Sunday, January 29, 2012

My Brother...and Quotation of the Week

My apologies for my neglect of posting regularly to this blog. I have been so very busy, caught up in teaching the Groovy Grammar Workshop at Brave Writer, plus the Medieval History and Intermediate High School Writing courses at Class Day, homeschooling the boys, writing my little stories, and expanding my online grading/editing business at In fact, I've been so consumed with the former activities that I've had to turn away larger projects (book-length editing) for my grading/editing business.

As I prepare for teaching two retreat workshops at the Pine Valley Christian Conference Center for their annual Women's Retreats, I find myself returning to the wisdom of an old friend, Brother Lawrence. I'll be presenting workshops on journaling and on blogging on two consecutive weekends in early March.

I was first introduced to Brother Lawrence through the online community I took part in for many years; his little book, The Practice of the Presence of God, enthralled me from the first page. His devotion to contemplative prayer is inspiring, and I hope to be very much like this simple brother, a dishwasher and gardener of the 17th century, as I "grow up" in our faith.

So for this week's Quotation of the Week, I've chosen a short selection from The Practice of the Presence of God (which is available as a free classic for Kindle e-readers; I just downloaded it for my own Kindle Library at Practice of the Presence of God on Kindle).

So here's my selection...although I have to admit that it's extremely difficult to choose only one quotation from such a wonderfully quotable little book:

"There is no manner of life in the world more sweet or more delicious than continual conversation with God."

--Brother Lawrence (1611-1691), The Practice of the Presence of God

So as I begin to prepare my workshop on journaling for Women's Retreat, I plan to make several points regarding Brother Lawrence, especially how his example of "praying without ceasing" as Saint Paul commands us to do, can be lived out practically through the discipline and joy of journaling.

Practicing God's Presence with you,


Jane D. said...

I found this little book a couple of years ago and love it to. I didn't know I could get it free for my kindle - I must sort that out very quickly indeed.

Susanne Barrett said...

Yes, I was ecstatic to find it for free, too. It's long been one of my favorite books, and I thought that it might be copyright-free...and it is! Thus it's free on Kindle!! :)

Gotta love Amazon's free Kindle Classics; I've downloaded a couple hundred books but have only paid for two, The Twilight Saga and Water for Elephants, the latter on sale for $2.99. ;)

I do love Brother Lawrence! I filled three pages in my quotation journal this morning with quotes from the book. :)


Carol said...

Read this book about thirty years ago, and I read it on a regular basis! Love the Bro. Have you read Letters by a Modern Mystic by Frank Laubach? Modern day Brother L!

Susanne Barrett said...

I'll look into that books, Carol!! Thank you!!! :)


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