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The Practice of the Presence of God

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11/06/2009

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There is not in the world a way of life more sweet, nor more delightful than continual converse with God. Those only who practise it, and savour it, can understand it.It was as a lay monk in a monastery kitchen that Brother Lawrence discovered the delight of a continual awareness of God's presence. Despite his modest position, Brother Lawrence's deep joy in his relationship with God led him to counsel numerous people in society, and after his death his wisdom was distilled into the volume THE PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD. An enduring spiritual classic, it remains an inspiring invitation to all who long for more of God's presence in their lives. This new edition includes an introduction by the translator that sets Brother Lawrence in the context of his time, and a foreword by Jennifer Rees Larcombe.

Author Information

Brother Lawrence, E.M. Blaiklock

Brother Lawrence (c.1614-91) was a lay brother in a Carmelite monastery. He is best remembered for the simple, yet profound, insights into the spiritual life contained in THE PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD. Jennifer Rees Larcombe is a bestselling author and runs Beauty from Ashes, a charity dedicated to the restoration of broken lives.

Judges' and contributors' comments

David Winter: The Practice of the Presence of God records the words of an obscure Carmelite lay brother, known as Brother Lawrence, who spent his life in a community in Paris, mostly working in the hospital kitchen. After his death in 1691 friends brought together his writings and conversations relating his remarkable experiences of living in the daily presence of God. The book has been a spiritual classic for over 300 years.

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