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What I Believe

What I Believe by Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy's "What I Believe" is a thought-provoking and insightful exploration of his personal philosophy and beliefs. In this collection of essays, Tolstoy delves into a wide range of topics including religion, ethics, politics, and the meaning of life.

Tolstoy's writing is lucid and engaging, drawing the reader in with its clarity and profundity. He tackles complex and profound questions with honesty and integrity, offering readers a glimpse into his innermost thoughts and convictions.

One of the most striking aspects of the book is Tolstoy's keen sense of moral urgency. He challenges readers to reflect on their own beliefs and values, urging them to consider the consequences of their actions and the impact they have on the world around them.

Overall, "What I Believe" is a powerful and thought-provoking read that is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who dares to delve into its pages. Tolstoy's wisdom and insight shine through, making this book a timeless and essential work for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of the human experience.

Book Description:
"The inner working of my soul, which I wish to speak of here, was not the result of a methodical investigation of doctrinal theology, or of the actual texts of the gospel; it was a sudden removal of all that hid the true meaning of the Christian doctrine – a momentary flash of light, which made everything clear to me. It was something like that which might happen to a man who, after vainly attempting, by a false plan, to build up a statue out of a confused heap of small pieces of marble, suddenly guesses at the figure they are intended to form by the shape of the largest piece; and then, on beginning to set up the statue, finds his guess confirmed by the harmonious joining in of the various pieces." (Extract from Chapter 1)

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - August 31, 2013
Subject: Thought-Provoking, Very Well Narrated
Masterly work by Tolstoy on what Christ really taught and how this has been deliberately corrupted by the Church. David Barnes provides a very good narration.
Reviewer: - August 20, 2013
Subject: Truly thoughtful and meaningful look at Christianity
Tolstoy compares the plain meaning of how Christ said Man should live to the corrupt and self-interested version of His teachings that the Church has taught. I can't quite accept the idea that self-defense is ruled out by the injunction not to resist evil, but I have a better understanding thanks to Tolstoy's work. David Barnes is a wonderful narrator of the work.

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