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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, 24 pages
Published November 30th 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published April 10th 1885)
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Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is fitting on Christmas Day to read a story about love. After all, love came down at Christmas.

Martuin Avdyeitch is a humble shoemaker, a good man, whose Job-like suffering has caused him to wish he is dead. It is hard to keep the faith when life gets out of control and God seems absent.

An encounter with an old man encouraged him to read the New Testament, and his spiritual perspective starts to shift. Tolstoy said, ‘And the more he read, the more he understood, and the brighter and happier
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
Very few people know that Tolstoy wrote short stories with a Christian theme. In this thin volume, 3 of those stories are shared.

Where Love Is, There God is Also
This is a story about a humble shoemaker. He believes with childlike faith. in three encounters with various people in need, he shows the Gospel in action. He then realizes he has seen God in each of them through his caring for them.

The Three Hermits
A bishop learns a very important lesson from three hermits who live on an otherwise deser
B. P. Rinehart
Nov 16, 2013 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 thin
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple but charming story in the mode of a folk tale about a man who pulls himself out of despair by finding Christ, has a discernment he will meet Christ, and finally an epiphany that he has met Christ.
Elizabeth Dragina
Lisa N
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
Asri Pandanwangi
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
An absolutely beautiful and moving short story of an elderly man who expects Christ as a visitor after reading a fair amount of the NT, but instead finds that his visitor comes by his kindness and generosity to those less fortunate.

I loved every word of it. A+++++++
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't comment on Tolstoy's books, just amazing.
Lovely story!
Kennedy Ifeh
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Beautiful story Babushka😀
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite short stories of all time.
Meredith Hardy
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
classic reverie
I had heard the radio adaption of Tolstoy's "Where Love Is, There God Is Also" years ago and I wanted to read this short story and today reading this in William Bennett's The Book of Virtue, so I did not read this edtion. The radio version is a little different and I will remark in the spoiler section.

Story in short- A cobbler after reading The Bible would be help others and if Christ/God would be helped by him.

Old Time Radio The Family Theater- December 15, 1954

Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a surprising and deeply moving experience from an author whose more famous works are very familiar to me--surprising perhaps because I have read very little of his late writing after his spiritual awakening. He illustrates how the teaching of Christ when he walked on earth should be applied in everyday life. He does this in a very clear way with the three examples in which the hero of the story gets involved. This story reminded me in its spirit of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s novella “Matr ...more
Delightful story that brought light and warmth to my soul, which I need this particular Christmas year. I've heard the story before, but I've never heard Tolstoy's words, which were beautiful.
Miles Smith
A charming short story based on the 25th chapter of St Matthew’s Gospel, written in 1885 as Tolstoy embraces his pietism.
Cindy DeLong
I really liked these short stories.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short tale about a cobbler who learns to live out the Gospel and serve Christ by serving those who pass by his shop.
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tolstoy’s story is quite touching and makes me love his writing even more so. Here is one inspiring quote from the beginning of the story:

'I no longer even wish to live, holy man,' he said. 'All I ask of God is that I soon may die. I am now quite without hope in the world.'

The old man replied: 'You have no right to say such things, Martin. We cannot judge God's ways. Not our reasoning, but God's will, decides. If God willed that your son should die and you should live, it must be best so. As to
Mindy Cheah
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lillian Slater
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Matthew 25:35-40 English Standard Version (ESV)

35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you
Apr 13, 2012 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."
Nov 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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 ?
Josiah Richardson
Tolstoy, the famed author of War and Peace, eventually became a Christian in his later years and focused several works on his faith - this being one of those. Tolstoy tells an old Russian tale of a man who encounters multiple people throughout his week who need his help, trying to obey Christ's command in Matthew 25 where Christ says that helping those in need and visiting those in prison is actually helping Christ and visiting Him. Though this tale has been adapted ad nauseum, the sentiment beg ...more
Tracey the Bookworm
A beautiful story at any time of the year but especially appropriate to read at Christmas. An old shoemaker, Martin Avdeitch, has seemingly lost all and wishes only to be allowed to die. As the story progresses he learns valuable, eternal truths.
The message is clear;
"As to your own despair-that comes because you wish to live for your own happiness."

So what to do; to live to serve God.
Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it
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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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