The obscure French monk known as Brother Lawrence was a servant of God who spent most of days following Jesus by serving in a kitchen. Brother Lawrence's discipline and servanthood sets an example for all of us by demonstrating how to recapture the intimate friendship with Christ that was shared by the first disciples. He achieved a concentration on God that was rooted in the everyday practicalities of life. Tony Jones brings his rapport with early Christianity to this new edition of a great work. His thoughtful and challenging comments bring the words of Brother Lawrence into historical context and offer spiritual encouragement. Take a few hours to read this book. You'll never look at your life the same way again.
This edition of a timeless classic--enhanced by Emergent leader Tony Jones--will appeal to college students, readers new to Christian classics, and anyone else who desires to learn how to make spirituality a moment-by-moment way of life. Brother Lawrence's Practice of the Presence of God has stood the test of time because it chronicles the life of a very ordinary person who became an extraordinary Christian. Through a life of humility and service, Brother Lawrence achieved something that many Christians aspire to: he was so concentrated on God that God became a part of his every breath. Whether deep in prayer or peeling potatos in the kitchen, he knew God's presence. This readable translation, replete with enlightening background notes, will appeal to today's reader in ways that no other edition has been able to do.
Tony Jones is the national coordinator of Emergent-U.S. (www.emergentvillage.com) and a doctoral fellow and senior research fellow in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of Postmodern Youth Ministry: Exploring Cultural Shift, Cultivating Authentic Community, Creating Holistic Connections, The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life, The Teaching of the Twelve: Believing and Practicing the Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community, The Most Difficult Journey You'll Ever Make: The Pilgrim's Progress and You Converted Me: The Confessions of St. Augustine. Tony Jones has spent the last two decades working with young Christians as a pastor, missionary, and theologian. Tony lives with his three children in Edina, Minnesota.
Brother Lawrence (1611 1691) was born Nicholas Herman in the Lorraine region of France. As a young man, he fought in the Thirty Years War before joining the Carmelite order. Immediately after his death, The Practice of the Presence of God was compiled from his letters and conversations.