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Straightforward and profound,
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This review is from: The Practice of the Presence of God and The Spiritual Maxims (Paperback)This short book has had a profound impact on my spiritual life. Brother Lawrence set himself the task of living with a conscious awareness of God's presence and in constant dialogue with God. He found immense joy and satisfaction in doing so. After reading this, I set myself about the same task, and I can say that although I have been doing it only for about four months, I have experienced tiny glimpses of what he talks about. (He says that to develop the habit takes about ten years, and I think he means for a monk, so I think it will likely take me longer.) I find this book very enlightening and encouraging, and have re-read it a number of times.
A word of caution, though: the benefits of practicing the presence of God depend on you actually wanting to know and be with God. People have a lot of different motivations for their religious practice, and I have found that even some highly motivated religious people are really interested in parts of spirituality other than knowing God. (This is not a criticism, just an observation.) If your motivation for your spirituality is something else, then you probably won't find this book very useful, any more than a person interested in, say, yoga would find interesting a book on, say, football. I found myself working through some of these issues only *after* setting out to practice the presence of God, so this heads-up might save you some time.