Kate Braestrup, chaplain with the Maine Warden Service and author from the Midcoast, will lead Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ’s Sunday service on Sunday, Aug. 14. Braestrup’s latest book, “Beginner’s Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life,”  explores the many ways that one can pray.

Prior to Braestrup’s visit, the church is offering two book discussion sessions on Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. Participants are welcome to attend one or both get-togethers.

On the publisher’s website, Braestrup explains, “The books that I’ve read seem to assume that I have the answer to the question, ‘why pray?’ And even in seminary, it was assumed that you already knew why and how. The book is about prayer and it’s a book that’s for people who maybe are a little confused about prayer or uncertain about prayer or even a little uncomfortable with the subject.”

She adds that she sees the book as “an exercise in walking through it – taking it seriously but taking it step by step rather than assuming that we know something.”

Of her work in community ministry in all areas of Maine, Braestrup writes in the new book: “A chaplain doesn’t have a leisurely hour in which to explain God. The suffering is right there and its urgency demands an immediate response. We don’t give a lot of sermons out in the field. Instead, we are called upon to offer the spiritual equivalent of triage. We’re asked to pray.”

Braestrup’s earlier books include “Here If You Need Me,” a story of her journey after her first husband’s death, which became a New York Times bestseller, and “Marriage and Other Acts of Charity: A Memoir,” in which she looked at love and commitment.

Broad Bay’s Sunday service begins at 10 a.m. The church is at 941 Main St., Waldoboro, near the post office.