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 EmbraceVom Verlag:
This book consists of notes of several conversations had with, and letters written by Nicholas Herman, of Lorraine, a lowly and unlearned man, who, after having been a footman and soldier, was admitted a Lay Brother among the barefooted Carmelites at Paris in 1666, and was afterwards known as "Brother Lawrence." His conversion, which took place when he was about eighteen years old, was the result, under God, of the mere sight in midwinter, of a dry and leafless tree, and of the reflections it stirred respecting the change the coming spring would bring. From that time he grew eminently in the knowledge and love of GOD, endeavoring constantly to walk "as in His presence." No wilderness wanderings seem to have intervened between the Red Sea and the Jordan of his experience. A wholly consecrated man, he lived his Christian life through as a pilgrim—as a steward and not as an owner, and died at the age of eighty, leaving a name which has been as "ointment poured forth.”
The "Conversations" are supposed to have been written by M. Beaufort, Grand Vicar to M. de Chalons, formerly Cardinal de Noailles, by whose recommendation the letters were first published. The book has, within a short time, gone through repeated English and American editions, and has been a means of blessing to many souls. It contains very much of that wisdom which only lips the Lord has touched can express, and which only hearts He has made teachable can receive.
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