if the marriage ends due to the death of a partner, she discusses that and shares how difficult that is and how brave people have to be to love someone to begin with when we all know that at some point this can and will happen to one of the partners. Braestrup does give us a very unique way of going on and what to do next. I thought of friends who have been through this and how this would be a good book for them to read but really even better to read, anticipate and plan for, before we lose a partner.

I enjoyed this book as an audio book as it seemed to sink in better hearing Kate read her own words to me. I don't think I would have stuck with the book if I was doing the reading even though it is entertaining in parts, it wasn't really a book I would have taken to but with the audio, it was easy to listen in parts and get something out of it with minimal effort.

AN AUDIO BOOK GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO ANNA AND THE
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP FOR
SPONSORING THIS GIVEAWAY,
I HAVE 3 COPIES OF THIS AUDIO
BOOK TO GIVE AWAY TO YOU!


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47 comments:

Lacey said...

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Lacey said...

I learned that Kate is an Ordained minister!

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Denny, Alaska said...

Kate's late husband was a Maine state trooper. Thanks for entering my name in your giveaway!

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justpeachy36 said...

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I learned she was a state trooper.

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Rebecca Graham said...

I learned that she is a minister.

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MiscMayzee said...

I find it touching that her husband's death became the inspiration for her to do the things she has.

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Charleydog said...

The author is a strong woman. She became a widow with very young children and was able to continue with her life in a courageous manner.

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dor said...

I find it interesting that her dad (I'm guessing) was a foreign correspondent. How interesting her childhood must have been.

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Lori Taube said...

I learned that Kate entered the Bangor Theological Seminary in 1997, a year after her husband was killed in a car accident, and was ordained in 2004.

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Benita said...

I found out Kate Braestrup is a community minister, law enforcement chaplain, and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Here If You Need Me, and Marriage and Other Acts of Charity, coming in January 2010.

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bermudaonion said...

I'm glad to see this is good, because I hope to read it soon. You should join The Reagan Arthur Books Challenge since you've already read this! No need to enter me.

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I learned she and her husband have 6 kids
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Rebecca O said...

In 2006, Braestrup married the artist, Simon van der Ven.
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dsandyboy said...

I learned that she is a minister.

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dsandyboy said...

Her husband was a state trooper and his death inspired her to do what she is doing.

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FrankSandy said...

I found out that she became a widow with young children when her husband, a state trooper, died.

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FrankSandy said...

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rubynreba said...

Her trooper husband was killed in a car accident while on duty in 1996
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Linda Henderson said...

I learned that she published a novel, Onion in 1990.

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Bani said...

I read Kate's bio. What struggles she's had to face in life, becoming a widow with four children. Overcoming that hardship makes her a rather inspiring figure.

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Tea said...

The author is a minister and Law Enforcement chaplain. What a heavy load!

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DarcyO said...

Kate published the novel, Onion, in 1990.

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Nancye said...

I learned that Kate was widowed in 1996 when her husband was killed in the line of duty.

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