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The Practice of the Presence of God

by Brother Lawrence

Here is a guide for all Chris­tians aspir­ing to union with God, which, accord­ing to Broth­er Lawrence, is the ulti­mate goal of every soul. The new Image edi­tion of The Prac­tice of the Pres­ence of God is a reis­sue of the 1977 trans­la­tion that was the first to appear in decades. It fea­tures an in-depth Intro­duc­tion by John J. Delaney that exam­ines what is known about Lawrence’s life, how the book came to be, and its ongo­ing rel­e­vance through­out the ages.

In the words of this hum­ble sev­en­teenth-cen­tu­ry lay Carmelite, 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: speak­ing humbly and talk­ing lov­ing­ly with Him at all times, at every moment, with­out rule or sys­tem…” In read­ing these con­ver­sa­tions, let­ters, and spir­i­tu­al max­ims, we learn the key to end­less joy.

In short, this lit­tle spir­i­tu­al clas­sic — in its fresh, con­tem­po­rary Eng­lish trans­la­tion — ren­ders the sim­ple wis­dom of Broth­er Lawrence acces­si­ble to every Chris­t­ian who yearns for the full­ness of life.


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