Announcing a new book, BEGINNER’S GRACE! Due out November 2nd (Free Press/Simon and Schuster).
Starred Review in Publisher’s Weekly:
Beginner’s Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life
Kate Braestrup, Free Press, $25 (256p) ISBN 978-1-4391-8426-4
Braestrup (Here If You Need Me), a Unitarian Universalist minister who serves as chaplain to the Maine Warden Service, graciously escorts true prayer into real life. In her fourth book, Braestrup approaches prayer from 24 angles, including from the threshold, in mixed company, for enemies, before service, and with laughter…She understands that prayers can be posture and presence but never formulaic: “They need not be factual, but they must be true.” Braestrup’s voice registers in a wide range–from scholarly to deliciously earthy (she declares God a “noodge”) to motherly–as she plaits a story strand about herself with a good hank of biblical exegesis, then finishes with personal ribbons, drawing material from her family… and her friends in ministry and law enforcement…Braestrup remains a persuasive pastor, praying right through the amen.
(For a preview, see the November issue of Good Housekeeping, p. 168)
Events and Appearances:
SYRACUSE. NEW YORK: Sunday, October 31 Sunday Service
May Memorial UU Society in Syracuse, NY
CAMDEN, MAINE Tuesday, November 2 6:30 pm Author Event and Signing, Camden Public Library
HAVERHILL, MA. Saturday, November 6th 7:00 Author Event and Signing. The Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill
BOSTON, MA. Sunday, November 7th 10:15 am Author event and signing, Trinity Church in the City of Boston
EAST SANDWICH, MA. Monday, November 8th, Author event and signing
WELLESLEY, MA. Wednesday, November 10, 7:00 pm Author Event and Signing Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills.
MYSTIC, CT. Thursday, November 11 12 noon, Author event and signing, luncheon (yay!) Bank Square Books
NEW YORK, NY Sunday, November 14 1:00 pm Author event and signing, All Souls Church, Lexington Ave. at 80th Street
NEW YORK, NY Wednesday, November 17 6:15 Guest Preacher for evening worship, Marble Collegiate Church, 1 W. 29th St. (at 5th Ave)
PASADENA, CA. Sunday, November 28, 10:15 am Adult education talk and signing, All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave.
SAN DIEGO/MISSION VALLEY, CA. Dec. 8th, 7:00 pm
Author event and signing, Borders Bookstore, 1072 Camino Del Rio