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Brother Lawrence (1614–1691)

Author of The Practice of the Presence of God

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Brother Lawrence (1611-1691) was born Nicholas Herman in the Lorraine region of France. As a young man, he fought in the Thirty Years' War before joining the Carmelite order. Immediately after his death, The Practice of the Presence of God was compiled from his letters and conversations.
Image credit: Image of Brother Lawrence from a book published by Fleming Revell Co. in 1900.

Works by Brother Lawrence

The Practice of the Presence of God (1685) 5,904 copies, 56 reviews
Practicing His Presence (1973) 44 copies, 2 reviews
The practice of the presence of God (Selections) (1950) — Author; Author — 4 copies

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I liked the good Friar's philosophy: that everyday actions can and should be done as though doing them for God. By looking at life this way, you can open up a more constant conversation with God. As a book, though, I found the text becoming more repetitive the longer I read. Also, Lawrence starts to come across as more pompous than I expected, especially in his letters.
 
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Library_Guard | 2 other reviews | Jun 17, 2024 |
We must trust God once and for all and abandon ourselves to Him alone. This difficult task necessarily requires perseverance and continual conversation with God in all activities great and small.
 
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PendleHillLibrary | 55 other reviews | Oct 10, 2023 |
classic book small format
 
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SrMaryLea | 55 other reviews | Aug 22, 2023 |
While I have heard many good things about this book, it just did not sit right with me. It was very repetitive and seemed to glorify brother Lawrence, which seemed counterproductive to the goal. It also felt incredibly cultish and left me feeling icky.
 
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