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The Practice of the Presence of God [Paperback]

Brother Lawrence
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19 May 2010
In this small book of letters and conversations, compiled after his death, Brother Lawrence simply and beautifully explains how to continually walk with God - not from the head but from the heart. Brother Lawrence expresses a way of life available to anyone who yearns to know God's peace and His presence. And anyone, regardless of age or circumstance, can practice it-anywhere, anytime. A direct approach to living in God's presence that is as practical today as it was three hundred years ago.

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  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (19 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452862788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452862781
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Practice of the Presence of God was a pivotal book in my spiritual growth. It showed me there was no division between work that is secular and work that is sacred. When done 'unto God rather than men, ' all work is sacred. And Brother Lawrence, with his sleeves rolled up and his hands elbow deep in the sink, shows us in everyday ways how to turn the kitchens in our lives into cathedrals."--Ken Gire, author of Moments with the Savior, Windows of the Soul, and The Divine Embrace --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Brother Lawrence (1614 – 1691) served as a lay brother in a Carmelite monastery in Paris. Christians commonly remember him for the intimacy he expressed concerning his relationship to God as recorded in a book compiled after his death, the classic Christian text, The Practice of the Presence of God. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspirational 21 Feb 2012
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Brother Lawrence was born 400 years ago. I get the impression that he would have been considered fanatical and radical (for his time), but I found his message of God to be passionate and inspirational. You may wonder how the words of someone who lived so long ago could possibly have any relevance to your life today. The Bible is as relevant today as when it was written 2000 years ago. God's Word never changes. Read this book and let the truths of God touch your heart. Brother Lawrence was certainly led by the Holy Spirit and his writtings reflect the truths contained within the Bible. It is definitely recommended reading to anyone who wants to know the real power of God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Practice of the Presence of God 12 Nov 2009
By mss
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A tiny gem - 100 pages or so. The words and advice of a humble seventeenth century monk who literally followed St. Paul's advice to "pray constantly". A charming book about a simple - very holy man.
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Practicing the Presence of God presents the way Brother Lawrence recommends that we stay in touch with God on a daily basis. It is practical, simple, and, above all, it works. It is not too dissimilar to the concept behind In His Steps (I think that's the title) where one asks at every step, "What would Christ do?" In this case one, in all of one's daily activities (washing the dishes, studying, anything), puts oneself into God's presence (as St. John of the Christ says, it CAN be by imagination, or in reality, or whatever works for you), one dedicates every action to God, and one lets the awareness of God's presence guide every decision and movement throughout the day. Thus life itself becomes prayer, and every move one makes is a sacrament. I know, from experience, that this works, and that this is a very powerful method of bringing God's presence into one's daily activities. What starts by imagination quickly evolves into reality, and this provides both guidance and protection throughout the day. It can also be VERY demanding - God is not just a presence on Sunday morning, or at our meditation sessions - he is actively carried with us throughout the day, so demands are exacted from us concerning our conduct and behavior that are on a very high level. This is NOT thoughtless living! It can be heroism of the highest level. But it can also be one of the most effective methods of making fast progress in the spiritual life. One should commune with God whenever possible - in prayer or meditation - and than take this practice with one in one's daily activities, so one draws upon those inner resources that are awakened through prayer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth reading 4 May 2010
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I ordered this for a friend, who said the book is a real inspiration, so I will probably get another copy, for myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars apt for today 18 Oct 2011
By mrs
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brother lawrence simple life, he shows how when doing the most uninteresting chores that this time can be used in prayer. great book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 7 Jan 2013
By Destiny
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Excellent that this is now on Kindle but we need the one that includes the Principles and The Ways which is the better version as these additional works teach simply how to Practice His Presence which is vital. Can we have it on Kindle please.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent litttle book 29 Feb 2012
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This is an excellent little book that I would recommened to anyone. The theme of the book is how someone can know and feel the presence of God with them in an going way every day. Brother Lawrence discovered the joy of knowing God's presence and feeling the love and pleasure of God towards him. This became his daily experience for 40 years. Brother Lwarence became known to the monastic community where he lived and worked as one who knew God. His fame trickled out into other religious communities nearby and the world around them. The book is short and is made up of several very short chapters (many of them were originally written as letters to friends and acquaintances by Brother Lawrence) which makes it very easy to read - you can read it for 5 minutes a day in a couple of weeks. So if you are somone who prays daily, you can make reading this book part of your daily devotions. This book will help you experience God's love and feel his presence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Practice of the Presence of God 9 Feb 2013
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I recommend to all Christians like me to try and read this book " The Practice of the Prsence of God" it keeps us in tune with the Almighty, especially in this times where there are so many distractions in this world we live today too many worldly conveniences, technologies,and too focused to obtaining wealth which are all material things and we forget God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 9 days ago by robert hindhaugh
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Published 1 month ago by Tillys mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book. Walking in God presence is the best
Very good book .Walking in God presence is the best thing
Published 2 months ago by Mimi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book. I could relate exactly to what Brother Lawrence was saying. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
Published 2 months ago by Mama Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars A short, easy but rich read
A 'must read' - changed my thinking and experience of Him in my daily life.
Published 2 months ago by Deevee
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read classic
A good readable version of a spiritual classic.
Published 2 months ago by Ann Rushbrooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliantly encouraging
Published 3 months ago by Tassi
5.0 out of 5 stars being in the presence of Father God without stress
excellent book! great to give to Christian friends to encourage and model
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic for your library
There are gems in this book to encourage every Christian to live closer to God. Whatever your religious persuasion, you will find in the writings of this humble man of God examples... Read more
Published 3 months ago by M GRAVES
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging!
A life in conversation with God. Brother Lawrence modelled a Godly life, difficult to always replicate in the modern world. Read it and be challenged!
Published 4 months ago by Neil G
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