From the age of eighteen his spirituality had been profound. At that age he had undergone a life-changing spiritual experience when he felt an overwhelming sense of the knowledge and love of God. He died at the age of eighty in 1691 and this small record of his mind and heart was published in the following year.
First published in 1692, a year after Brother Lawrence's death, this beautifully written and intensely personal little book has been cherished for generations as a rich source of inspiration and guidance for all who seek true and lasting spiritual fulfilment. Nicholas Herman of Lorraine, better known as Brother Lawrence, was born in France in 1611 and came from humble origins. First serving as a soldier, then as a footman, he entered the Carmelite Order in Paris as a lay brother at the age of 55, where he became a cook and immersed himself in the devotional life. For him there was no distinction between 'the time of business' and 'the time of prayer'. He died in 1691 at 80 years of age, honoured by all who knew him.