Practicing the Presence of God
If you wish to know your Lord in a deeper way, you are invited to join the vast host of Christians who, over three centuries, have turned to this book more than any other--except the Scriptures--in order to begin that journey to the depths of Christ.
Imagine a book that is 300 years old and has never been out of print! Such is the book you hold in your hands. Other than Pilgrim's Progress, there is probably no other piece of Christian literature that has stood the test of the centuries so well. An estimated 22 million copies of the original The Practice of the Presence of God have been printed in the English language alone. In recent years, however, interest in this book has waned as the original English edition became so outdated that it was virtually unreadable. The publishers have now revised and reissued this book under the title Practicing His Presence and the profundity, depth, and beauty of Brother Lawrence's masterpiece lives again!
We have included in this edition, not only the letters of Brother Lawrence--from the 17th century--but also those of Frank Laubach--from the 20th century--who, like Brother Lawrence before him, wrote a series of letters chronicling his experiences in practicing the presence of Jesus Christ.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.6" Width: 5" Height: 0.4"
Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 1985
Publisher SEEDSOWERS #611
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|Drawing Near to God Mar 25, 2007|
|Excellent book for those who believe we exist for the glory and honor of God. It will help you get to the point where your agenda no longer controls your life. It will be his agenda that controls. Two classics in one book.|
|A Must Read! Jan 26, 2007|
|This book I believe is a must read by any Christian desiring to live an others centered self sacrificial broken life style before the Lord. This can only be acomplished by staying on our cross and allowing God to have all of us. Practicing His Presence will help us stay focussed on God through out our day. Learning from Frank Laubach and Brother Lawerence's experiences at trying to live this life style can be a blessing to all of us. If you want to know what Heaven will be like, read this book. Because in Heaven we will be in God's presence all the time. So shouldn't we be practicing it here on earth?|
|Practicing His Presence Jan 3, 2007|
|Inspirational and challenging- to walk with God moment by moment communing with Him as Jesus must have. Two men's examples that create desire and do-ability for this most fulfilling of ways to live our life on earth.|
|Practice Makes Perfect! Oct 31, 2006|
|I've read this book three and a half times, each time was almost like reading it afresh. There is so much in every sentence, like a deep well of water. |
Laubach and Brother Lawrence relate simply and openly their experiences in Christ to others, and it is a privilege to get a tad of an understanding of what was in their hearts. If you want to know God and His Christ in a real way, this book, alongside the Bible, will be a suitable companion.
However, let me issue one word of warning: this is not a "get-close-to-God-quick" book. Rather, to truly know God takes time. And this book helps to develop a steadfast hunger to draw near to God like never before.
|A rare gem (spirituality) May 1, 2006|
|A rare gem (spirituality)|
As a "follower of Christ" (Christian) who considers himself an Evangelical Protestant, this little devotional book will hold a special place in my library and my heart. For all Christian believers, the richness and power of Brother Lawrence's life's witness and words are a fountain of Truth, a treasure that is as elegant (spiritually) as it is simple. For the non-believers, I am afraid that reading this booklet (a spiritual treasure in disguise) will just confirm St. Paul the Apostles's words that "the message of the cross is ... foolishness to the Gentiles" (1 Corinthians. 1:18, 23 and 2:14).
The only way to do justice to this booklet is to quote from it and let you get a taste of it ...
This is a unique biography because it is not compiled by the Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (birth name Nicholas Herman but known by his monastic name) but by the ones around his life in 17th century France. Thus one learns very little about the beginnings of his life but very much about his godly lifestyle in the last 30 years of life of bliss (presence of God in his heart) and suffering (3 physical and debilitating ailments).
We learn about this Spirit-filled vessel in God's vineyard - Brother Lawrence, by reading the Eulogy of the abbot of Lawrence's Christian community, 4 short notes of his conversations with his spiritual father - Abb? de Beaufort, 16 very short letters of spiritual advice and encouragement Brother Lawrence wrote to friends and seekers, a manuscript found at his death called "Spiritual Maxims" and a memoir of a leader in the church in France.
The followings are a selection of the many highlights and underlined phrases and sentences from this book:
"Busy yourself with keeping your mind in the presence of the Lord."
"My most normal habit is to simply keep my attention on God, and to be generally and lovingly aware of Him."
"I occupy myself solely with keeping my attention on God and by being generally and lovingly aware of Him."
"We have an infinitely good God who knows what we need."
"Console yourself with the One who keeps you fastened to the cross."
"We should love our friends, but without prejudicing the love of God which must be first."
"Think often about Him; worship Him without ceasing. Life and die with Him. This is the beautiful call in the life of a Christian."
"...we should love one another through our words of counsel and even more through our good examples."
"...our only business in this life is to please God. ... my little progress in the path of perfection."
"I applied myself to practicing the presence of God ... Doing this gave me such a high esteem for God that faith alone was capable of satisfying me."
"A devout woman told me that the spiritual life is a life of grace that begins with service fear, increases through the hope of eternal life, and is consumated by pure love."
MY PRAYER: May we all experience God's love, which truly can consume all other passions, and be filled with His grace which will empower us to truly love our neighbors (Christian and non-Christian) as ourselves. This is my life goal !
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