The Kingdom Of God Is Within Youby Leo Tolstoy
Banned in Russia for years,
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The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy is one of the most provocative anti-establishment and anti-authoritarian pieces of literature ever written. Tolstoy's philosophy of nonviolent resistance had a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth-century figures as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Banned in Russia for years, published in hundreds of editions, and translated into virtually every modern language, it has not been out of print since 1894.
No less a figure than Mahatma Gandhi himself has acknowledged that it provided the inspiration to denounce violent revolution, and find his inner divinity for the strength to effect social change.
In Gandhi's words: "Tolstoy's The Kingdom of God is Within You overwhelmed me. Before the independent thinking, profound morality and truthfulness of this book, all the books given me seemed to pale into insignificance."
The appearance of this sumptuously produced digital edition of The Kingdom of God is Within You will delight the countless admirers of Leo Tolstoy.
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I read this book about 3 years ago. It changed my life because I felt that Tolstoy saw the same thing I saw in Christianity which is the Sermon on the mount.I abandoned my catholic faith because of it. But now I believe in the Church again. What I can't understand about Tolstoy and other modernist heretics is that why do they concede only so much of their 'faith' to 'reason'? Like why believe in God and heaven and stop with the trinity and the incarnation? Why believe in Mt. 5-7 and stop with the rest of the gospel? Because of Reason? What to me doesn't make sense is believing in God, Heaven, sermon on the mount and then believe that for some stupid reason the early Christians made up the rest and even suffered persecution and death for their fables. This book is a good book about life in the late 19th century but it is a Heresy. Just because something is mysterious doesn't mean it is absurd. Life is mysterious but it can still made sense out of and doesn't have to be absurd just because some 19th/20th century philosopher said so. Poor Tolstoy for not being reasonable enough to see all of this.
This is one of the greatest works ever written. It outlines the corruption manifested in many organized religions and challenges the readers to search for their own Kingdom of God within themselves. It's no wonder that many of the churches and governments banned this work which was a challenge to their own belief system. The reader may be shocked that this does not read like a novel which Tolstoy is most known for. Of all the great works that Tolstoy has written, Anna Karenina, War and Peace, Haji Murad, The Death of Ivan Illyich, this IS his best work. I would reccomend to the reader to buy 3 or 4 copies of this book and give it as a gift to friends or family.