Book Review: The Practice Of The Presence Of God

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The Practice Of The Presence Of God, by Brother Lawrence

One of the things that one learns as a reader of books of Christian mysticism [1] is that the best of these books are often in a conversation with other books on the same subject that are similarly viewed as classics.  For example, Brother Lawrence was himself a humble monk in a French monastery who would be largely unknown to history if his letters and maxims and eulogies from some of his friends had not been collected in a volume that ended up inspiring many generations of later mystics who sought the peace that comes from feeling one is in a close personal relationship with God.  However, the particular monastery that Brother Lawrence was a part of was a very conservative one that followed the example of previous devout Catholic mystics Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, who…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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