Author Kate Braestrup will read from and sign copies of her new book at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Inspired by her work as a chaplain, Kate Braestrup, the New York Times bestselling author of “Here If You Need Me,” has written a compelling new book on prayer for which her devoted readers have been clamoring. In “Beginner’s Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life,” Braestrup explains what prayer is and explores the many ways that people can pray. A new kind of prayer book – made for those who might not pray or even know how, Braestrup includes many examples of prayers to draw from and explains how and why the practice of prayer can open a space in individuals’ busy lives for mindfulness, gratitude, contentment, and compassion toward others.

As a chaplain to the Maine Warden Service, the agency that polices the state’s roughly 17 million acres of wild land, Braestrup accompanies game wardens to accidents and drowning, and on search-and-rescue operations in the Maine woods.

“A chaplain doesn’t have a leisurely hour in which to explain God,” writes Braestrup, in a press release. “The suffering is right there, and its urgency demands an immediate response. We don’t give a lot of sermons out in the field, or in the woods or streets. Instead, we are called upon to offer the spiritual equivalent of triage. We’re asked to pray.”

And pray she does. Offering clear models and practical suggestions for making one’s own and one’s family’s prayers meaningful and satisfying, Braestrup offers prayers for situations in which words might fail: times of anxiety, helplessness, or grief. Beautifully written, with her astonishing signature stories of faith in action in real life, “Beginner’s Grace” explains how to tap into grace with prayer — as well as how to pray, when to pray, and what to pray.

Written in the beautiful, honest, personal narrative style of her previous two books, Braestrup explains the many ways individuals can pray. She offers suggestions for making prayers more meaningful and satisfying and she invites readers to explore forms of prayer that extend into the wider community, including prayer for those whom one doesn’t like and with whom one may disagree.

Written with the insight and warmth that moved and inspired readers of Here If You Need Me, Beginner’s Grace is sure to become a spiritual touchstone for people of all faiths.

Books will be available for sale at the event, courtesy of The Reading Corner Bookstore.

Braestrup lives in Lincolnville with her husband, artist Simon van der Ven, and their six children.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice. Please call the library at 594-0310.

This evening is one in a continuing Thursday evening series of literary, film and musical offerings sponsored by the Rockland Public Library & The Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Admission is free.