Review: The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

Heresy alert below.

(Dean Good – Grace Church) Over the years I have heard references to and quotes from this little work.  Recently I have been asked by several people about this book.  So I finally read it.  As I read it, I was somewhat amazed that evangelical Christians would recommend it (as so many do these days).  I will, therefore, take the time to critique this ‘Christian classic’ in some detail, using it as an exercise in discernment.

I will begin by observing that two things struck me immediately, before I ever opened the book.  First, the author goes by the title ‘Brother’ . . . obviously he is a Roman Catholic monk….

Second, I would observe the word practice in the title.  Practice implies method.  You cannot practice the presence of God.  There is no method to take one into the presence of God.  This word practice implies a pagan, mystical approach to God.  Therefore, before I opened the book, I was whole-heartedly expecting to find Roman Catholic mysticism.  When I opened the book, I was not disappointed. View article →

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