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  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (28 May 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1499702361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499702361
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,254 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 (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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Churcher on 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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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Dec. 1998
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Townhill on 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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By mss on 12 Nov. 2009
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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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By mrs on 18 Oct. 2011
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Destiny on 7 Jan. 2013
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teresita D.B.Leadbetter on 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Likealaugh on 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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