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The Practice of the Presence of God Paperback – February 1, 1967
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"The Practice of the Presence of God was a pivotal book in my spiritual growth. It showed me there was no division between work that is secular and work that is sacred. When done 'unto God rather than men, ' all work is sacred. And Brother Lawrence, with his sleeves rolled up and his hands elbow deep in the sink, shows us in everyday ways how to turn the kitchens in our lives into cathedrals."
--Ken Gire, author of Moments with the Savior, Windows of the Soul, and The Divine Embrace
The Practice of the Presence of God was a pivotal book in my spiritual growth. It showed me there was no division between work that is secular and work that is sacred. When done unto God rather than men, all work is sacred. And Brother Lawrence, with his sleeves rolled up and his hands elbow deep in the sink, shows us in everyday ways how to turn the kitchens in our lives into cathedrals.
Ken Gire, author of Moments with the Savior, Windows of the Soul, and The Divine Embrace" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (a.k.a. Nicholas Herman) lived in the 17th century and was a monk within the Carmelite Order of the Roman Catholic Church. This was the Order of such notable Christian mystics as St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross who authored other seminal mystical texts.Read more ›
It is a book that I will place next to my Bible and refer to it every time I sensed that God is far away. Each section of the book stands on its own and yet such a lovely intricate meshing makes the reading more of an experience that a reading exercise.
The one section that caught my spirit reads: "The Time of business, said he, does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clutter of my kitchen (he was a cook) while several persons are calling at the same time for different things, I possess God in as great a tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the Blessed Sacrament".
In another section he speaks of the opportunities to be in HIS prsence when we are stricken with an ailment.
Such statements are throughout the book which will cause one to stop and meditate. I will be buying copies to give to those in my circle that hunger for a closer walk and relationship with God over anything and anyone in their lives.
A) mention of praying at set times throughout the day (in his Carmelite monastery) in Conversation #2
B) a reference to receiving absolution through a confessor in Conversation #2
C) references in Conversation #2 to acts of mortification are corrupted; Br. Lawrence spoke of "bodily mortifications" as "useless, except as they serve to arrive at the union with God by love" and that "all possible kinds of mortification, if they were void of the love of God, could not efface a single sin." (pp. 21-22) The Whitaker version renders these two separate clauses as one, "that all possible good works or self-abasing acts of contrition we could possibly do would not erase a single sin." (p. 18)
D) a quote from Br. Lawrence at the end of Conversation #4 in which he mentions kneeling in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament
It also re-orders his 15 letters, damaging them in the process:
A) Whitaker's Letter #6 appears to be completely fabricated
B) Br. Lawrence's 11th and 13th letters are missing completely, probably because they praise the salvific quality of suffering and bearing suffering joyfully
C) Br. Lawrence's 14th and 15th letters are merged into one, retaining only the first sentence of letter #14
The edition published by Spire is far better.
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Wonderful book that I've read before and lost my copy. I will keep it to reread many times.Published 1 day ago by BJ
Righteousness: who you are and how you act when you think no one is watching. God is always watching, but He is not trying to catch you sinning so He can punish you, He wants to... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Robert L. Rowland
The volume arrived very quickly and has been a joy to read. Even though simple in its language, the message is unforgettable.Published 16 days ago by James D. Herbert
A nicely bound copy but it used to be done in a simple brochure format and was less expensive and more practical to give outPublished 23 days ago by M. Pierce
This book is in my top 5. Such practical thoughts on praying without ceasing.Published 1 month ago by Alonneville4