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The Practice of the Presence of God Hardcover – Oct 11 2005

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (Oct. 11 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590302508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590302507
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #537,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (1611–1691) was a Carmelite monk who spent the greater part of his life in the Monastery of the Discalced Carmelites in Paris.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A simple man with a pure heart Feb. 25 2006
By Dan Grafius - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Shambhala hardbound edition of this timeless classic is the one that I purchased, and I have no idea whether it is in any way preferable to the other editions, but this makes for a small and easy carry. That's a good thing, because this is the kind of book you could keep in your car or carry with you and consult from time to time as a reminder of what's important.

Brother Lawrence was a very simple person. This is one of the highest compliments I can give him, because I believe that the closer we come to God, the simpler we become. Apparently, he was the type of person, at least from outside appearances, who others would not have noticed much. He was somewhat clumsy and prone to accidentally breaking things. He was also someone who probably would not have fit in too well at a cocktail party. But he loved God and had a purity of heart uncommon in even the most religious people of our times. And what's more, he is not someone who wants to keep God all to himself, but who willingly shares his simple practice with others.

With all the prayer and meditation "techniques" available today, and with all the world's different rituals, ceremonies, and sacraments, perhaps the most powerful spiritual practice is the consistent recollection of God. Too simple? Yeah, that's just what our egos want us to believe.

It's hard for me to imagine anyone reading Brother Lawrence and not taking something of value from him. He is humble, simple, and pure. There are no stigmatas here, no divine intercession, and no miracles as a result of Brother Lawrence's life. There is simply a profound love for God and an eagerness to share that love with others. For this reason, there is a universality to Brother Lawrence that transcends religious boundaries. Perhaps I could best summarize his belief system by quoting the last words of this classic edition: "Count as lost each day not used in loving God."
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Life In His Presence March 25 2007
By Ellay - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As web steward of the site devoted to practicing God's presence, a free edition of this classic has been offered on the web since 1999. Please feel free to stop by and print a copy as well as copies of the Little Books of Reflections series and The Gospel - all free for personal use.

I'm delighted to see the many editions available here at Amazon! Just ten years ago, Brother Lawrence had all but disappeared or was out of print.

Originally published as a pamphlet after Brother Lawrence's death in 1691, 'The Practice of the Presence of God' has a truly fascinating history. Though first published in France, it skipped over to Belgium and the Netherlands where it quickly was embraced by the many groups who were the result of what we today call the Protestant Reformation. At one point it was translated into twenty-three languages. (It is thought that Brother Lawrence's little work was first brought to the United States by John Wesley when he made a trip to Georgia.) Then, the little book would seem to disappear for awhile, then reappear. Yet, Our Father has given this little book the staying power of 300+ years. Why?

If anyone has ever so sweetly and succinctly summarized the words of Our Lord in The Gospel, it is the quiet, unassuming Brother Lawrence who said, "There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God; those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it."

Brother Lawrence left the gift of a way of life available to anyone who seeks to know God's peace and presence; that anyone, regardless of age or circumstance, can practice -anywhere, anytime.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Significant Understanding of Intimacy With God/Christ Feb. 6 2007
By M. N. Lindwall - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Do you think it's impossible to commune with God other than in quiet times of prayer and Bible-study? Do you not know that you can truly feel His presence in prayer, is if speaking up into the face of one whom you embrace?

No book can ever substitute the Bible for spiritual truth; but Brother Lawrence brings light to reality in speaking of the practice of the presence of God. This book reveals the reality of walking with God on an intimate level regardless of whether you're waiting for the next cup of coffee at work or simply secluded in your prayer closet. You can practice His presence moment by moment, in silent conversation, in prayer or in submissive listening ("Speak, Lord, thy servant listeneth"). Brother Lawrence's letters and maxims come to us on an earthly and touchable level, despite the fact that they were written in 17th century France between what that time regarded as learned people.

I would greatly encourage people yearning for closeness to God to consider purchasing this book. Though it cannot replace Scripture, it shines yet more light on the application of a constant, intimate relationship woth God/Christ.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Valuable reflections March 22 2007
By .Brn. - Published on
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Excellent book... primarily a memoir of events, and collection of insights.

It always surprises me that some people from different walks of life and religious experiences have a hard time receiving insight and wisdom from someone else seeking God, yet this book provides the wisdom of seeking God in all details and events of life and not merely settling for 'quiet times' of devotion. An excellent resource for protestants, orthodox and catholic alike as well as others. However be warned that you cannot just read straight through, nearly every paragraph is a large thought in itself.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The secret to your prayer life March 12 2007
By glorybe - Published on
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If I would to choose one prayer book, this would be the one. Through the years I have purchased many books of prayer, all beautiful in their own way. But, this one is the answer to the question, "how do we pray always." In this gem of a book, Brother Lawrence reveals that a good prayer life is based on what type of relationship we have with Our Lord. By establishing a close and loving relationship with Our Lord, we find prayer comes easy. By including God in every moment of our lives, we draw closer to the one who loves us the most. Simple thoughts throughout the day and doing our daily work with God in mind, draws us closer to that eternal fire of love. This book, in it's simplicity, guides one on the road of friendship and love that we all seek with the eternal God who desires us to be eventually with him in eternity. God is true simplicity, and this book helps us to see God in simplicity, Love.

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