Sunday, March 7, 2010

Review: Marriage and Other Acts of Charity by Kate Braestrup (Audiobook)

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.

Received from the publisher for review.

This one gets one star. I'm sure the material would have been good enough had I made it through more than half a disc. I just could not continue with the author's screechy, scratchy, yet baby voice. It was simply intolerable. There is really no other word for it. This is a prime example of why an author should not read his or her own material. They just are not trained. It frankly sounded like Edith from All in the Family, if she'd been a smoker, reading a children's book. Yes, it was that bad. When I found myself actually grinding my teeth over her voice I decided it was time to abandon the effort. If you do choose to give this one a go, get the print edition, for the sake of your ears alone.

☆☆ = Didn't Like It


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