About Reverend Braestrup:
Rev. Braestrup divides her time between her service as Unitarian Universalist chaplain for the Maine Warden Service and her writing. Her most recent book— “Anchors and Flares”— reminds us that the threats we cannot predict have the power to knit us together as much as to rip us apart and that, as parents, we are simultaneously called upon to bear loving witness and be a guiding light. Other notable books by Braestrup include “Here If You Need Me,” “Marriage and Other Acts of Charity,” and “Beginner’s Grace.” Braestrup is the daughter of a former foreign correspondent. She spent her childhood in Algiers, New York City, Paris, Bangkok, Washington DC, and Sabillasville, MD. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design/The New School and Georgetown University, Braestrup has always been a devoted writer, publishing her first novel—“Onion”—in 1990. Following her marriage to Drew Griffith in 1985 and the birth of their first child in 1986, she and her family moved to Maine, where her husband served as a Trooper with the Maine State Police. Griffith was killed while on duty in a 1996 car accident. The widowed mother of four—aged 3 to 9 at the time— turned to writing to share stories about her remarkable journey from grief to faith to happiness in a best-selling collection of insightful essays entitled “Here If You Need Me.” Braestrup followed in her late husband’s plans to become a Unitarian Universalist minister and entered the Bangor Theological Seminary in 1997. She was ordained in 2004 and continues to minister to search-and-rescue workers looking for those who have lost their way and to comfort those who wait for their loved ones to be rescued or recovered. Braestrup is a popular public speaker around the country and abroad, entertaining and educating interested audiences with her characteristic honesty, good humor, and poignancy. Her audiences range from the American College of Surgeons to members of the FBI. Audience members describe their lecture experience as transformative and uplifting. For more information, visit her website.