Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, trans., John Delaney
This Christian spiritual classic deserves a wide reading. The author, a humble seventeenth-century lay Carmelite, sought to “trust God once and for all and abandon ourselves to Him alone.” Brother Lawrence attained the highest realization by “speaking humbly and talking lovingly with Him at all times, at every moment, without rule or system. . . .” The book is a joy to read because the author’s joy, whose job was being in kitchen peeling potatoes, suffuses the book.