Local author Kate Braestrup will not launch her new book, “Beginner’s Grace,” at the downtown Camden Public Library Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. as previously announced. The reading and book signing will be rescheduled to a date in early December.

“Beginner’s Grace” is a book on prayer, inspired by Braestrup’s work as a chaplain. Writing in the beautiful, funny, honest narrative style that moved and inspired readers of her earlier book “Here If You Need Me,” Braestrup explains what prayer is and the many ways one can pray. Braestrup explains how and why the practice of prayer can open a space in our busy lives for mindfulness, gratitude, contentment and a wider compassion toward others.

Suzanne Oliver, coauthor of “The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew — Three Women Search for Understanding, said of “Beginner’s Grace” that Braestrup sanctifies both the monumental and the mundane with simple and beautiful prayers of her own construction and of multiple faith traditions: “In so doing she leads readers to a fuller life in which joy, love, grief, sleep, eating, fear, and simple gratitude are recognized and celebrated as sacred experiences in the wholeness of our lives.”

“Beginner’s Grace” is intended for the religious and nonreligious and even irreligious in its generous, good-humored approach to spirituality and is a welcoming modern guide to the simplest, most effective way to satisfy a universal spiritual hunger. Braestrup provides clear models and practical suggestions for making one’s own and family prayers meaningful and satisfying and offers prayers for situations in which words might fail: times of anxiety, helplessness or grief. She invites the reader to explore forms of prayer that extend into the wider community including prayer with and for people we don’t like or with whom we disagree.

Braestrup is one of the first chaplains ever appointed to the Maine Warden Service. She is the author of several previous books and has written for Mademoiselle, Ms., City Paper, Hope and Law and Order. She lives in Lincolnville with her husband, ceramic artist Simon van der Ven, and their children.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.