Outside of the Bible, the most helpful book I have ever read is The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. It is less a book and more a small collection of short writings by and about a 17th-century French monk named Brother Lawrence (1614-1691). This man found intimacy with God by living the normal routines of life “in His presence.”
With all the busyness of modern life you might think that the life of a 17th-century monk has little to do with yours – but you’d be wrong. This is because his great peace with God came from none of the things you’d associate with monastic life. That is, it didn’t come from prayer or rituals or instruction. Rather it came from doing the mundane things that we all have to do – yet doing them with a view to pleasing the God who created us and loves us.
You can find the book in most bookstores and libraries. You can also find it online as it has no copyright protection (such as here, or you can simply search the web using the title). A few minutes of your time will open your life to the discovery of just how wonderful and simple life with God can be. Not easy – simple.
See also Practicing the Presence of Christ.
Bible notes on this post.
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