The Practice of the Presence of God [Whitaker House, 1982]
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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, where ever we are, be it in a bustling kitchen or on our knees in prayer. A classic in Christian literature. This edition is abridged and updated, while keeping the essence of the message intact. It contains 4 parts: Conversations, Letters, Spiritual Maxims, and The Life of Brother Lawrence.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 1982
Dimensions: 4 1/8 X 7 X 1/4 (inches)
ISBN: 0883681056
ISBN-13: 9780883681053
UPC: 630809681058

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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 souls. We must merely open our hearts to receive Him and His loving presence.
As a humble cook, Brother Lawrence learned an important lesson through each daily chore: The time he spent in communion with the Lord should be the same, whether he was bustling around in the kitchen—with several people asking questions at the same time—or on his knees in prayer. He learned to cultivate the deep presence of God so thoroughly in his own heart that he was able to joyfully exclaim, "I am doing now what I will do for all eternity. I am blessing God, praising Him, adoring Him, and loving Him with all my heart."
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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Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (1605–1691) was a lay brother in the Parisian Carmelite Order, which practiced extreme asceticism. He taught that one’s "entire call and duty" was "to adore God and to love Him, without worrying about the rest." While looking at a barren tree one wintry day, the eighteen-year-old Lawrence realized that this tree would blossom once again. He was profoundly moved by God’s providence and overcome with love for God. He was not only converted that day but also forever committed to serving God wholeheartedly. He believed that by accepting God’s help and guarding our souls by keeping them in tune with God’s will, we can have constant fellowship with the Lord. He died peacefully at the age of eighty, embraced in the arms of the Lord he had loved and served.

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  1. Wick
    Evansville, Indiana
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    Needs Bible Verses
    March 6, 2018
    Wick
    Evansville, Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
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    The Practice of the Presence of God is a collection of spiritual insights into the heart of God as revealed through Brother Lawrence's letters, conversations, and his life itself. Brother Lawrence was a lay brother in a Carmelite monastery in France during the 1600s. As a result of not receiving the proper education, he was unable to become a priest and instead served primarily in the monastery kitchen cooking and cleaning. Despite Brother Lawrence's humble position, many were attracted to Brother Lawrence and sought his guidance. He is most remembered for his strong sense of contentment and the close relationship he felt he had with God. If Brother Lawrence had a life verse, it probably would have been 1 Corinthians 10:31 which says, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." Sadly, Scripture is totally lacking from Brother Lawrence's book. For those who have gained much from Brother Lawrence and this book, this is not an attack against him; I am merely reviewing the book. If we want to learn about God, it would be best to use His words and not just our own. Of course, we can learn about God through His creation and the changed lives of others, but Scripture is the infallible Word of God. It is perfect. If a book wants us to better understand how to truly practice the presence of God, the use of Scripture would be best. The Practice of the Presence of God might be considered a classic in some circles, but I found it to be a rather dry and repetitive read that lacked the essential.
  2. In His presence always
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    Always in His presence
    March 5, 2018
    In His presence always
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a wonderful book to have. These letters that were written so many years ago have been so helpful to me today. I love this book and refer to it often.
  3. skeeter
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    Peace I give you
    August 1, 2017
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    While this practice is difficult to do in our busy world, this small book is worth reading. It helps you to be more aware of God in your everyday life. Brings peace to your soul.
  4. Russ
    Walpole, MA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A voice from the Past
    January 18, 2017
    Russ
    Walpole, MA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The book captures the essence of our life on this earth in His kingdom: "...I am God Almighty, walk before me and be blameless" Genesis 17:1.
  5. Mike
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    Gender: male
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    Practicing the Prescence of God
    October 2, 2014
    Mike
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    This is a classic. That's what everyone who knows about this book will tell you. But its more than that, it is a challenging book that lets you know that a deeper walk with the Lord is possible. The book is small, the practicing of it requires a lifetime. But the applying of the practices suggested, reap daily rewards, whether the times you are experiencing are good or bad.
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