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A Calendar of Wisdom: Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul, Written and Selected from the World's Sacred Texts Hardcover – October 14, 1997
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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....
One can read War and Peace and be entertained, but at the end of the day, it is works like this which lend to reflection and making oneself a better person (or trying to become one), which makes this much a more important book. Tolstoy saw this; I believe you will too after reading this.
Tolstoy had a later book written just before his death called Path of Life, which is similar to this in that it is a compendium of great thoughts from great thinkers, but it is not in the 365 day format of this book which makes so easily accessible. BOTH are highly recommended though....they each have a permanent place on my bookshelf.
"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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Absolutely love reading these every day either to myself or my children.Published 2 months ago by ryan and pamela hedgecock
One of those books you like to open to the day of the month, and read some uplifting wordsPublished 3 months ago by Lois E. Meessen
I'm so glad to have found this book, a rare book in America, here for the first time in English (recently), apparently. It was one of Tolstoy's very last works (THE last? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brandon Matuja
A unique daily spiritual and philosophical reader.
For those who seek personal and social improvement. Read more
Wish I could find 10 of these books for presents. So inspirational .Published 6 months ago by sharon metcalf
I've been reading this daily for six months. Tolstoy was an Orthodox Christian though he did not always agree with the church, nor it with him. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Paula