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Kate Braestrup’s life was transformed by the loss of her husband; now Kate faces the possibility that she may lose her son. As a young mother, Kate Braestrup discovered the fierce protectiveness that accompanies parenthood.

In the intervening years — through mourning her husband and the joy of remarriage and a blended family-Kate has absorbed the rewards and complications of that spirit. But when her eldest son joins the Marines, Kate is at a crossroads: Can she reconcile her desire to protect her children with her family’s legacy of service? Can parents balance the joy of a child’s independence with the fear of letting go?

As Kate examines the twinned emotions of faith and fear — inspired by the families she meets as a chaplain and by her son’s journey towards purpose and familyhood — she learns that the threats we can’t predict will rip us apart and knit us together.

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"Bracing and lovely... She brings the same mix of raw feeling, bravery and tenderness to her work in the field. It's hard to imagine a better companion with whom to sit out an agonizing wait or study the lessons of loss and a self-mended heart."
Martha Fay, More Magazine
"A must-read for any parent who has tried to answer a child's hard questions or for anyone who has struggled to find meaning. Best of all, this remarkable true story is told with uncommon candor, grace and humor... This is one search-and-rescue you won't want to miss."
Martha White, Christian Science Monitor
"A superbly crafted memoir of love, loss, grief, hope and the complex subtleties of faith."
Jane Ciabattari, Washington Post
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