Westminster, Maryland: The Newman Press, 1952. Early edition. 12 mo. (7 1/2 inches tall), original green cloth, original dust jacket. Gentle toning to spine, closed tear to front panel of bright dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #791
"IN THE WAY OF GOD, THOUGHTS COUNT FOR LITTLE, LOVE DOES EVERYTHING" Early printing collecting Brother Lawrence's complete teachings on the fostering of an awareness of God in everyday life. Toiling in the kitchens of a Carmelite monastery in Paris, the lay brother was destined for a life of invisibility before he came to the attention of the abbot, Joseph de Beaufort. Brother Lawrence "accomplished no great deeds and left no writings beyond a handful of letters. Were it not for the impression he made on de Beaufort, his life would be a total obscurity, one of the anonymous saints of everyday life who, for all we know, are secretly at work redeeming the world" (Robert Ellsberg). Beaufort compiled letters, meditations, and most significantly, the various conversations with Brother Lawrence. "An account of these conversations was later published under the title The Practice of the Presence of God—a phrase that neatly summarized the substance of Brother Lawrence's spirituality" (Robert Ellsberg). Composed of five sections: A Eulogy of Brother Lawrence (by M. L'Abbé Joseph de Beaufort), The Ways of Brother Lawrence (Beaufort), Interviews (1666-1667), Spiritual Maxims, and Letters of Brother Lawrence. "Lawrence drew a sharp between the understanding and the will, discounting the former 'In the way of God,' he said, 'thoughts count for little, love does everything'" (Frank Magill). Translated by Sister Mary David, S.S.N.D. and first published by the Newman Bookshop in 1945. Approbations. Ellsberg, All Saints. Magill, Masterpieces of Christian Literature.