2014-02-27

The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence

FREE BOOK! The Practice of the Presence of God the Best Rule of a Holy Life.  
By Brother Lawrence 

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This is one of the true classics of Christian mystics and believers who love God’s presence. 

Here is one of the most beautiful and touching stories of Christian devotion ever written. Brother Lawrence was a Carmelite Brother known for his profound peace and deep relationship with God; many came to seek spiritual guidance from him. 

The wisdom that he passed on to them, in conversations and in letters, would later become the basis for the book. This edition has two translations of this book to help the reader find a more complete understanding of this wonderful and enduring story.

A former soldier, French mystic Nicholas Herman, aka Brother Lawrence (1611-1691), was converted to a powerful love of God at age 18 by a humble observation of nature.

In his monastery kitchen discovered an overwhelming delight in God's presence. His thoughts, collected in these two uncomplicated works of devotion, remain among the most pure and most powerful adorations of the divine.

[From a 5-star review]  “Everything is found in His presence. Words can't capture the essence of the profound experience of the intimate place. Brother Lawrence however is an amazing individual with the gift of transferring experience through language. 

I would say this book should be a staple in every home. Our children should have it on their must read list. Short opinion disclaimer: I don't believe our suffering comes from God. He doesn't torture us into something better. He is though found more profound in our suffering. Grace flows super-abundantly in weakness. This is a must read. Enjoy.