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The Practice of the Presence of God

The Practice of the Presence of God By Brother Lawrence The Practice of the Presence of God Brother Lawrence was a man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the kingdom of God here on earth It is the art of practicing the presence of God in one single act that

  • Title: The Practice of the Presence of God
  • Author: Brother Lawrence
  • ISBN: 0630809681058
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Practice of the Presence of God By Brother Lawrence Brother Lawrence was a man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the kingdom of God here on earth It is the art of practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end He often stated that it is God who paints Himself in the depths of our soul We must merely open our hearts to receive Him and His loving presence For nearlyBrother Lawrence was a man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the kingdom of God here on earth It is the art of practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end He often stated that it is God who paints Himself in the depths of our soul We must merely open our hearts to receive Him and His loving presence For nearly 300 years this unparalleled classic has given both blessing and instruction to those who can be content with nothing less than knowing God in all His majesty and feeling His loving presence throughout each simple day.
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    1. booklady on said:

      February 7, 2018 Lent starts a week from today If you haven t figured out anything to do yet, why not journey with the French and Austrian Carmelites as they reflect along with Brother Lawrence in his practicing the presence of God The retreat is on line, free and you may sign up here You will receive weekly reflections on this delightful little classic which has fascinated and challenged many since these letters were compiled several hundred years ago The book itself can also be read on line or [...]

    2. Christopher on said:

      Actually, this is of an author review as I don t take issue with the content of the book, which is highly reccomended, but rather the inconsistent lifestyle of the author.Here it is Coram Deo to live before the face of God best sums up the message of Brother Lawrence That even the most mundane tasks can be taken up with glorying in the Lord Jesus.This is one of those places however where we ought to heed the words of Jesus concerning the Pharisees, do what they say but not what they do which hi [...]

    3. Douglas Wilson on said:

      I read this many years ago I think , but just now listened to it on Audible Enjoyed it he has a good functional grasp of grace, even though his theology of it was a little muddy.

    4. Leslie on said:

      One of the best books I ever read I can hardly believe it was written by a virtually unknown kitchen monk from like a billion years ago Seriously useful advice on exactly how to stay connected with God in constant communion Not a bit sentimental Nothing vain or extraneous Nothing obtuse Clear, solid advice A real treasure i ll never part with this book I may just buy copies for everyone s Christmas this year.

    5. Rhonda on said:

      The major barrier to this book is the slightly stilted language I have recommended this to several people and they cannot get past this, essentially missing the book s message If nothing else this makes me understand why the King James Bible remains obtuse for many.Brother Lawrence isn t a famous man and he didn t do anything that should make us place him on a pedestal in the social historical scheme of things However, what this man brings to understanding God on a daily basis, in real life whic [...]

    6. Ebookwormy1 on said:

      Many have heard of Brother Lawrence s quote about peeling potatoes to the glory of God This book is a collection of his letters dealing with the topic of practicing God s presence.This is a short but profoundly meditative read Good stuff for mothers in a hurry who want to ponder a connection with God in the midst of busy days also palatable for people going through a hard time to read little bits at a time and absorb them without charging through Brother Lawrence didn t intend to write a book, a [...]

    7. Jane on said:

      Where I got the book purchased on the Nook yes, it does happen.I m not really sure what to say about this little book I guess I was expecting some great revelation about how to be a better Christian but the basic message here is practice the presence of God every day Hmmm That s a bit like opening a book and finding written inside, This is a book Read it Don t get me wrong, Brother Lawrence sounds like a great guy In fact the book is part memoir, part biography, part letters and so on It s a col [...]

    8. Bob O'bannon on said:

      In a world of constant distraction, Brother Lawrence has much to teach us about offering every moment of our waking existence to a deliberate awareness of God s gracious and intimate presence, whether we re writing a sermon or working in the kitchen One must discipline himself to be mindful of God s constant and immediate accessibility The result is a life of peace and joy, even in the face of a painful death.At the same time, I found myself troubled by at least three things 1 On several occasio [...]

