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The Practice of the Presence of God

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Brother Lawrence


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    Brother Lawrence was a French monk (Carmelite) who lived from 1611 to 1691. 

    Prior to becoming a monk he was known as Nicholas Herman of Lorraine. Like St. Francis, as a young man he was a soldier, but after becoming a monk he lived a quiet life performing various domestic chores for his monastery.    

   When talking to individuals, Brother Lawrence shared information about his own repeated efforts to keep his attention riveted on God no matter what business was occupying him. He reports that eventually this continual recollection of God became effortless and filled him with peace and joy.      ____________

1958, 1967 by Fleming H. Revell.  Published by Spire Books, a division of Baker Book House Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan.  All rights reserved.  ____________


-Brother Lawrence

The Spiritual Secrets of a Humble Brother Who Enjoyed Closeness with God

A Classic of Practical Christian Devotion ______________________________

"Believe me, count as lost each day you have not used in loving God."  

-Brother Lawrence ______________________________

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. Throughout, he develops one great theme.

(-from the Book's Back Cover) __________________________________

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