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Where Love Is, There God Is Also

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Written by one of the world's most famous and beloved storytellers, this attractively packaged book includes three tales: Where Love Is, There God Is Also, The Hermits, and What Men Live By.
Tolstoy is best known for his classic works, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published April 10th 1885)
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Ken Moten
Jan 13, 2014 Ken Moten rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who keep telling that damn "flood parable."
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.

There is an old parable often told and I will give you the most abridged summary of it I can: "A man is trapped on his house during a flood and the water is rising. He ask God to help him and after numerous attempts by people to rescue him by boat and helicopter fail (because he is assured God will come and rescue him) he dies. He goes to heaven and ask why God did not come down and save him and God says, "I sent you boats AND a helicopter, what did you think t...more
Lisa N
“The world moves, not by our skill, but by God’s will….You are in despair because you wish to live for your own happiness.”

Classic tale of shoemaker Martin Avdeith who has a dream in which Christ tells him He will come visit him the next day. While waiting for a visit from Christ, Martin helps 3 others instead. At the end of the day, he is wondering why the Savior did not come. Martin realizes that the Savior really had come to him that day and he had received Him, as he reads: “Inasmuch as ye h...more
Mindy Cheah
This is definitely a book for religious Christians. Tolstoy's "Where Love is there is God Also" is a short story about an impoverished cobbler who is old and without children or a wife in czarist Russia. One day, he receives a visit from a traveling priest he used to know who wishes to have his leather bound Bible repaired. As they talk, the cobbler admits that he has become estranged from God since the death of his young son. The priest speaks words of encouragement and promises to pray for the...more
mirela Darau
beautiful, inspiring, soothing, with a simple but clear message. my favourite exerpts are from the first and the last one:

"Martin, du redest toricht, wir haben kein Recht uns uber Gottes taten ein Urteil zu erlauben. Der Mensch denkt, und Gott lenkt. Deinem Sohn hat Gott bestimmt zu sterben - dir aber zu leben. Also muss es so richtig sein. Wenn du aber darum verzweifelt bist, so kommt das daher, weil du nur zu deiner eigenen Freude leben mochtest." Wo die Liebe ist, da ist auch Gott

"den Mensch...more
Three parables/stories, each with a lesson for Christ-like behavior. The stories are: "Where Love Is, There God Is Also", "The Three Hermits", & "What Men Live By".

Great quote:
"I have learned that God does not wish men to live each for himself, and therefore He has not revealed to them what they each need for themselves, but He wishes them to live in union, and therefore He has revealed to them what is necessary for each and for all together."
Asri Pandanwangi
A universal spiritual story that must be read by any body. It's a very touched simple story. The beautiful spiritual intimacy between God and man. I always love the way Tolstoy wrote his stories which always contain of social, moral, religious, and spiritual issues. His works are not only wonderful but also meaningful and timeless. Indeed Tolstoy is not only one of the world's greatest novelists, he is also a moral philosopher.
Nov 21, 2008 Hans rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who love love.
My fist Tolstoy book. I hope to read many more. This was a short-story and it was simple and beautiful. This book does better at capturing the "true" essence of Christianity than most religious texts.
Shokufeh شکوفه  Kavani کاوانی
I hope so as I have been hurt by love , constantly...does it mean that God has hurt me ?.........what is your answer , my beloved Tolstoy ?
One of my favorite short stories of all time.
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This is a simple and unimaginative story with a familiar Christian theme. But, Tolstoy does us a couple of favors in telling it. One, we probably cannot be told too often that we should treat each stranger as if he/she were the returning Jesus. Two, it is humbling to be reminded of the time and culture in which Tolstoy wrote, a time when more infants died than not and when hunger was just a fact of daily living for the masses. We candy asses of today have it prett...more
[258] IN a certain city dwelt Martin Avdyeeich, the cobbler. He lived in a cellar, a wretched little hole with a single window. The window looked up towards the street, and through it Martin could just see the passers-by. It is true that he could see little more than their boots, but Martin Avdyeeich could read a man's character by his boots, so he needed no more. Martin Avdyeeich had lived long in that one place, and had many acquaintances. Few indeed were the boots in that neighborhood which h...more
Kennedy Ifeh
Tolstoy espoused on the lessons of Matthew 25:40. The lessons of this short story are a guide to how we ought to live our lives. A life lived for one’s own happiness is not worth living.
In the story, Martin Avdyeeich, the cobbler, had a dream wherein he heard the voice of Christ that He will come and visit him. Martin then had three strange experiences in which he came face to face with needy people. He helped them. He waited in his shop until late hours and Christ never visited. Then he stumble...more
Love, love, love it!
A very powerful short story. I had tingles and goosebumps when I reached the end. A message of love, altruism, spirituality, humility, and forgiveness.
Perkenalan saya yang pertama dan satu-satunya (sejauh ini) pada karya Leo Tolstoy.