    9. Rachel on said:

      While there is certainly a truism presented in this book, and though I appreciated much in it, I believe it is faulty in that it encourages a mystical view of God and the practice of contemplative prayer Brother Lawrence is listed here as an author than endorses contemplative prayer in this article entitled, The Top 50 Christian Contemplative Books A NOT RECOMMENDED Reading List lighthousetrailsresearch.cFor info on contemplative prayer, visit apprising 2009 11 05 donal

    10. Andrea on said:

      If I would have stopped reading about 3 4 of the way through, I probably would have given this book three stars instead of two I was disappointed to learn that really only about half of this book was written by Brother Lawrence The first section contains a series of conversations recorded by someone who had spoken with Brother Lawrence and the last section was a short biography of his life I found this biography to be so inundated with bad theology and an almost worshipful view of Brother Lawren [...]

    11. Mike E. on said:

      I read elsewhere this book is available as a free Kindle download This review is based on a free version downloaded from 1906, London H.R Allenson, Ltd.Quotes That we ought to give ourselves up entirely to God, with regard both to things temporal and spiritual, and seek our satisfaction only in the fulfilling of His will, whether He lead us by suffering or by consolation for all would be equal to a soul truly resigned 10 That we ought to act with God in the greatest simplicity, speaking to Him f [...]

    12. Brian on said:

      A Catholic man who loved Jesus with all his heart Even Protestants covet this book in our time Since I m a Calvinist, I m one of them.This devotee finds God in mundane tasks, like washing dishes Read in 1999.

    13. Justin on said:

      It keeps coming into my mind how much man would be capable of if his soul were strong in the love of God, if he wanted God as much as he wanted to penetrate the power and glory of God s creation Dorthy Day, Reflections on the presence of God, p.20 His disposition brought him to so great an unconcern about everything and to so complete a detachment, that it was near to the freedom of the Blessed Nothing could hold him to earth his vision was not bounded by time from long contemplation of Him who [...]

    14. Ron on said:

      God alone is capable of making Himself known as he really is we search in reasoning and in the sciences, as in a poor copy, for what we neglect to see in an excellent original That also may be said of modern Christians trying to communicate the path of love and faith This classic of faith has inspired Christians and non Christians for over three hundred years This particular edition is updated for clarity and readability It succeeds I have read older translations which failed to convey the simpl [...]

    15. Stephanie on said:

      Good stuff Free Kindle download Read it through in one sitting You need not cry very loud He is nearer to us than we are aware of There is not in the world a kind of life sweet and delightful than that of continual conversation with God Those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it yet I do not advise you to do it from that motive It is not pleasure which we ought to seek in this exercise but let us do it from a principle of love, and because God would have us It is not necessary [...]

    16. Will Thomas on said:

      A magnificent and challenging book from an uneducated man who humbly set out to serve God, and spent his life in joy His great disappointment was that he never got to suffer as he thought he deserved Brother Lawrence saw his day to day work as service and praise to God He set himself a discipline of awareness of the Divine Presence, until it became his habit and his life For decades he toiled in the kitchen of the monastery, not ordained, but a lay brother, given that job because they found him [...]

    17. Kazango on said:

      I first read this book 26 years ago, and now I must atone for a grave injustice I did it at that time I was asked to read it by an acquaintance, and I agreed with distaste can any good come out of a book written by a Catholic monk I asked my Presbyterian self Accordingly my opinion when finished was that it was a book of no value.How wrong I was Now as a Catholic I am at least honest enough to see that the book is marvelous in proposing to us that we should seek always to be mindful of our Lord, [...]

    18. Natalie Weber on said:

      To be honest, the only reason I read this book is because it was included in the same volume as the afore mentioned book on prayer by Andrew Murray However, I found it to be a perfect continuation of the primary thing God has really been impressing upon my heart this year the importance of walking in the Spirit and performing even the most mundane duties to His glory I loved this thought that Brother Lawrence shares, That in order to form a habit of conversing with God continually, and referring [...]

    19. Jessica on said:

      I absolutely loved this book I was given it to borrow from a friend and when I saw the size of it I figured I d have it done in an afternoon My friend cautioned me to take my time, and I did, reading every page with mindfulness, catching bits of truths and insights not only on every page but within every sentence This is the type of book that can be transforming depending upon the receptiveness of the reader It is possible to experience God in the present moment, throughout one s day, living in [...]

