Robert Elmer 's Practicing God 's Presence, is a modern translation of the delightful and profound book, The Practice of the Presence of God, originally written in the 1600 's. Practicing God 's Presence has been a required reading at many colleges and loved by thousands as a classic and favorite devotional. Elmer re-wrote it in today 's language, making it much easier to understand than its predecessor. The Vicar de Beaufort recorded memories of his conversations with Brother Lawrence, a seventeenth-century monk, and sixteen letters he had written to longtime friends, which reflected his sweet, simple and wholly trusting faith in God. Brother Lawrence especially seemed to take the admonitions to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength" (Deuteronomy 6:5), "Pray without ceasing" (I Thessalonians 5:17), and "Fix your eyes on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2) to heart, as reflected in this lovely book.
Lawrence explained to Beaufort that he determined to do all he did, even the simplest of tasks, from doing the dishes to picking up trash on the ground, for the love of God. He always tried to work for the Lord in all he did, and applied his whole heart to loving and knowing him. He decided that "the shortest path to God called for a constant exercise of love." By applying himself to do everything for God 's love in every waking moment of the day, he came to know and experience God in a real and powerful way. Instead of being diverted by the issues of daily