As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen, gives examples to illustrate how "mind is the master weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance," so that people may begin to weave in enlightenment and happiness.
"The Practice of the Presence of God" is a challenging text on Christian living and highly recommended for those who are serious about moving forward in discipleship. Having it available as an audiobook (though WHEN will Audible give us logical chapter breaks?) is quite helpful.
I will warn, however, that the pinched and high-pitched narration of Edward Lewis often threatens to take the joyful message and turn it into something of a scold.
Book 5 - Narration 3 - if I could give it 4 1/2 I would.
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I am reviewing the first book of this duo, "The Practice of the Presence of God." If you never read another book in your life, this is the one to read! Brother Lawrence's letters to various friends asking for his advice is spiritually impeccable!
After his life as a foot solder, Brother Lawrence enters a monastery. And there he experiences a spiritual journey with many twists and turns. He then concludes that what he desires most is to become pleasing to God, by practicing what he refers to as the, "practice of the presence of God."
I began to learn from Brother Lawrence, what this experience is like. This spiritual experience is like no other!
While assisting my sister in her used bookstore, I experienced my first pleasing, presence of God. I picked up a book to put it on a bookshelf, the act became sacred. God was there, watching me touch each of the works as if it was for his eyes only. I was transcended into His world of peace and holiness!
I have read this small book at least 25 times. Every time I read it, I am blessed a million times over!
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I will be listening to this audio book over and over. Absolutely fantastic, I would highly recommend it to anyone who is on a spiritual journey, who isn't.
What did you love best about The Practice of the Presence of God & As a Man Thinketh?
Brother Lawrence, who wrote the Practice of the Presence of God, was such a wonderful example of an humble, ordinary Christian who wanted a deeper relationship with his Creator, but was also mindful that as a sinful human being, he didn't deserve one. This weakness became his strength as he learned to pray to God continually. So many great Christians say that the key to everything is prayer, but they don't tell you how to go about making it a regular part of your day, and they don't talk about their personal struggle learning to pray continually. This is an excellent guide for anyone who wants to learn the art of praying continually.
What other book might you compare The Practice of the Presence of God & As a Man Thinketh to and why?
I can't think of one. The Practice of the Presence of God is such a stand-alone work, that it wouldn't do it justice to compare it to anything else.
Did Edward Lewis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
He did OK. I wasn't thrilled about the voice or the vocal inflections, but it was good enough.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes. My soul cried out for more of God in my daily life after I read it.
Any additional comments?
Anyone who wants a guide to praying without ceasing should read the Practice of the Presence of God. As a Man Thinketh isn't bad, either.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
This is a short book. Good thing.....this book is one that is better read instead of listening to it. The narrator read the book as if he was in a hurry; without giving much thought as to how or what he was reading.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Edward Lewis?
Edward Lewis would have been fine as the narrator if he would have slowed down and give some thought as to what was being read.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
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Basically I thought this book would lead the reader to drawing near to God and sin less.
After listening to the book and doing my best to stay awake I have no clue what it's about and my sin level hasn't dropped any.
He does mention to "love God" but I already knew the Golden rule.
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