Nicholas Herman entered a monastery in midlife and spent the next thirty years as a cook for his order. More importantly, he sought and eventually achieved the ability to walk continually in God's presence, "blessing God, praising Him, adoring Him, and loving Him." Those who knew him delighted in Brother Lawrence's joyful spirit and collected his few writings and published them.
An uneducated man walked into a monastery in the 16th Century, and died a man of great love for God and for others. The life he lead there took him through the self-condemnation of his previous existence and into the light of God's love. Brother Lawrence's writings were compiled by others and have become the touchstone for all who wish to enter into a deeper personal relationship with God.
I have read this short (110 pages)book many times because it's practical application is so true. But like many simple truths, it takes daily practice to apply. Others who I have loaned this book to have shared their personal spiritual growth stories with me. This book, if applied, will change your path with the Lord. God Bless.
Perhaps this quote from the Second Conversation (Chapter) sums it up best: "Brother Lawrence said that he was always guided by love. He was never influenced by any other interest, including whether or not he was saved. He was content doing even the smallest chore if he could do it for the love of God."
Far from a simpleton, he reduced profound spiritual truths to their simplest, easiest to understand level.
How much more classic can you get than Brother Lawrence? Everyone has heard of this book, many, many have read it. I hope many, many are also living it. In the plainest language, this simple man gives a way to live moment-by-moment with the awareness of God's living presence. A lovely and very affecting book.
The slim volume that includes personal letters, a biographical account, and maxims of the simple, humble Brother Lawrence, whose life of love impacted everyone around him. His life with God is a challenge to all of us, to live simply in love.
This is a short book (abridged edition) that is encouraging and uplifting. Even though I may not have agreed with every detail of its content, I still finished the book feeling equipped with some new ways to love and serve God. Great thoughts in this little book!