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Nicholas Herman (c. 1605-1691) was born in Lorraine, France and served as a cook and shoe repairer at a Carmelite monastery. He was only a lay member of the order, and walked with a limp from injuries incurred as a soldier, yet his private thoughts provide a wellspring of devotional insight and refreshment.
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  • Myron
  • 05-05-12

Alternate Title: How to Pray Continuously

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.

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  • Marilyn
  • 03-09-14

One of my top five favourite books of ALL TIME

If you could sum up Practice of the Presence of God in three words, what would they be?

Intimate Adoring Conversation

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It makes me fall on my knees. It makes me change the way I think, speak, reflect.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Kafficho
  • 13-12-16

Bottom Line Transforming Truth Resource

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.

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  • Noel
  • 16-07-14

Brother Lawrence is amazing, Scott Brick isn't

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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.

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  • Jiri Novak
  • 15-11-18

Completely Different Version Of Amazing Classic

I thought this was a same book (The Practice of The Presence of God by brother Lawrence from 1982) which I had for many years and read it many times; marked it all over and outlined almost every chapter. I am very familiar with the content. While listening something seemed very awkward and strange. After rewinding certain chapters and following in the book while the narrator reads the text, I can confirm to you that it has a different wording than my book, in some cases abbreviated sentences ..., words left out ... different word order or more simple word choice. This audio version seems to me as awkward version of this amazing classic by brother Lawrence. I had no idea that there are different versions of this classic.

But the most difficult thing about this audio is the way the narrator reads it .. quite fast in some sections .. something is wanting ..... , with a voice that doesn't represent this book, the tone of his voice comes across as impossible to follow ..., it changes from one level to unexpected flow ... maybe it's just bad audio editing, not leaving enough pause for listener to comprehend what was just spoken a second ago. In some sections you can hear his body language in his voice. I did finish it, but could only listen little bit at a time before it would give me anxiety.

The narrator is probably a wonderful fine young man, however his audio presentation comes across as hard to follow. Maybe it's difficult for me since I have read the book many times. Sorry, I have to return this book. May our God help this narrator to fulfil the purposes of God in his life. We all are in progress and God is so gracious with all of us as we all have come short of God's glory. We all need His love and Grace that helps us to experience His presence in order to be light, salt and witness to others for his glory, that when they see our light they glorify our Father which is in Heaven.

Just for your information, my book version of this classic is: "The Practice Of The Presence Of God" from 1982 by Whitaker House. It was a gift while being in Europe.

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  • Kim
  • 01-10-18

Learning how to Love God in Every Moment

Simple yet profound. The narrator is good, however I would have preferred a slower calmer reading. Listening to Mother Theresa in her own words is like that. Totally worth listening many times.

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  • Anita Johnson
  • 26-08-18

A most excellent way

oh to be like Jesus and to be constantly in his presence. thank you for publishing this audible book!

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  • MLG
  • 06-08-18

Listen and read from time to time

Excellent book.

Something all Christians should read and listen to more than once.

I plan to read and listen to it a few more
times and then revisit it every few months

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  • Nina B.
  • 19-05-18

wow.

do much trust in YHVH here. so many truths. I hope many of you glean as much from this book as possible. the reader makes this book something i can work, and even sleep too. it has som seriously LIFE CHANGING principles in this book, but they take dedication for fruit to become visible. let us all persist in relationship with YHVH just as Brother Lawrence does even now in Eternity.

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  • Obi Emmanuel
  • 22-03-18

I read with delight this precious book.

This is an amazing and very interesting book. I enjoyed it thoroughly and hope to read it again.