Reading Brother Lawrence by Ken Kuhlken

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Brother Lawrence (c. 1614 - 12 February 1691) was born Nicolas Herman in the Lorraine region of France. After serving with the military during the Thirty Years War he entered a Carmelite monastery in Paris as a lay brother, not having the education necessary to become a cleric, and took the religious name, Lawrence of the Resurrection. He spent most his life within the monastery, working in the kitchen and repairing sandals. Despite his lowly position, his character attracted many. He earned a reputation for experiencing profound peace. Visitors came seeking spiritual guidance. The wisdom he passed on, in conversations and in letters, would later become the basis for the book, The Practice of the Presence of God, compiled by Father Joseph de Beaufort. Brother Lawrence wrote, "Men invent means and methods of coming at God's love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God's presence. Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him?" The Practice of the Presence of God is a classic of Christian literature, loved by Catholics and Protestants and praised by the likes of John Wesley and A.W. Tozer. During a troubled time, novelist Ken Kuhlken discovered the book helped him find some peace and promised even more if he could fully understand. Reading Brother Lawrence chronicles his search for understanding.
 

About Ken Kuhlken

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Ken Kuhlkens stories have appeared in Esquire and numerous other magazines and anthologies, been honorably mentioned in Best American Short Stories and earned a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His novels are Midheaven (finalist for the Ernest Hemingway Award for best first fiction book, 1980), and the Hickey family mysteries The Loud Adios (St. Martins/PWA Press Best First PI Novel, 1989), The Venus Deal, The Angel Gang, The Do-Re-Mi (Shamus Award finalist), and The Vagabond Virgins (February 2008). The author lives in La Mesa, CA
 
Published October 29, 2011 by Hickey's bBooks. 150 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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