This is not a story and does not focus on Brother Lawerence's life. It gives numerous excellent examples on how to conscientiously include God in every aspect of your life no matter what you are doing. If that is your goal then this is a book I would recommend.
At times it is rather dry but what would you expect from notes and letters from a 16th(?) century lay brother living at a monastery? However, it is only about an hour long.
There are other readers of this title and I listened to all the available excerpts and found this read to be the best of the group. He sounds more conversational and has a pleasant voice. He speaks clearly without sounding institutional.
Intimate Adoring Conversation
That it is 400 years old and translated into the exquisite language of 19th century English. That it is the way to learn to live the first and most important reason you are here: to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.
Brother Lawrence in a letter writes, ``you may think this is all I talk about, It is true.`` I love that line, It is true. The narrators voice brings the heart of BL to life! Bravo Scott Brick! I can see, feel and aspire to his pure heart of integrity, to `think nothing, say nothing and do nothing but for the love of God. Imagine a man like that, a women like that! I love how BL uses feminine pronouns to describe his soul.
It makes me fall on my knees. It makes me change the way I think, speak, reflect.
He ``suffered much`` the first ten years practicing the presence of God. It`s not like flipping a switch it is a consistent forming of the mind and spirit. If it would take me ten years to pursue the heart of God, and find it the way Brother Lawrence found it, then I will start my quest now.
I was introduced to this book early in my walk with Jesus. It helped to transform how I viewed and practiced praying. One of my favorite things about this book was the humility of Brother Lawrence. He didn't want this book published while he was alive. It seems he wanted neither the credit or the glory that belongs solely to GOD.
I have read through my paper copy of this incredible little book many times. Unfortunately, Scott Brick is totally the wrong reader for this title. It requires a humble, gentle presentation, and these are not Brick's qualities (at least not when he reads). My advice is to buy the book and read it yourself.
I read this book some years ago and took some good things from it. The audible version, with its excellent narration by Scott Brick, brings the human voice to what may seem dry on the printed page. What seemed beyond daily reality, from a mind and spirit already elevated past my grasp, is brought closer and made more possible in this reading of the short collection of conversations and letters, which describe a deliberate awareness of and reliance on God's constant presence.
That the voice I have enjoyed in crime and suspense novels carries sincerity and conviction in the narration of this book could be surprising, but it is not. Scott Brick is that good.
I urge anyone to listen to the simple yet profound thoughts of Brother Lawrence, repeatedly.
Two books were highly recommended to me. "Mere Christianity" and this book. I really liked Mere Christianity - give it 5 stars - but this book "Presence of God" was too ... "Floaty". I probably just need to read again. I hope you are more blessed and encouraged by it. Brother Lawrence does have the right mind set and one day I hope to have as much patience and joy as he had.
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