The Practice of the Presence of God

Author: Brother Lawrence
Publisher: Sai ePublications via PublishDrive
ISBN: 9781304553171
Release Date: 2017-01-05
Genre: Religion

FIRST CONVERSATION The first time I saw Brother Lawrence, was upon the 3d of August, 1666. He told me that GOD had done him a singular favor, in his conversion at the age of eighteen. That in the winter, seeing a tree stripped of its leaves, and considering that within a little time the leaves would be renewed and after that the flowers and fruit appear, he received a high view of the Providence and Power of GOD, which has never since been effaced from his soul. That this view had perfectly set him loose from the world, and kindled in him such a love for GOD, that he could not tell whether it had increased during the more than forty years he had lived since. That he had been footman to M. Fieubert, the treasurer, and that he was a great awkward fellow who broke everything. That he had desired to be received into a monastery, thinking that he would there be made to smart for his awkwardness and the faults he should commit, and so he should sacrifice to GOD his life, with its pleasures: but that God had disappointed him, he having met with nothing but satisfaction in that state. That we should establish ourselves in a sense of GOD'S Presence, by continually conversing with Him. That it was a shameful thing to quit His conversation, to think of trifles and fooleries. That we should feed and nourish our souls with high notions of GOD; which would yield us great joy in being devoted to Him. That we ought to quicken, i.e., to enliven, our faith. That it was lamentable we had so little; and that instead of taking faith for the rule of their conduct, men amused themselves with trivial devotions, which changed daily. That the way of Faith was the spirit of the Church, and that it was sufficient to bring us to a high degree of perfection. That 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 he lead us by suffering or by consolation, for all would lie equal to a soul truly resigned. That there needed fidelity in those dryness, or insensibilities and irksomenesses in prayer, by which GOD tries our love to him; that then was the time for us to make good and effectual acts of resignation, whereof one alone would oftentimes very much promote our spiritual advancement. That as for the miseries and sins he heard of daily in the world, he was so far from wondering at them, that, on the contrary, he was surprised that there were not more, considering the malice sinners were capable of; that for his part he prayed for them; but knowing that GOD could remedy the mischiefs they did when He pleased, he gave himself no farther trouble. That to arrive at such resignation as GOD requires, we should watch attentively over all the passions which mingle as well in spiritual things as in those of a grosser nature; that GOD would give light concerning those passions to those who truly desire to serve Him. That if this was my design, viz., sincerely to serve GOD, I might come to him (B. Lawrence) as often as I pleased, without any Fear of being troublesome; but if not, that I ought no more to visit him.

The Practice of the Presence of God

Author: Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection OCD
Publisher: ICS Publications
ISBN: 9780935216219
Release Date: 1994-12-13
Genre: Religion

The only English translation of the French critical edition, this volume includes a general introduction, bibliography, and testimonies about Brother Lawrence by those who knew him. With 5 photos and illustrations. More Information The third centenary of the death of Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection inspired the Belgian Discalced Carmelite Conrad De Meester to present this new critical edition of Brother Lawrence's classic on the Practice of the Presence of God, including all of his letters, maxims, and conversations. This book also contains a detailed general introduction to the life and works of Brother Lawrence, as well as the testimonies of his biographer.

The Practice of the Presence of God

Author: Harold Myra
Publisher: Discovery House
ISBN: 9781627077507
Release Date: 2017-09-26
Genre: Religion

People all over the world have been inspired and encouraged by the classic memoir of Brother Lawrence. This special edition unpacks core insights that cut to the heart of an intimate relationship with God. This version modernizes the text and includes a 40-day devotional that parallels the content for enhanced understanding. Through the stories of Brother Lawrence’s struggles, Scriptures that inspired him, and his humble words of wisdom, you’ll find encouragement to help you focus your heart and mind on God and faithfully live in His presence.

The Practice of the Presence of God and The Spiritual Maxims

Author: Brother Lawrence
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486112534
Release Date: 2012-03-02
Genre: Religion

This simply written little book about prayer and Christian life combines two classics in one — each a primer of practical Christian devotion that beautifully conveys the thoughts of a 17th-century Carmelite monk.

