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Choose your edition carefully
on 28 March 2013
I went through a lot of reviews and downloaded some of the free Kindle editions before finally selecting this one.
It's easy to say Brother Lawrence is an excellent spiritual guide. I assume that you're only looking for a copy because you already know this. So what you want is to know which version to read. And it appears that they aren't all equal - some, it even appears, have letters merged, and perhaps messages that aren't to the editor's taste, simply removed. If I'm reading Brother Lawrence, I may not be capable of reading Medieval French, but I'd like it to be as true to the original as possible.
That's where this edition comes in. From my limited knowledge, it is true to the original with nothing added and nothing taken away. It includes the notes of the conversations (which is where we get the background to the whole of Br Lawrence's spiritual life), the letters (the letters are great, but each is so specific that you need a context - that's where the conversations come in), and the Spiritual Maxims (of themselves a little too metaphorical, but after you've read the conversations and the letters then they make sense).
I would recommend this edition, and I'll be happy to discuss if you disagree with me, and to read other editions that you recommend. If anyone has a facsimilie in the Medieval French I'd be happy to look at that too!