A Calendar of Wisdom: Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul, Written and Selected from the World's Sacred Texts Hardcover – Oct 14 1997
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Tolstoy's last major work reflects his desire to proselytize the moral faith and ideals he struggled to put into practice in his later years. Tolstoy believed that reading daily from the world's great literature was imperative for both his own spiritual edification and that of his readers, so he set himself the task of gathering a wide range of wisdom for every day of the year. He translated, abbreviated, and in many cases expressed entirely in his own words these "quotations" from diverse sources such as the New Testament, the Koran, Greek philosophy, Lao-Tzu, Buddhist thought, and the poetry, novels, and essays of both ancient writers and contemporary thinkers. An important book now released in English for the first time.
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Sarah Ban Breathnach SIMPLE ABUNDANCE All writers believe that there is one book that they and they alone were born to bring into the world. The great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy believed his was A Calendar of Wisdom. Here is a profound and passionate collaboration between the Great Creator and one of history's consummate artists. That we should be able to reach through the portcullis of the past to share the private observations that inspired Leo Tolstoy to discover the sacred in the ordinary a century after he gleaned them from the world's sacred texts seems to me to be nothing less than miraculous. You'll feel as if a devoted spiritual guide, with a wink in his eye, has secretly helped you circumvent the laws of heaven and earth in order to nourish and sustain you on your own personal journey to wholeness. Savoring each day's passage fills me with gratitude, delight, and often awe. Here is a book to be cherished.See all Product Description
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I can see now that this volume shall never leave my personal library. Indeed, it may never leave my nightstand. After the horrors and abominations of the day, this book never fails to restore the soul.
Unless of course you are an INFJ personality type- in that case this book IS your soul....
"A Calendar of Wisdom" is a collection of quotations culled from world literature and grouped thematically for each day of the year. It is, in Tolstoy's words, "an accumulation of the cultural heritage of our ancestors, the best thinkers in the world."
This book is, by design, popular reading from a great master; it was made, in his words, "to present for a wide reading audience an easily accessible, everyday circle of reading which will arouse their best thoughts and feelings." And, as a book of daily inspiration, it is probably the best of the lot. Whose life wouldn't be bettered by a daily nibble of Shakespeare, Lao Tsu, Ruskin, the Talmud, the Dhammapada, Socrates, Jefferson and a host of small and tall 18th and 19th century thinkers?
Tolstoy's sentiments are truly affecting, simple but not easy prescriptions for daily living. But keep in mind that it was not enough for the count himself, who died -- barely two years after the publication of the last edition of the calendar -- at a lonely train station as he attempted to flee the bonds of his gentrified life.
In these readings life serves up some measures of grief as well as comfort food. It is in fact, Tolstoy's vision. I think of this calendar as Tolstoy's spiritual Rolodex; a kind of truth one can live and prosper with.
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I was expecting a more all-embracing view and did not realize that Tolstoy was such a fervent Christian. Too much God stuff for me - a lot of it about sin and death.. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2010 by moonchild
Calendar of Wisdom, a compilation of various wise sayings, is not the last book written by Tolstoy as claimed by one reader --Path of Life is. Read morePublished on May 2 2003
These intellectual and spiritual perspectives organized into bite-sized morsels of wisdom are thematic and tasty. An important part of my daily diet. Read morePublished on March 2 2001 by Kim Gokce
...laid gradually, day by day. There are still critics of Tolstoy who view his religious phase of life with anything from consternation to disdain. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 1999
I have been reading the selections from this book every day for over a year. It is a great way to get a glimpse into a great mind. Read morePublished on May 25 1999
It's one of the books I have beside my bed to read at night as a way of focusing my heart on the things that matter. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 1999
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