One of the most adored books on living in God's presence comes from an unlikely source— a man who was maimed as a young soldier and. The Practice of the Presence of God is a book of collected teachings of Brother Lawrence (born Nicholas Herman), a 17th-century Carmelite friar, compiled by. About This Book. . being Conversations and Letters of Brother Lawrence .. Having found in many books different methods of going to GOD, and divers.
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The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother of the Resurrection Lawrence
His birth records were destroyed in a fire at his parish church during the Thirty Years War, a war in which he fought as a young soldier. It was also the war in which he sustained a near-fatal injury that left him quite crippled and in chronic pain for the rest of his life.
Brother Lawrence was educated by a parish priest whose first name was Lawrence and who was greatly admired by the young Nicolas. He was well read and, from an early age, drawn to a spiritual life of faith and love for God. At mid-life he entered a newly established monastery in Paris where he became the cook for the community which grew to over one hundred members.
After fifteen years, his duties were shifted to the sandal repair shop but, even then, he often returned to the busy kitchen to help out. For some forty years, he lived and walked with God at his side. It was not until after his death that a few of his letters were collected.
Joseph de Beaufort, representative and counsel to the local archbishop, first published the letters in a small pamphlet. In this small book, through letters and conversations, Brother Lawrence simply and beautifully explains how to continually walk with God, not from the head but from the heart.
It was a shameful thing to quit His conversation to think of trifles and fooleries. We should feed and nourish our souls with high notions of God which would yield us great joy in being devoted to Him.
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He said we ought to quicken and enliven our faith. It was lamentable we had so little. Instead of taking faith for the rule of their conduct, men amused themselves with trivial devotions which changed daily.
He said that faith was sufficient to bring us to a high degree of perfection.
We ought to give ourselves up to God with regard both to things temporal and spiritual and seek our satisfaction only in the fulfilling of His will. Whether God led us by suffering or by consolation all would be equal to a soul truly resigned. He seems to forget that God actually has standards.
Yes, there is grace in abundance, but there are also standards we should strive to attain.
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Lawrence's writing is void of striving to reach these standards. I dare him to tell my mother that her Multiple Sclerosis is a gracious and merciful gift toward God, and to just be happy about it all the time.
I dare him to tell my diabetic uncle to abandon modern medicine and be completely trusting in God to heal him. Brother Lawrence is only half the book, y'all. I've only briefly touched on the numerous things wrong with this book, so if you take anything from this review, just know that Brother Lawrence is the sweetest most encouraging delusional quack out there.
Perfect for every believer. This will be a book I read multiple times. The first conversation in the book recounts Brother Lawrence 's conversion to a deeper commitment to his Christian faith at 18 years old: He spent the rest of his life with this order, dying on 12 February During his time as a friar he was much preoccupied with the cultivating a keen sensitivity to the presence of God in everyday life.
The text attempts to explain Lawrence's method of acquiring the presence of God. A summary of his approach can be gleaned from the following passages. That he was pleased when he could take up a straw from the ground for the love of GOD, seeking Him only, and nothing else, not even His gifts. Translators and readers have been struck by Brother Lawrence's seeming simplicity. Edmonson had a similar experience.
First, from the original French edition of Maximes spirituelles:.These men wrote down details of their pursuit of God in the most mundane activities of daily life Lawrence worked in a kitchen and Laubach was a teacher and missionary , and so showed that it is possible for anyone, anywhere to bring the Kingdom to bear in any circumstance. Sometimes I considered myself before Him as a poor criminal at the feet of his judge.
Edmonson had a similar experience.
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Welcome back. On Worship We ought to propose to ourselves is to become, in this life, the most perfect worshippers of God we can possibly be, as we hope to be through all eternity. We will learn to love Him equally in times of distress or in times of great joy. And there is nothing too small for God.