Book Review | Marriage and Other Acts of Charity by Kate Braestrup
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
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.
What I enjoyed about Marriage is that is shows you it is not just about everyone else when it comes to your marriage and the other relationships in your life. Sometimes you need to look deep within yourself to find out why you are the way YOU are. Life is full of problems; you cannot control everything that comes your way. If you have a good marriage though, those things that come your way are not so hard to handle. This book shows how to start to handle those things in your life, but in a way that is not preaching. The one thing to remember is that it can be gone in a heartbeat, no matter what you do or how you handle things. This book reminds you of that fact!
Out of any of what she said, one of the best pieces of advice she could give her children was to keep talking if she wasn’t listening and to find the person who would listen to them. What a great piece of advice that is for children that are working through their own issues in life. This book made me realize that if people are important to you, then they need to see each day how much you care about them. I highly recommend this book, it’s a great listen!