Book Review: The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence (Five Stars)

Book Review: The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

Five Stars out of Five

“God alone is capable of making Himself known as he really is; we search in reasoning and in the sciences, as in a poor copy, for what we neglect to see in an excellent original.”

That also may be said of modern Christian writers trying to communicate the path of love and faith. This classic of faith has inspired Christians and non-Christians for over three hundred years.

This particular edition is “updated for clarity and readability.” It succeeds. Older translations which fail to convey the simplicity and depth of Brother Lawrence’s message.

A lay Discalced Carmelite, Brother Lawrence worked in a Paris monastery for much of his eighty years. He never sought fame, only God. “The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees before the Blessed Sacrament.”

“All spiritual life consists of practicing God’s presence and that anyone who practices it correctly with soon attain spiritual fulfillment.”

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