- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Revell; Reprint edition (February 1, 1967)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800785991
- ISBN-13: 978-0800785994
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 147 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Practice of the Presence of God Paperback – February 1, 1967
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At any moment and in any circumstance, the soul that seeks God may find Him, and practice the presence of God.
Brother Lawrence, a seventeenth-century French monk, learned to practice the presence of God at all times. And you can, too. Here in one volume are two classic works by Brother Lawrence. Each book reveals how to practice God's presence and see His glory in every facet of your life.
The Practice of the Presence of God is a collection of documented conversations and letters that reveal the heart of this humble man. He wrote, "The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen . . . I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament."
Brother Lawrence's wisdom and spiritual insights have helped bring people closer to God for more than three centuries. The Spiritual Maxims of Brother Lawrence, a lesser known but equally outstanding work, is a summary of his teachings. Throughout, he develops one great theme, best expressed by the psalmist, "In Thy Presence is fulness of joy."
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This little book contains the conversations, letters and spiritual maxims of Brother Lawrence in very modern and easy to understand English translation. His practical devotion is to recognize, embrace and worship the imminence of God. Making every moment of his life, and every simple action, even the washing of dishes, a prayer and sign of that connectedness, as well as surrendering his will to that of God, Brother Lawrence was able to experience the trascendant as the imminent.
There are may spiritual classics out there that are probably better reads than this one, and many that will probably impact the reader more forcefully. However, this simple book about a simple man with a simple way of connecting with God should be read by anyone on that path.
It is a breath of fresh air in the spiritual life, at once liberating and demanding of souls seeking to follow God.
One takeaway: We have little time in this world. Let us love our Creator and seek to remain in His Presence.
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.
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This was a little book that I’ll never forget from years ago. Bro.Read more
We have our own part to contribute with our walk with the Lord and Brother Lawrence is most encouraging.