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The Practice of the Presence of God (Annotated) [Kindle Edition]

Brother Lawrence , V. Rev. Gregory Bellarmine SSJC+
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Book Description

Fully Annotated Special Edition by the Superior General of the Society of St. John of the Cross

This is the work that has taught generations of Christians how to feel God's love while being in the thick of a busy world. In his letters, Brother Lawrence's example shines through.

A one time solider and a man not formerly educated, Bro. Lawrence takes you to a place where you can find a direct way to know God and to grow in saintliness right now. No matter your circumstances you can know Him into your life now and forever.

To enhance your spiritual journey with Bro. Lawrence, this annotated special edition includes

+An Introductory Essay by Rev. Gregory Bellarmine SSJC+ on St. Paul the Mystic & Brother Lawrence

+A Day in the Life of Traditional Carmelites

+Numerous Book Club Questions

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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

Synopsis

Practical advice for seekers of God.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 211 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Books Today (2 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009L2K4H2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspirational 21 Feb. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
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Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent litttle book 29 Feb. 2012
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Practice of the Presence of God 12 Nov. 2009
By mss
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars apt for today 18 Oct. 2011
By mrs
Format:Kindle Edition
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 7 Jan. 2013
By Destiny
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth reading 4 May 2010
Format:Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom from the Kitchen 1 Oct. 2011
By Mike
Format:Paperback
This timeless classic shows that some of the simplest truths are the most relevant and profound.

Brother Lawrence reminds us that to be a Christian is primarily to have a personal relationship with God through Christ; it's more than a matter of signing up to a particular religion or moral code.

In a few brief letters and accounts of conversations he gives simple practical guidelines for living as a Christian and knowing what it is to be free from guilt and fear - in fact the title says it all, but don't let that prevent you from acquiring this book! I found it managed to be both challenging and encouraging.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant now!
What an example Bro. Lawrence to us - up to date and relevant despite being written many years ago. Praise be to our unchanging, loving God
Published 14 days ago by Jane G Juby
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, a must read book.
This is a brilliant all time classic book. It's very quick and easy to read, something all Christians should read.
Published 24 days ago by Kameal Celestee
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Very interesting read, which is full of wisdom. there is little I can add to other reviews but I would recommend people to read this
Published 28 days ago by Miss Samantha Grayson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by Naz Aslam
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, practical, unfussy.
This is the best and least known spiritual treatise I have ever read. Bro Lawrence, a Carmelite who spent his life in monastic kitchens, describes in simple terms that anyone can... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Revd David Ellington
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 1 month ago by D. M. Littlejohn
5.0 out of 5 stars A concise, powerful message.
Magnificent reading and a great companion for everyday living. Finding peace in God's presence every moment of the day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anne E
5.0 out of 5 stars The way of devotion.
A beautiful book, full of wisdom, showing how a simple but strong faith is a sure way to learn how to live in God's love.
Published 3 months ago by Saffron Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A jewej of a book
Published 3 months ago by Imelda Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure excellence
Loved this book. So profound yet so simple. Need to get "practicing".

I thank God for the humility of Bro Lawrence and for the wisdom of those who kept his letters to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miss S S Cox
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