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The Practice and Presence of God Paperback – January 1, 1981

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Baker House Book (1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801028442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801028441
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,947,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Schonbek on January 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
Note: the three star rating applies to this particular paraphrased edition, not the underlying work.

The Practice of the Presence of God is one of the great spiritual classics of all time. Through a series of conversations and letters it tells how a simple 17th century monk came to walk in great intimacy with God.

In the preface of this edition, first published in 1975, editor Donald Demary writes, "Long considered one of the Christian classics, The Practice of the Presence of God, like other ancient documents, needs updating in its language. Why rob contemporary society of such a gold mine? Why not get the nuggets within reach? That is precisely what I have tried to do in this paraphrase housed in contemporary format".

While Demary may have succeeded in reaching a 1970's audience, his choice of colloquial language from that era falls flat some thirty years later. Here's a couple of examples:

* He said that he had so often experienced the quick help of divine grace on all kinds of occasions, that on the basis of such experiences, he did not get uptight about business before time to do it.

* But none of these hang-ups gave him fits...

* I am not a bookish man (that's no hang-up with me).

While the archaic language of the original may be difficult to access, this attempt at contemporary relevance trivializes the work and renders it even more dated for today's reader.
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