The Kingdom of God Is Within You
The Kingdom of God Is Within You is Leo Tolstoy's follow-up to his powerful book entitled, My Religion. Tolstoy became very interested in Christianity and the teachings of Jesus Christ later in life, and he applied what he learned as a student to teach others the lessons he was then applying. We see a world fragmented and hateful to love and the golden rule of Christ. Tolstoy set about correcting this, and more of the message is communicated in this volume. Alan Lewis Silva has carefully and lovingly edited this edition to make it more openly accessible to English readers. This is a more direct edition that features a new arrangement of the book's chapters to prioritize Tolstoy's Christian development while retaining all the original chapters and content with editorial improvements.
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy; 9 September [O.S. 28 August] 1828 - 20 November 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received multiple nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906, and nominations for Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902 and 1910, and the fact that he never won is a major Nobel prize controversy.
Born to an aristocratic Russian family in 1828, he is best known for the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877), often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction. He first achieved literary acclaim in his twenties with his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (1852-1856), and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based upon his experiences in the Crimean War. Tolstoy's fiction includes dozens of short stories and several novellas such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886), Family Happiness (1859), and Hadji Murad (1912). He also wrote plays and numerous philosophical essays.
In the 1870s Tolstoy experienced a profound moral crisis, followed by what he regarded as an equally profound spiritual awakening, as outlined in his non-fiction work A Confession (1882). His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him to become a fervent Christian anarchist and pacifist. Tolstoy's ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You (1894), had a profound impact on such pivotal 20th-century figures as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Tolstoy also became a dedicated advocate of Georgism, the economic philosophy of Henry George, which he incorporated into his writing, particularly Resurrection (1899).