The Practice of the Presence of God and Spiritual Maxims

Author: Brother Lawrence
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 9781300624400
Release Date: 2013-01-11
Genre: Religion

In this dual title combo of "The Practice of the Presence of God," and "Spiritual Maxims," we are able to catch a glimpse into the inner life of Brother Lawrence, and learn to walk in communion with God in a similar manner. Brother Lawrence lived from 1605-1691 as a mystic lay-minister in a monastery in France. Four-hundred years ago, Brother Lawrence learned how to continually abide in the presence of God. He learned the secret of continually abiding, and conversing with God. Whether he be in his time of prayer, or serving by washing dishes, the eyes of his heart were captivated by God. The writings of Brother Lawrence will be sure to urge you on into deeper fellowship and intimacy with God.

The Practice of the Presence of God

Author: Martin Laird
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317076568
Release Date: 2016-11-18
Genre: Religion

Exploring the unity of the practice of prayer and the practice of theology, this book draws together insights from world-class theologians including Rowan Williams, Andrew Louth, Frances Young, Margaret R. Miles, Sebastian Brock, and Nicholaï Sakharov. Offering glimpses of the prayer-life and witness that undergirds theological endeavour, some authors approach the topic in a deeply personal way while others express the unity of prayer and the theologian in a traditionally scholarly manner. No matter what the denomination of the Christian theologian - Greek or Russian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist - authors demonstrate that the discipline of theology cannot properly be practiced apart from the prayer life of the theologian. The prayer of the theologian shapes her or his approach to theology. Whether it be preaching, teaching, writing or research, the deep soundings of prayer inform and embrace all.

Practicing the Presence of God

Author: Tony Jones
Publisher: Paraclete Press
ISBN: 9781557257697
Release Date: 2010-06-01
Genre: Religion

This edition of a timeless classic--enhanced by Emergent leader Tony Jones--will appeal to college students, readers new to Christian classics, and anyone else who desires to learn how to make spirituality a moment-by-moment way of life. Brother Lawrence's Practice of the Presence of God has stood the test of time because it chronicles the life of a very ordinary person who became an extraordinary Christian. Through a life of humility and service, Brother Lawrence achieved something that many Christians aspire to: he was so concentrated on God that God became a part of his every breath. Whether deep in prayer or peeling potatos in the kitchen, he knew God's presence. This readable translation, replete with enlightening background notes, will appeal to today's reader in ways that no other edition has been able to do.

The Practice of the Presence of God the Best Rule of a Holy Life The Original Classic Edition

Author: Lawrence Brother
Publisher: Emereo Publishing
ISBN: 9781486416981
Release Date: 2012-10-24
Genre: Fiction

I first learned about this wonderful little book through another very useful book entitled Great Books of the Christian Tradition by Terry Glaspey. Glaspey is a Christian booklover whos well read in Christian literature and considers this book one of the top ten that every Christian ought to read. The value of Brother Lawrences book is seen in the fact that it is one of the favorites of some of the other authors on Glaspeys top ten list: A.W. Tozer (author of The Pursuit of God) and Richard Foster (author of A Celebration of Discipline). Another popular Christian author (who is a Quaker like Foster) that was influenced by Brother Lawrence is mentioned in the introduction by Hal Helms in Paraclete Presss edition of The Practice of the Presence of God: Hannah Whitall Smith (author of The Christians Secret to a Happy Life). Mrs. Smith called Lawrences book one of the most helpful books I know. And still another Quaker, Thomas Kelly (author of the classic, A Testament of Devotion), treasured Brother Lawrences book as well. This is just a small handful of major authors influenced by this classic that testifies to its enduring value in the broader Christian community. Ive read all of the above classics and therefore can personally testify that Brother Lawrences principles are reflected in all of them! Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (a.k.a. Nicholas Herman) lived in the 17th century and was a monk within the Carmelite Order of the Roman Catholic Church. This was the Order of such notable Christian mystics as St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross who authored other seminal mystical texts. The Practice of the Presence of God is a small book of compiled documents of various literary genres. The one who compiled them was the Abbe of Beaufort who is the author of the Eulogy portion of the book. He was a close friend to Brother Lawrence and, at the request of others, published his eulogy along with four conversations he had with Brother Lawrence and sixteen letters from Brother Lawrence to various individuals (Reverend Mother N {for name}, Reverend Father N, and Madame N). Also included in the compilation are Spiritual Maxims that condense his fundamental spiritual principles and teachings. Included in The Paraclete Presss edition of this classic is a memoir from the Abbe de Beaufort entitled Brother Lawrences Way of Life, published around two years after his Eulogy and recorded conversations. Overall, The Paraclete Presss edition is a good compilation and translation (by Robert Edmonson) of this classic work. The title of the book speaks volumes as to what the book is about. Brother Lawrence was a very practical man whose struggles were common ones that we can all relate to. His sincere honesty (and that of the Abbe) is apparent throughout and his spirituality is simple to understand. Application, however, may not be so simple at first, but with disciplined PRACTICE one can turn ones life into a perpetual prayer to God. Remember, prayer is more than just words on the lips (although that is important too!); it is a humble attitude of a heart that has abandoned itself to the God of grace! Whatever the task is at hand (including such a mundane task as washing dishes like Brother Lawrence), one can offer it up to God in an act of love and worship. Everything one does becomes sanctified as one lives unto God and follows the Holy Spirits leading. Two wonderful companion volumes to this book are Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade (one of my favorites!) and the Eastern Orthodox classic The Way of a Pilgrim by an anonymous Russian pilgrim. The former beautifully expounds on the same principles of Brother Lawrences book and the latter reflects that same concern to pray without ceasing which is what practicing the presence of God is all about.

