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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. 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.


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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. 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.

30 review for Where Love Is, There God Is Also

  1. 5 out of 5

    Celia

    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 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 deserted island. When the bishop tries to teach them the proper way to pray, he learns that prayer is from the heart and should not be based on mere ritual. What Men Live By This tale examines what people need in order to live. One of God's angels is banished to earth until he has learned three lessons: what is IN men, what is not given to men, and what men live by. I first read this book in Jan of 2008 after I received it for Christmas. I am so glad that my group, Catholic Thought, chose to read if for this Christmas. It gave me the opportunity to read it again and have its lessons re-established. Reread Dec 25, 2020. Still just as good. 5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laysee

    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 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 it grew in his heart.’ Martuin has a remarkably teachable soul - ‘And he began to measure his life by these words.’ Martuin lives in a little basement room with only one window from which he has the habit of looking out onto the street. Even though all he could see are the feet of the passer-bys, he recognizes the people by their boots. One day, God comes visiting in the most unexpected ways on that familiar street and Martuin learns that He is not absent after all. What a heartwarming story! I never knew Tolstoy wrote stories with a spiritual theme. I am glad to have read one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    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 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 living it for God. How do you do that? By loving others created in the image of God. This is the moral/theme of the story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    B. P. Rinehart

    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 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 that was?" Tolstoy is not satisfied that the "flood parable" is efficient enough to convey that point or any substantial one so he writes his own take on looking for God. We meet Martin, a shoe repairman, who has had a lot of difficulty in his life, and after a crisis of faith, wants to rededicate himself to God on a more basic level. He falls asleep one evening while reading the New Testament and hears a voice he takes to be Christ saying he will visit Martin tomorrow. Martin becomes anxious as he has no idea whether the voice was real or not, but as the day starts he makes preparations for a visitor... I will stop there as that is the point where Tolstoy starts to work his magic. I first heard about this story as a kid when a Christmas themed cartoon that adapted this story would show on television. Though this story is not a Christmas story, it contains a very universal message of the godliness of love and charity, which is why Tolstoy named it after the Christan hymn of the same name. Though I have not read any of his novels, Tolstoy is a master of short stories from what I have read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    SheAintGotNoShoes

    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+++++++

  6. 5 out of 5

    Manny

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Dragina

    Intriguing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    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 “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 have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Catchy title, one of my very favorite primary songs.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    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. 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I read this once a year, usually at Christmas, but this year I needed Christmas in July. This is a favorite and so beautiful and true. Matthew 25:40 "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." I read this once a year, usually at Christmas, but this year I needed Christmas in July. This is a favorite and so beautiful and true. Matthew 25:40 "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

  11. 4 out of 5

    KurdishBookworm

    I can't comment on Tolstoy's books, just amazing. I can't comment on Tolstoy's books, just amazing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kerstin

    Lovely story!

  13. 4 out of 5

    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 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 stumbled into Matt. 25:40, ‘Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.’ He was pleased that indeed Christ had visited him. I find the last experience of the cobbler more inspiring. We should not rely on the institution of the Government in the fight against corruption.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Close Enough

    Beautiful story Babushka😀

  15. 4 out of 5

    Galicius

    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 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 “Matriona’s House.” It appears though that there is presently no English translation available of that powerful work.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hans

    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. 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    One of my favorite short stories of all time.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Hardy

    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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

    A poignant and touching tale.

  20. 5 out of 5

    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 https://www.oldtimeradiodownload 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 https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com... This is a very wonderful story which gives the meaning of helping and what God would do in loving others especially who need help. ❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌spoiler alert ❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌❌ In the radio version a friend tells a the cobbler who has lost his family to read The Bible for spiritual help and extra information of those he helped. The woman with child is a soldier's wife. In the story nothing except that he had children and that he decided to read The Bible and helping others and especially hoping he would help Christ/God.

  21. 5 out of 5

    M

    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. 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Miles Smith

    A charming short story based on the 25th chapter of St Matthew’s Gospel, written in 1885 as Tolstoy embraces his pietism.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cindy DeLong

    I really liked these short stories.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anand Chauhan

    In asmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even these least, ye did it unto me. (Matt. Xxv.)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    A short tale about a cobbler who learns to live out the Gospel and serve Christ by serving those who pass by his shop.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sassa

    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 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 your despair -- that comes because you wish to live for your own happiness.' 'What else should one live for?' asked Martin. 'For God, Martin,' said the old man. 'He gives you life, and you must live for Him. When you have learnt to live for Him, you will grieve no more, and all will seem easy to you.'

  27. 4 out of 5

    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 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 cobbler. That night, the cobbler has a dream in which he dreams that Jesus promises to visit him three times the very next day. Confused by the dream, he watches the window the whole day waiting for Christ's visit. He is visited by three different poor strangers, each needing the cobbler's help, but not Jesus. He helps the three poor strangers in turn, but at the end of the day, Jesus has not come. That night, the cobbler reads the priest's Bible, and chances on the verse that says to have compassion for the least of Christ's brethren is the same as to help Christ himself. The cobbler realizes that where love is there is God also.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lillian Slater

    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 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 sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’

  29. 4 out of 5

    Trelesa

    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." 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."

  30. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    Tolstoy preaches the Gospel There are some who might consider this story trite and contrived, but as a man of faith, I found it inspiring. It is doubtful Tolstoy will convert anyone with this tale, but believers will enjoy the story of a man who puts his faith in action. This is not a conversion story but a parable of the finest order.

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