Brother Lawrence was a man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the kingdom of God here on earth. A "lay brother" among monks in the 1600s, Brother Lawrence went to serve in a monastery at the age of 55. Among his menial tasks were cooking and cleaning up for the order. While his hands did common work, he discovered his life's passion: the discipline of constant prayer and praise. He considered it his honor and his duty. It is the art of "practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end."
He often stated that it is God who paints Himself in the depths of our soul. We must merely open our hearts to receive Him and His loving presence. For nearly 300 years this unparalleled classic, Practice of the Presence of God, has given both blessing and instruction to those who can be content with nothing less than knowing God in all His majesty and feeling His loving presence throughout each simple day.