Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday #5: "The Practice of the Presence of God" by Brother Lawrence

Dear kids,

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence is one of those books that holds a special place in my heart, like a friend. Read it and you’ll see what I mean. It’s a journal kept by Brother Lawrence, a Catholic monk, about his humble life as a cook in a monastery. It follows his attempt to pray without ceasing. And, oh yeah: it’s free on Project Gutenberg.

Its message is awesome: Humans are capable of more closeness with the Divine than many of us settle for. We can strive to feel the presence of God every moment. We’ll likely fail–Brother Lawrence did–but in the attempt, we’ll surprise ourselves.

Try it sometime. I did.

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