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The Practice of the Presence of God (Paraclete Essentials) Paperback – June 1, 2010
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All things are possible to one who believes; even more to one who hopes; still more to one who loves.
This Classic work--the original guide to "practicing the presence of God"--has inspired millions of people in a variety of editions since it was first published after the author's death in 1691.
Brother Lawrence was a humble monk who spent much of his monastic life working in the kitchen. His life and writings reveal the secrets of daily, moment by moment fellowship with God. " In the way of God, thoughts count very little," he says. Full of realistic honesty, friendliness, and simplicity, The Practice of the Presence of God shows that it's possible to meet God among the pots and pans--in the ordinary , daily events of life. This edition, rendered from the original French into graceful, comtemporary English, will nourish and delight all who seek to know and love God more intimately.
About the Author
Brother Lawrence(c. 1611 – 1691) was born Nicholas Herman in the Lorraine region of France. As a young man, he fought in the Thirty Years’ War before joining the Carmelite order in Paris as a monk at the age of 24. The Practice of the Presence of God was originally compiled from his letters and conversations, immediately after his death. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is the author of New Monasticism, and forthcoming from Paraclete Press: The Wisdom of Stability.
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To me, practicing the presence of God is the missing part of the life of prayer and worship in the lives of many Christians. This little book is a basically a commentary on these 3 words from 1 Thessalonians 5:17: "pray without ceasing." Brother Lawrence was able to achieve this by continually turning to God throughout the day as he worked in a kitchen and by carrying on a familiar conversation with God before, during, and after work.
The main part of the book is divided into Sections: 4 Conversations and 15 Letters. Personally, I found the letters more compact and helpful. This particular edition also includes A Eulogy of Brother Lawrence, Spiritual Maxims, and Brother Lawrence's Way of Life, all of which are helpful additions. Throughout, Brother Lawrence communicates some profound truths about how to pray without ceasing.
Here are just a few of his insights:
The foundation of the spiritual life in him had been "a high notion and esteem of God."
"We should establish ourselves in a sense of God's presence by continually conversing with Him."
"We ought to act with God in the greatest simplicity."
"The most excellent method he had found of going to God was that of doing our common business without any view of pleasing men, and (so far as we are capable) purely for the love of God.Read more ›
Without doubt it's the best book on communing with and praying to God that I've ever come across. The simplicity and practicality of this book is so great that I doubt it could be replaced in the category of books on prayer. What he says never gets tiresome; it only makes you want to experience God's presence more and more. It makes you want to get right down to what he tells you: why not just focus on God and praise Him even this moment? You don't even need words, just offer your love to Him. There are just no other books on prayer like it. It's short, whilst many others are twice as long. It's full of very personal examples of what it is to do as the Brother suggests, while others are lacking in intimate experiences of how to practice what is written. There is a staggering reality to what the Brother writes, because it all comes straight out of his life! His letters were real, historical letters, which expressed exactly what he lived and practiced everyday. The conversations were real events, which another personally engaged in with the great Brother. So much of the book's force comes from the fact that the author was widely regarded as a man who practiced what he wrote.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brother Lawrence simplifies much of what Christians labor about.Published 9 months ago by Donnamie Ali
I purchased three different versions of this book: This book, published by Paraclete Press, Series: Paraclete Essentials edition (June 1, 2010); also Revell, Reprint edition... Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Eckrich
This little book is full of practical tips on how to stay aware of God every minute of the day. Brother Lawrence shows how to make each task a prayer in itself without having to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sharon O.
Brother Lawrence is a humble, simple man who beautifully illustrates how you can apply the PRACTICE of Experiencing God to everyday, apparently mundane-seeming tasks to really feel... Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by Esquire keys