Menurut saya kisah-kisah di buku ini sangat enerjik dan dipenuhi kebaikan. :)

Tolstoy dikenal sangat relijius dan mungkin itu yang membuatnya ahli dalam menyampaikan cerita-cerita yang menggambarkan naik-turunnya kadar toleransi dan moral manusia, yang disampaikan secara jujur dan bahkan lucu.

Kesimpulannya, dalam kehidupan banyak terjadi fenomena yang sulit dipahami, perselisihan dan ego yang sebenernya dapat diata...more
Rob McFarren
I read a kindle version of only the title story. short, yet devotional.
incredible LaLa
bagus lah!!!leo tolstoy gitu loh!!!secara buku ini versi indonesia-nya aja yang nerjemahin pramudya ananta toer!!!
emang siy judul terjemahannya ngga banget... "Kembali Pada Cinta Kasih-Mu".. tp so far ok, cuman ya agak berbau roman2 sastra lama gitu deh...

ceritanya itu standar kisah cinta jaman dulu siy...cinta yang tersandung perbedaan umur...

dengan latar belakang uni sovyet yang baru ancur...alias terpecah belah...ditengah2 orang yang lagi memperbaiki dirinya masing2 akhirnya rasa itu tiba unt...more
Three simple parables by a great writer. A fantastic afternoon read.
One of the final quotes by Tolstoy in the final story is this:

"I have learned that it is only in appearance that they(men) are kept alive through care for themselves, but that in reality they are kept alive through love. He who dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him, for God is love."
Mallory Rosenfeld
I love anything Tolstoy writes so I again enjoyed this one. Its short but sweet. A great Christmas read. It portrays the real meaning of Christmas and that is special to read about during the holiday break.
I've read edited editions of the first and third of these three short stories. They were quite thought-provoking; like Tolstoy's short story "God Sees the Truth, but Waits," these two stories ("Where Love Is..." and "What Men Live By") can help change, I think, one's perspective of life.
I loved this collection of short stories when I was younger, although I confess some of them seem a bit trite now. I still enjoy Tolstoy as a writer, and if I ever finish learning Russian, I would love to read these stories as they were originally written.
i really enjoyed leo tolstoy's short stories. i think they're charming and touching. this one had a great message and his writing reminds me of Paolo Coehlo's writing. simple, yet telling a profound story.
Karen Heart
Very beautiful, touching story. It really shows how easy it can be to show love to others and make not only your life better but also the lives of those you encounter in your day. Worth the read.
John Martindale
This short story warmed my heart and stirred emotions and encouraged me to love. Tolstory had a wonderful grasp of Jesus' heart and teachings. I look forward to reading more of his works
Omkar Shetye
Eventhough I am an atheist and staunchly opposed to to religion Leo Tolstoy's excellent storytelling made me stick to it all through the book. A story worth reading; a story worth telling.
Well it was so an expected finishing
& all what he mentioned in the beginning was a preparation for the final idea --- it was obvious but I will give him a 3rd chance!
What a touching story. The characters really moved me. They seemed so real, so religious and so true. It was a simple story, nonetheless a very good one.
Absolutely love this book, it showed a completely different side to Tolstoy that is at odds with his usual writing side and it was an amazing read.
Scott Whitney
If only we could learn to live like this today. I read the Project Gutenberg text available in many electronic formats at
yes. it's well worth the time. my christmas read for this year. second reading (sunday 10 june 2012) is a b j harrison reading. a good one.
These three stories are powerful examples of ways each of us should act in today's world. I've read it several times.
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Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой; commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider To...more
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