    20. Diane on said:

      Simple, powerful If one used this philosophic, spiritual path Love would be in mind consistently, constantly Alas, the distractions of the illusory world just keep showing up and off I go again But still, his Wisdom remains true and also in my holy mind A very important read.

    21. Ben Larson on said:

      For such a short book it sums up so clearly the way we should practice abiding and remaining in Christ Such a great book

    22. Rachael Marsceau on said:

      This is by far the most Catholic book I ve ever read I was surprised to discover that, apart from one chapter, the book is not written by Brother Lawrence, but rather it is a compilation of letters and conversations collected by a friend of his, who wanted Brother Lawrence s life and service to be remembered after his death While I found the idea of constant prayer and moment by moment submission to the will of God to be motivating and inspirational albeit a little mystical perhaps , I mourned t [...]

    23. Peter Broady on said:

      I first encountered this book while perusing my parent s bookshelf when I was younger perhaps in my early teens and was apparently impressed enough by it that it stuck in my memory, because while thinking this morning about the importance of realistically and continually conversing with others in one s own mind a kind of practice of the presence of others , I was reminded of this book and decided to re read it.What is remarkable about this book is how relatable it is even to someone who does not [...]

    24. Rick Davis on said:

      The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection is, to borrow a phrase, a book for transformation and not merely information In fact, as far as information goes, this book has only one main idea Namely, we should live our lives every moment with the realization that God is present with us, and we should lift up our hearts to Him frequently in a spirit of prayer It s a painfully obvious principle going back to St Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5 17, Pray without ceasing Howev [...]

    25. KC McCauley on said:

      This book will help you acknowledge and realize the presence of God in your daily life He was a man who would pray without ceasing He truly had a heart for the Lord, and reading this book will help you have the same Here is what was said about Brother Lawrence So, likewise, in his business in the kitchen to which he had naturally a great aversion , having accustomed himself to do everything there for the love of GOD, and with prayer, upon all occasions, for His grace to do his work well, he had [...]

    26. Jason on said:

      Brother Lawrence sets an example that we should all strive for in how we are to perceive the world, our relationship with people, work and ultimately our relationship with God through this simple and short book that includes letters that the Brother wrote to various friends and other things that were collected from him or written about him To acknowledge that God is sovereign and that we truly exist and take each breath because God wants us to and that our greatest joy and fulfillment in our lif [...]

    27. Frank on said:

      This is a very old classic and although known by many people I wonder how many can apply his teaching The book consists of some writings about Brother Lawrence and his practice of the presence of God and also letters written by him dealing with the practice he employed for 40 years or so as a monk The book and practice is very simple which means it is very hard to do You can feel the strength of his practice in every line he writes and agree with him 100% but doing it is not all that easy Brothe [...]

    28. Melissa on said:

      I purchased this book out of curiosity after my pastor read a brief excerpt from it in church one Sunday It consists of a record of conversations with, and letters from, Nicholas Herman of Lorraine, or better known as Brother Lawrence , a 17 century monk, regarding his personal walk with God and how to actually practice the constant presence of God in one s own life From the very first page, I ve wondered how I could write a review to properly give this book justice While there are certain small [...]

    29. Eric Bradley on said:

      Although I have had several recommend Brother Lawrence as I have heard it refereed as over the years, for whatever reason I did not read it until now While a wonderful read, I am glad I waited until now because of the depth that this simple book addresses the spiritual life Brother Lawrence was a French monk who simply tried to practice what he calls being in the presence of God by being in constant prayer, even throughout his work day in the kitchen on his monastery The book is collection of te [...]

    30. Gottfried Sam on said:

      After reading the Ignatian spirituality, I am amazed to see that this book lined up with the same message, The Presence of God The I get close with Christ, the deeper I see my wickedness I think, the message which this book taught me was that during tough times, I would to ask God to love him than ever The struggle would be real, but to love him during that time Not easyWe are created to love him, every moment, at times we wander off It is our duty to love him with all our heart I see God work [...]

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