French born Nicholas Herman, known as 'Brother Lawrence' (c. 1614 – 12 February 1691) was a monk and writer who entered the Discalced Carmelite monastery in his mid-thirties, after a conversion experience. Known for his simple and practical approach to achieving union with God, Brother Lawrence "practiced the presence of God" by constantly being mindful of God's presence in everyday life, and his teachings and letters, compiled in "The Practice of the Presence of God," have been widely read and influential in Christianity. He served in various menial roles in the monastery, such as cook and shoemaker, but maintained a deep spiritual life through constant prayer and contemplation of God's presence. He believed that we can achieve a deep intimacy with God through constant awareness and trust, even in the midst of mundane tasks. He encouraged others to do the same, regardless of their status or occupation.