Best Spiritual Book for Depression: “The Practice of the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence

Best Spiritual Book for Depression: The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

The Practice of the Presence of God is one of those books that holds a special place in my heart, like a friend. Read it and you’ll see what I mean. It’s a journal kept by Brother Lawrence, a Catholic monk, about his humble life as a cook in a monastery. It follows his attempt to pray without ceasing. And, oh yeah: it’s free on Project Gutenberg.

Can this book help me overcome depression?

Yes.

Does it address depression specifically? What does it say that can help?

No, it does not. It’s message is awesome, though: Humans are capable of more closeness with the Divine than many of us settle for. We can strive to feel the presence of God every moment. We’ll likely fail–Brother Lawrence did–but in the attempt, we’ll surprise ourselves.

To what degree do you think it can help me overcome depression?

Depression effectiveness rating: 8 on a scale of 1-10

Where can I find it?

The Practice of the Presence of God on Amazon

The Practice of the Presence of God on Goodreads

The Practice of the Presence of God on Google Books

The Practice of the Presence of God on iTunes

The Practice of the Presence of God on Barnes and Noble

Brother Lawrence on Wikipedia

Free Download of The Practice of the Presence of God on Project Gutenberg

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Finally, it happened. After ten years thinking about it, I attempted, as the Apostle Paul once wrote, to “pray without ceasing”–to communicate in an ongoing way with the Divine.

Interested in my results? Get You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends on Amazon.

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