The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
This is a spiritual classic that you may have heard of, but never read. It is a series of letters and conversations from a lay monk who worked in the kitchens of a Monastery in Paris in the 1600’s. He came from a poor peasant family, and being unable to read or write was denied the religious life of a monk. However his desire to know more of God was so deep that he determined to find a place and was appointed as a lay brother to work in the kitchens. It was there that he learned to practice the presence of God, developing such a deep peace and joy that, as years passed, many sought his counsel. Reading about his simple approach to God and its profound effect upon his life cannot leave us unchallenged in our often over-cluttered lives. This is certainly a text worth reading.