Amid his pots and pans, the author, Brother Lawrence, became so noted for his serenity and joy while he worked at the most menial kitchen tasks that cardinals and theologians came to see him to learn his secret. Even the pope of his day is said to have visited him.
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I was a little skeptical at first about this purchase but my doubts were unfounded. I would truly love to recommend this book to everyone as a day to day reference book. Thank you Brother Lawrence
In the couple of years I have used Audible, I have generally had a great experience. I've really enjoyed most each and every book I've used from Audible. But this book was abysmal. I could not wait to finish it and took pleasure in deleting it from the device.
Let me start out by saying the only fault Audible shares is adding this recording to their library. While the book has a great message of spirituality from the late 17th century, the production almost kills any benefit the message of Brother Lawrence imparts. The narrator reads the text like some kind of self-help salesman, brimming with forced enthusiasm in an attempt to bring home the message. Then, when reading quotes/letters of Brother Lawrence, the narrator does so in some kind of creepy old man voice that sounds like the Crypt-Keeper. As well, the product appears choppy, cutting off mid-story in the transition between chapter 1 and 2.
In the spirit of "Practicing the Presence of God", I would like to offer up my suffering, of listening to a butchering of Bother Lawrence's message, to God. The suffering has been plentiful and a tribute to God and trust in his plan. But if you are a looking for a sign-post on your path to a closer relationship with God, save yourself abundant suffering at the ineptitude of the producers of this work and take another path to Brother Lawrence's message.
This little gem gets down to the basics of walking or rather being present to God every moment. A must read/listen again and again. Since my printed copy has yellowed pages I will be happy to listen to Brother Lawrence' wisdom instead. Thank you for making it available.
I discovered this book in 1988 and re-read it more often than any other book. I enjoyed hearing this reader adopt a rustic tone of voice for Bro. Lawrence, suiting for me how Bro. Lawrence is described by biographers.
The narrator uses his voice in an unbearably theatrical and stylized way. It sounds more like a used car commercial than a simple narrative about one man's relationship with his community and God.
I listened to this book while driving to work each day on my iphone - I did not have an adapter in my car - so I placed my iphone under the shoulder strap of my seatbelt so I could hear. I received some good inspiring quotes that assisted me on my own practice of the presence of God in my life. I only heard of Brother Lawrence recently from a a daily mediation I received from Ransomed Heart ministries.
The narration sounds like an infomercial through the whole book. Very distracting the whole way through. It's like listening to a long movie trailer with this dramatic, incredulous narrating. Shame on you Charlie Glaize. This ruined the book for me. Get a different version if you plan to listen to it. I'm sure it's a great book. I wish I could comment on the content, however, the narration was so terrible that I had trouble understanding what it was about.
This book is a collection of Brother Lawrence's journals and letters and things written about him. If you are expecting a 'how to book' on learning techniques to come into the presence of God, this is not for you. It's more of a collection of sayings and proverbs and accolades about the faith of the lowly monk. I enjoyed it but I wish I would have actually read it and not listened to it. Part two suddenly cuts off into part three. It was hard to track with in audio format. Of course it was written in 1692 by Monks so maybe I'm just not cerebral enough to have enjoyed it.
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