The Practice of the Presence of God

Author: Brother Lawrence (of the Resurrection)
Publisher: Paraclete Press (MA)
ISBN: 1557256942
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Religion

In this classic work, a humble 17th-century monk reveals the secrets of daily, moment-by-moment fellowship with God. This edition, rendered from the original French into graceful, contemporary English, will nourish and delight all those who seek to practice the presence of God.

The Practice of the Presence of God

Author: Brother of the Resurrection Lawrence
ISBN: 154427775X
Release Date: 2017-03-09

The Practice of the Presence of God is a book of collected teachings of Brother Lawrence (born Nicholas Herman), a 17th-century Carmelite monk, compiled by Father Joseph de Beaufort. The compilation includes letters, as well as records of his conversations kept by Brother Lawrence's interlocutors. The basic theme of the book is the development of an awareness of the presence of God.

The Practice of the Presence of God

Author: of the Resurrection Lawrence, Brother
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1475289812
Release Date: 2012-05
Genre: Religion

It was as a lay monk in a monastery kitchen that Brother Lawrence discovered the delight of a continual awareness of God's presence. His deep joy in his relationship with God led many people to seek his counsel, and after his death his wisdom was distilled into this simple volume, which has remained an enduring spiritual classic.

Tending to the Holy

Author: Bruce G. Epperly
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781566996471
Release Date: 2009-10-02
Genre: Religion

Tending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry invites pastors to embody their deepest beliefs in the routine and surprising tasks of ministry. Inspired by Brother Lawrence's classic text in spirituality, Tending to the Holy integrates the wisdom and practices of the Christian spiritual tradition with the commonplace practices of pastoral ministry. Bruce and Katherine Epperly utilize a variety of spiritual disciplines especially Benedictine, Celtic, Ignatian, Rhineland, and process spiritualities to provide a framework for helping clergy nurture the awareness of God, creative imagination, and personal well-being in every aspect of their ministerial lives. Practicing God's presence in the ordinary tasks of ministry inspires wholeness, spiritual transformation, vision, imagination, endurance, and healthy self-differentiation in ministry. Commitment to joining spiritual practices with the routine and repetitive tasks of ministry provides an important antidote to unhealthy stress, burnout, and loss of vision in ministry. By seeing their congregational leadership in terms of spiritual transformation, imaginative practice, and relational interdependence, ordinary ministerial practices can become ways pastors can deepen their relationship with God. Growing out of their work with pastors at every season of ministry, as well as combined ministerial experience of nearly sixty years, Bruce and Katherine Epperly invite pastoral leaders to complement and expand on their understanding of spiritual leadership, pastoral excellence, and self-care, integrating traditional and contemporary spiritual practices with the concrete arts of ministry.