Pastor Stan’s Recommended Reading

Over the next several months I would like to share with you several books that have influenced my life. My desire is to monthly take the time to introduce books that have made a significant impact in my spiritual journey. The first one I’d like to share with you is a book entitled The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. I read this book for the first time during my sabbatical and it deeply affected me and enriched my hunger for His presence.
It is estimated that in the three centuries since it was first published, more Christians have read this book than any other book other than the Bible. This book is noted as one of the top 25 books every Christian should read by a number of influential Christians. I must agree with its significance in the Christian life and have found it to be one of those milestone books in my life in my pursuit of Christ-likeness.
This book shares a story of a Carmelite monk named Nicholas Herman who became known as Brother Lawrence. He was an uneducated man who lived in the seventeenth century, who due to his lack of education could not become a cleric so entered a monastery as a lay brother. Here within a French monastery he worked in a kitchen as a cook.
Brother Lawrence made it his purpose in life to pursue and continually abide in the presence of God. His recorded experiences within this book, his counsel and observations have awakened a deeper thirst to value God’s presence in my life. There is an amazing simplicity, depth and reality to his faith.
Here we are introduced to several habits that will assist us to attain and live in the habitual sense of God’s presence. Some golden nuggets in this book include Brother Lawrence explaining how he discovered three degrees of union of the soul with God. Further he shares tremendous descriptions of his experience in God’s presence that made me thirsty to discover and reach for more of the Holy Spirit’s presence in my life.
Here is a quote from his book: “The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clutter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the Blessed Sacrament.”

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2 Responses to Pastor Stan’s Recommended Reading

  1. Kim Van Velzen says:

    Thank you! I will be returning regularly to “read” the next good book. I love how you are sharing books that changed, shaped, and walked you through the next steps of your journey. Also, maybe a book I might be shaped, changed or walked through will be listed and chatted about.

  2. terryruth says:

    Absolutely LOVE this book and the lessons Brother Lawrence shares. Such a small book – easy to read. Yes, every Christ Follower should take the time to read it – and Practice the Presence.

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