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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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Dhanaraj Rajan
Thanks to Aldiko.

This is my second attempt to familiarize myself with Kindle type books. For experiments, I always choose shorter ones. This is a short story spreading over some 19 pages. I read it in one sitting. I liked the story.

About the Story:

It is a simple parable that explains the meaning of our life here on earth. The world view adapted by Tolstoy is Christian.

We are created. And life is a gift from God. This gift is not for one's selfish enjoyment. One has to live it to the full by liv
Ken Moten
Jan 13, 2014 Ken Moten rated it really liked it  ·  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
Lisa N
Jan 09, 2013 Lisa N rated it it was amazing
“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
Mindy Cheah
Dec 08, 2011 Mindy Cheah rated it really liked it
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
Kennedy Ifeh
Dec 25, 2013 Kennedy Ifeh rated it really liked it
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
Meredith Hardy
Jul 31, 2015 Meredith Hardy rated it really liked it
I enjoyed these short stories. I always enjoy a different perspective on God that is not technically scripture. A going quick read that will remind you boldly how we should be more like Christ.
mirela Darau
Aug 15, 2010 mirela Darau rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 28, 2016 Yasemin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 21, 2015 Boshra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هناك قصة قديمة مماثلة من بعض الوجوه، سوف أسردها مختصرة ، تقول القصة: "ان رجلا محاصرا في منزله أثناء الفيضان والمياه آخذة في الارتفاع سأل الله أن ينقذه وبعد محاولات عديدة من قبل الناس لإنقاذه عن طريق القوارب وطائرات الهليكوبتر ولكنه رفضها جميعا، لأنه أكد لهم ان الله سوف يأتي وينقذه، وبعد وفاته. ذهب الى السماء وسأل الله لماذا لم ينزل وينقذه اجابه الله: "أنا أرسلت لك القوارب وطائرة الهليكوبتر لتنقذك، ماذا كنت تظنها؟ "

تولستوي ليس مقتنعا ان قصة "الرجل و السيول" قادرة او فعالة بما فيه الكفاية لتنقل هذ
Apr 17, 2012 Trelesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 15, 2013 Asri Pandanwangi rated it really liked it
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 really liked it
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 ?
Dec 19, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite short stories of all time.
Feb 23, 2014 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 04, 2007 Saffa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gnostic
[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
Jul 22, 2015 Cyndi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
As you read, remember this is fiction and he intended for fiction. Though his theology is not always solid, Tolstoy writes beautifully crafted stories that draw us closer to God and motivate us to live a life loving God and others. He is my favorite author and this is my favorite of his many works.
Danyal Effendi
Apr 11, 2015 Danyal Effendi rated it it was amazing
I learnt, through this 100+ years old short story that the God is same, the Prophets are same, the teachings of Jesus & Muhammad are same, but we, people have become different.
Hoda Marmar
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.
Gita Sturtevant
Jul 14, 2015 Gita Sturtevant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

No matter what faith you follow this should be read by all who may have forgotten how good following the golden rule felt.
Feb 23, 2013 Ilham rated it really liked it
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
Rob McFarren
Feb 20, 2014 Rob McFarren rated it really liked it
I read a kindle version of only the title story. short, yet devotional.
incredible LaLa
Sep 25, 2007 incredible LaLa rated it liked it
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
Muhammed Mikailzadeh
Nov 26, 2014 Muhammed Mikailzadeh rated it it was amazing
ingiliscə oxumağa başlamaq üçün ideal əsər idi. amma məndə məcburi oldu. normal türkcə pdf tapmadığımdan.
Ana Guillen
Mar 24, 2015 Ana Guillen rated it it was amazing
Me encanto..una historia corta pero muy significativa. Muestra de fe
Nov 15, 2015 Sean rated it really liked it
Obvious, but it's Tolstoy so it's good.
Jan 13, 2015 Yadu added it
Mar 16, 2015 Zinjah rated it it was amazing
A touching short story. Very enjoyable and uplifting!
Feb 29, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-challenge
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."
Dec 28, 2013 MalRoseMallory rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-dramas
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.
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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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“In the morning he would sit down to work, finish his allotted task, then take the little lamp from the hook, put it on the table, get his book from the shelf, open it, and sit down to read. And the more he read, the more he understood, and the brighter and happier it grew in his heart.” 1 likes
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